Hit above the shoulders penalty gets Aggies deep in Bama territory

But A&M can't capitalize and misses a field goal.

Football is a violent game. Like when this happens:

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It's either destruction or it's sports. Either way, it was called a penalty tacked onto the reception by Ryan Swope, getting Texas A&M deep in Alabama territory. It doesn't look like this was a hit with malicious intent, and there was no launching or lowering of the crown of the helmet. That said, he did lower the shoulder and this is typically a flag at any level.

But after the drive stalled in the redzone, A&M missed a field goal from 37 yards out and still leads 23-17.

That's four costly points left off the board from the kicking game today, and Alabama is still a touchdown away from taking the lead. It's called gig'em, Aggies, not tempt-fate'em.

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