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Instant Recap: OSU Falls to Texas A&M 24-21 in 2019 Texas Bowl

The Cowboys end 2019 with a loss.

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Oklahoma State fell to Texas A&M 24-21 in the Academy Sports & Outdoors Texas Bowl on Friday night, breaking its streak of three consecutive postseason wins. The Cowboys finish their 2019 season 8-5.

OSU may have come up short but one Cowboy made history. Chuba Hubbard became just the second player in Oklahoma State history to rush for at least 2,000 yards in a single season, joining Barry Sanders. He finished the game with 158 yards on 19 carries but was held scoreless for just the second time this season. He ends 2019 with 2,094 total rushing yards.

Dru Brown got the start over an apparently still injured Spencer Sanders and completed 15-f-28 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another score. Sanders rushed twice for three yards but did not attempt a pass. Braydon Johnson led the Cowboys with 124 receiving yards and two touchdowns on five catches.

Amen Ogbongbemiga led the game with a career-high 12 total tackles, a tackle for loss and a sack. Malcolm Rodriguez added nine tackles and 0.5 TFLs and Trace Ford recorded three tackles and a forced fumble.

It looked like it was going to be all Cowboys early after they built a 14-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to some tough defense and big plays on offense from the likes of Chuba Hubbard and Braydon Johnson.

The Cowboys defense was solid for most of the game, shutting out the Aggies in the first half and grabbing two takeaways. Before you correct me on the shut out, I said the Cowboys defense shut out the Aggies in the first half.

After the Cowboys offense stalled deep in its own territory, a Tom Hutton punt only made it 17 yards and gave the Aggies a 22-yard field. They would score but the Cowboys defense made it hard, stretching that short field into six-play drive that took 2:24 off the clock.

Mistakes and missed opportunities would become a trend for the Pokes. Here are a few of the big ones that made the difference in this game.

• Matt Ammendola missed field goal attempts of 53 and 46 yards in the first half.

• On the first possession of the second half, Dru Brown had Jordan McCray and Braydon Johnson on back-to-back deep balls that were broken up. Both were thrown about as well as they could be. Johnson’s may have been catchable. McCray appears to have just lost the ball in the lights. That resulted in OSU’s first three-and-out of the game.

• On the ensuing A&M drive, Mike Scott had a sack on third-and-9 that was called back due to an offsides penalty. The Aggies would convert on a big play the next snap which would lead to a game-tying scoring drive.

With just over four minutes remaining in the third quarter, both teams combined for exactly 200 offensive yards. The problem was that OSU had just 1 of them.

Both defenses grounded it out for much of the third quarter, leaving the score tied at 14-all for 15 minutes before Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond broke free for a 67-yard touchdown run to give the Aggies their first lead of the game early in the fourth.

After Chuba Hubbard broke loose for a big run of his own, the Cowboys found themselves in A&M territory. But a botched play and resulting no gain from Spencer Sanders on fourth-and-1 gave the ball back to the Aggies up 7 with eight minutes to go.

Down 24-14 after holding A&M to a field goal, OSU’s offense suddenly found some life, orchestrating an eight-play scoring drive in just 1:48 that was fuel mostly by you know who. But with just over a minute and one timeout remaining, a converted onside kick was needed to give the Cowboys life. Unfortunately, the Aggies fell on it allowing its offense to run out the clock.

 

 

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