Sunday, November 9, 2014

Morning Wrap: Texas A&M Ends Auburn's Playoff Hopes


Raise your hand if you saw this one coming. (Not you Aggie fans)

Texas A&M, losers of three straight SEC games, managed to squeak out a 41-38 win vs. a sloppy Auburn team at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The Aggies led for the entire game, a game where both, well, struggled. And the game was in doubt until the very end, when the Tigers fumbled the ball on consecutive drives at the end of the game. Drives that would probably have given them the lead had they not gotten the dropsies.

Auburn botched a handoff from Nick Marshall to Tailback Cameron Artis-Payne on the Aggies 2-yard line late in the 4th quarter. A and M's Julian Obioha recovered. And with 54 seconds left and the ball on the Aggies 28, Auburn Center Reese Disumkes snapped the ball to QB Nick Marshall while Marshall appeared to be changing the play. Alonzo Williams fell on the ball for A and M.

Game over.

Freshman QB Kyle Allen was exceptional, throwing for 277 yards and 4 TD's. Auburn was led by Tailback Cameron Artis-Payne who ran for 225 yards and a pair of TD's.

The loss drops Auburn to 7-2, 4-2 in the SEC. And it eliminates them from both the SEC title game and the College Football playoff. They still have games with Georgia and Alabama left.

The Aggies move to 7-3, 3-3 in the SEC.

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