COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The Texas A&M football team closed the 2008 edition of spring practice with the annual Maroon & White Game presented by Melrose StudentSuites and Allstate in front of 32,000 fans at Kyle Field on Saturday.
The Texas A&M squad led by quarterbacks Stephen McGee and Tommy Dorman outscored the Aggies team quarterbacked by Jerrod Johnson and Ryan Tannehill, 14-3, in two quarters of action. In the second half, the Aggies ran situational plays in the “strike zone,” two-minute offense, overtime and goal line.
On the first drive of the scrimmage, running back Mike Goodson took center stage with eight carries for 58 yards as Texas A&M marched the length of the field. McGee culminated the drive with a one-yard run on a naked bootleg to the endzone.
With Johnson at quarterback, the Aggies got on the scoreboard with a short drive that ended with a 44-yard field goal by Matt Szymanski. Running back Bradley Stephens did the heavy lifting with 41 yards on five carries on the drive.
On the ensuing drive, with Dorman at the helm, running back Cornell Tarrant broke loose for a 40-yard touchdown down the left sideline. He finished the day with a game-high 59 yards on just four carries.
McGee was the game’s leading passer, completing 5-of-8 passes for 58 yards with a long completion of 25 yards to converted tight end Jamie McCoy. McCoy was the top receiver with two catches for 31 yards. Tannehill chipped in 6-of-10 passing for 50 yards, while Johnson was 3-of-5 for 25 yards. Defensive back Chevar Bryson finished the scrimmage with a length-of-the-field interception return for a touchdown.
In other news, fans at the game voted via text messages for Nick LaMantia to be the 12th Man Kickoff Team representative in the Aggies’ season-opener against Arkansas State. Over 15,000 text message votes were sent with LaMantia receiving over 7,000 votes. LaMantia, from Mission, Texas, has been the Aggies’ top 12th Man for the past seasons and has served as at the 12th Man a school-record 24 times.