Week 9: Shouldering the load

Saturday was a big sports day.  We had work and visitor distractions, but I did manage to watch most of the Aggie game and the end of the Stanford-Oregon State game after the wild ending of the World Series game 3.

Vanderbilt at A&M started at 11:20AM. The big question going into yesterday was whether Johnny Manziel would be able to play after hurting his shoulder last week against Auburn.  He had been seen in a sling and had been reported to be throwing left-handed in practice (presumably goofing off). The fear was that without Johnny Football, A&M would not be able to ourscore Vandy, who had just beaten Georgia. Vanderbilt was without their starting QB, but the freshman who would start had played well vs. the Dawgs and the much-maligned Aggie defense was predicted to give up lots of points. As it turned out, Manziel did play, and the D had its best game of the year, allowing both backup QBs to get reps and lead TD scoring drives.

The game felt closer than the 56-24 final score. A&M jumped out to a 28-0 lead by early in the second quarter, but then went turnover on downs, interception, fumble, fumble, fumble on possessions spanning halftime. Before the intermission, Vandy scored 17 unanswered points and would get the ball first in the second half.  At this point many TAMU fans were getting nervous. Fortunately for the Ags, on first play from scrimmage, Vandy QB Patton Robinette threw a pick-6 to safety Howard Matthews.  This meant that the Aggie D and the Vandy offense each got 7 points out of the Commodores 8 second-half possessions.  A&M doubled their total sacks for the year by adding 7.

Between the end of the TAMU game and the Stanford game, there were a bunch of other interesting things that I mostly didn’t watch while working on the grant and on the previous post about peptidoglycan.

  • Va Tech lost to Duke
  • Undefeated Texas Tech lost to OU
  • Undefeated Missouri lost in OT to S. Carolina

I did catch the end of game 2 of the World Series. Wow!