Thursday, December 13, 2012
Best/worst in 2012: Texas A&M
By Chris Low
It was a memorable season all the way around for Texas A&M in its first campaign in the SEC:
Where do you start? Obviously, quarterback Johnny Manziel becoming the first freshman in history to win the Heisman Trophy has to be right up there when you start ranking memorable moments for the Aggies this season. But on the field, nothing surpasses Texas A&M's 29-24 win over then-No. 1 and previously unbeaten Alabama on Nov. 10. Not only did that thrilling win propel Manziel to the forefront of the Heisman picture, but it served notice that the Aggies are going to be a force in the rugged Western Division. Going into Bryant-Denny Stadium and winning made it even more special. It's the kind of win that will continue to pay dividends on the recruiting trail for the Aggies, who won 10 games for the first time since the 1998 season.
The 20-17 home loss to Florida in the season-opener was a tough one to digest, but it was Manziel's first game and the Aggies were still figuring things out as a team. The one that hurt was the 24-19 home loss to LSU a month and a half later. The Aggies jumped out to a 12-0 lead, but couldn't make it hold up. They turned the ball over five times, including three interceptions by Manziel, and were unable to stop LSU's running game when it counted. Had they been able to hold on and win, they would have claimed the Western Division title by virture of their win over Alabama and would have played in the SEC championship game in their first season in the league. It's likely that they would have also been playing for a berth in the Discover BCS National Championship.