In what may be the final meeting of Texas and Texas A&M for quite some time, the Longhorns have adopted an all punt, all the time strategy, and it's kind of worked. On Texas' seventh punt of the half, and 10th total, the Aggies muffed the kick, allowing the Longhorns to seize a bit of momentum down 13. One play later, Jaxon Shipley hit Blaine Irby on a trick play for 41 yards and a touchdown to cut the deficit to six, 13-7.
While Texas was content to punt, A&M spent its time showing of the kicking game, hitting three field goals in the half. Add in a Ryan Tannehill touchdown pass, which came on the Aggies first drive of the game, and Texas A&M put up 16 points in the half.
Texas converted just two third downs in the half, and saw its last drive stall in A&M territory on another trick play. The second time around, Miles Onyegbule's pass was picked, dashing the Longhorns' hopes to further cut into Texas A&M's lead.
The half ended after Texas got the ball back one more time, but was forced to take a 10-second runoff due to a false start on third down. Shipley was the best quarterback on the field, completing 2-of-2 passes for 44 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Tannehill completed 7-of-22 passes for 82 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the half.
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