WATCH: 12th Man Sam Matthews Pulls Down Clutch INT for Texas A&M Football

The Aggies needed a huge play, and the 12th man came through for Texas A&M football.
Nov 11, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Sam Mathews (12) runs out
Nov 11, 2023; College Station, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Sam Mathews (12) runs out / Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M Football Gets Huge Turnover Courtesy of 12th Man Sam Mathews

It's almost a poetic eventuality for Texas A&M football. Down way too many of their scholarship players, 12th Man Sam Mathews has had to step in and play a huge amount of the game at safety. He's acquitted himself well so far, tackling hard and making big hits, and he may have just made his most clutch play yet.

The Cowboys were driving after forcing an Aggie turnover at the one yard line when a score for Texas A&M football would have drawn the game within four point. A disheartening eventuality, to be sure, but Sam Mathews brought things back around pretty quickly.

It's so rare to see a 12th Man make a play not on special teams, so you have to treasure those moments when they happen. The last big moment for a 12th Man was, ironically, Jimbo's first bowl game, when Cullen Gillaspia ran for a touchdown in the waning seconds of a blowout over North Carolina State.

Mathews here just makes a great play. Back in a deep zone, he has his eyes on the quarterback the whole time, and hardly has to move to get in position to make the catch. This really came in a key moment; if the Cowboys had scored another touchdown, that might have sunk the Aggies for good.

Instead, the Aggies had new life. They were unable to capitalize on that drive, but stopping the Cowboys after they had fought their way out of the shadow of their own end zone is pretty big. Down 31-20 and with the Pokes taking possession, the defense for this Texas A&M football team will have to step up. Will Sam Mathews make another play? We'll have to wait and see on that one.

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