5 best Texas vs. Texas A&M football games of the Big 12 era

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2. November 24, 2006

I’m not at all exaggerating when I say my Aggie buddies and I still reference the “12-7” score when playing pickup basketball. Any time that score happens we all look at each other and know. This game was as old school as it gets, with both defenses dominating the game and getting physical, and sometimes overly physical.

Mark Dodge set the tone with an incredible 4th-and-1 stop early in the first quarter with the Longhorns threatening to put it in the end zone. He was all over the field that day and sealed the game with an interception late in the fourth quarter.

The Aggie offense responded to that fourth down stop by moving the ball all the way down the field for a touchdown, capped by a 41-yard touchdown run by Goodson. Texas A&M was devoted to the run game and milking the clock. They had 51 carries for 244 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. McGee only threw the ball 13 times the entire afternoon.

As good as the rushing attack was, the defense was the story. They held the nation’s No. 6 offense to just 230 yards and made Colt McCoy uncomfortable all game. McCoy had no touchdowns, three interceptions and was sacked twice.

This game was decided late on a rushing touchdown by McGee with 2:32 left in the fourth quarter. It had it all. Most importantly, it was an Aggie victory.