For all the magic that’s engulfed the 2012 season at Texas A&M, every player in the Aggie locker room—especially seniors—remember two scores.
Those two scores represent the last two meetings between A&M and Missouri.
In 2010, A&M’s made the motto for their season, “Take the Next Step.” For a while that year, the next step looked to be a big jump backwards after the Ags went on a three-game losing streak capped off by being thoroughly dominated by a Blaine Gabbert-led Mizzou squad. The game was so ugly, then-head coach Mike Sherman burned all previous game film and hit the reset button on A&M’s season.
In 2011, A&M looked to be recovering from disastrous early season losses to OK State and Arkansas, reeling off three straight victories including over the RGIII-led Baylor Bears. But on an early Saturday afternoon, a 3-4 Missouri team took the wheels off the Aggies’ proverbial wagon by scoring 14 fourth quarter points and shocking the maroon and white in OT. One could argue that this game was the one that sent A&M’s season into utter mayhem.
In consecutive seasons, the Tigers have made a profound impact on the Aggies and they will have an opportunity to send their biggest shockwave Saturday night at Kyle Field.
The two teams go into Saturday on completely different paths. Texas A&M enters with hopes of achieving their first 10-win season since Sirr Parker caught slant passes from Brandon Stewart. Oh and in case you did not know, the Aggies also come in with the Heisman Trophy favorite, Johnny Manziel.
Missouri, once considered to have a better introduction to the SEC than the Ags, needs a victory Saturday to become bowl eligible. The Tigers have been hampered by injuries all season, most notably starting quarterback James Franklin. While disappointing would be a kind way of putting Mizzou’s season right now, they will play with extreme confidence having not lost to A&M since 2006 and having the opportunity to derail all the excitement Kevin Sumlin and company have built.
Looking to ensure that does not happen will be seniors Jonathan Stewart, Sean Porter and Ryan Swope. The senior class that will make their final entrance into Kyle Field will be remembered as the first class of A&M’s inaugural SEC season as well the roller coaster of adversity throughout their tenure. From the Cotton Bowl to a fired coach, the seniors held strong and bought in to the mentality Kevin Sumlin has tried to instill.
Now one final time, they’ll get to play under the lights of Kyle looking to seal their place in A&M history.