Running back Sirr Parker scored 14 points on a pair of touchdown catches and a two-point conversion, rallying the Aggies to a 24-point surge in the final 9:20 of regulation and the extra periods.
Parker’s unlikely 32-yard reception for the winning TD on a 3rd-and-17 situation for Texas A&M in the final overtime capped an evening of surprising developments for both teams. The final six-pointer also gave the Aggies their first football win in history over a team ranked first nationally at the time of the contest.
Texas A&M had trouble finding the end zone in the first half against the Wildcats’ defense, as KSU built a 17-6 halftime advantage. A pair of Russell Bynum field goals helped offset a brilliant passing performance by KSU quarterback Michael Bishop, who was 8-of-8 passing for 159 yards and a pair of TDs in the opening 30 minutes. Tight end Justin Swift was a favorite target as he made three catches for 47 yards and one score.
Linebacker Dat Nguyen led the Aggie defense with an interception to go along with a championship-most 17 total tackles. The pilfer led to a 57-yard Aggies’ scoring drive, capped by a two-yard scoring plunge by A&M freshman fullback Ja’Mar Toombs.
Quarterback Brandon Stewart reeled off 245 passing yards on 11-of-20 aerial work and two touchdowns in the final quarter and two overtime periods, as the Aggies mounted the greatest comeback in the brief history of the Dr Pepper Championship.
The two teams traded field goals in the first overtime session, with Bynum hitting from 18 yards and Gramatica connected from 22 yards.
In the second extra session, KSU drove to the eight-yard line on four rushing plays of 17 yards. The Wildcats put one more field goal on the board for a 33-30 lead. Texas A&M then converted as Parker caught the pass from Stewart and eluded one tackler before lunging over the pylon in the right corner for the winning score.
|Kansas State Wildcats||10||7||10||0||3||3||-||33|
|Texas A&M Aggies||0||6||6||15||3||6||-||36|
|KSU (0-3) -||Martin Gramatica 47-yard field goal; 6:31|
|KSU (0-10) -||Justin Swift 15-yard pass from Michael Bishop (Gramatica kick); 2:02|
|A&M (3-10) -||Russell Bynum 25-yard field goal; 11:00|
|KSU (3-17) -||Darnell McDonald 66-yard pass from Bishop (Gramatica kick); 10:37|
|A&M (6-17) -||Bynum 26-yard field goal; 4:16|
|A&M (12-17) -||Ja’Mar Toombs 2-yard run (Pass failed); 8:42|
|KSU (12-20) -||Gramatica 45-yard field goal; 4:31|
|KSU (12-27) -||Bishop 5-yard run (Gramatica kick); 0:40|
|A&M (19-27) -||Leroy Hodge 13-yard pass from Branndon Stewart (Bynum kick); 9:20|
|A&M (27-27) -||Sirr Parker 9-yard pass from Stewart (Parker pass from Stewart); 1:05|
|A&M (30-27) -||Bynum 18-yard field goal|
|KSU (30-30) -||Gramatica 22-yard field goal|
|KSU (30-33) -||Gramatica 25-yard field goal|
|A&M (36-33) -||Parker 32-yard pass from Stewart|