Metroplex Football Tussles Display Plenty of Offense, Aggie OT Thrille

by Dan M | Posted on Monday, September 29th, 2014

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With two games involving four teams from three different FBS conferences dotting the landscape and the first College Football Playoff rankings looming a month away, TCU-SMU and Arkansas-Texas A&M college football contests took on added significance.

And it didn’t hurt that A&M thrilled Aggie faithful with a 35-28 win in overtime at AT&T Stadium in Arlington after overcoming a 28-14 deficit in the fourth quarter.

“We knew if we could get some defensive stops late,” said an exhausted Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin, “we had a chance. (QB) Ken Hill and our receivers did a great job of protection, and we were able to slow down one of the nation’s best rushing teams. It was truly a team victory.”

Hill threw for 386 yards on 21-of-41 passes and four TDs as Johnny “Football” Manziel watched from the sidelines and the Aggies got the clinching TD in the extra period on a 25-yard Hill to Malcome Kennedy TD pass right over the middle.

On the other side of the Metroplex in Dallas, TCU head coach Gary Patterson was trying to hide some of his delight in a defensive shutout of American Athletic Conference member and former Western Athletic Conference teammate and “Battle for the Skillet” rival SMU in a 56-0 thumping of the Mustangs.

“We need to play a lot better,” he related, “and I told our team after the week of practice we had, I was concerned we would come out sluggish on offense against, and we did.”

Patterson’s forces, now 3-0 heading into a Big 12 Conference slate starting with Oklahoma Saturday in Fort Worth, warmed up after the hello canto and rolled to 614 yards of total offense against the Mustangs while tuning up their running game for 265 yards and just under eight yards per carry. QB Trevone Boykin picked apart the young SMU secondary with 23-of-36 passing for 289 yards and four TDs while RB B.J. Catalon rushed 19 times for 114 yards and six TDs to back Boykin’s 67 infantry yards and two rushing touchdowns.

“This one is a little hard to sort out,” SMU interim coach Tom Mason noted. “That’s the reason I’m in this chair (at the postgame news conference). I’m looking for small wins, and this wasn’t the week we turned the corner.”

SMU moved inside the TCU five-yard line twice and appeared to have scored its second TD of the year before a possible 36-yard pass to WR Darius Joseph was ruled correctly down after a 25-yard gain. His elbow touched the ground after Joseph made an acrobatic move to climb over a Frogs’ defender. QB Garrett Kritsch drew his first starting assignment for the Mustangs and was 14-for-30 for 142 yards, but TCU’s defense recorded 10 sacks and spent most of the day in the Ponies’ backfield.

Besides setting the stage for the TCU-OU skirmish in Fort Worth, A&M risks a No. 6 national ranking against No. 14 in the country Mississippi State Saturday before an enthusiastic sellout at Starkvegas, er, Starkville, Miss.

Even more will be revealed about No. 3 Oklahoma, the Aggies, Bulldogs, and a 3-0 TCU squad receiving Top 25 votes as the schools move a step closer toward possible conference titles and one of the four coveted positions in the new CFP.

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