The top story in Texas college football this past weekend was the top story in college football, period: Texas A&M’s wildly entertaining, often-dominant upset of top-ranked defending national champion Alabama. But this wasn’t our only college football story making national headlines. Here’s a round-up of the weekend’s remarkable tributes, tempers, and conspiracy theories.
So Long to the Crimson and White
Oh, my gracious!
As in, CBS announcer Vern Lundquist’s description of the touchdown that put Texas A&M up 14-0 over top-ranked Alabama on Saturday.
“Got him… no they didn’t… oh my GRACIOUS,” Lundquist exclaimed at Aggies freshman quarterback sensation Johnny Manziel’s near-fumble/scramble/run-and-pass to a wide-open Ryan Swope.
It still seems like a dream, doesn’t it? Texas A&M, 6-6 last year, and 13 1/2 point underdogs, beat the Crimson Tide on the road 29-24, permanently fusing shut the mouths of every pundit who predicted that the longtime Big 12 also-rans would struggle in the Southeastern Conference, not just their first year, but for many years to come.
In fact, back in July, that was all anybody asked first-year Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin, to his eventual exasperation.
“It’s a pretty damn hard league” - Kevin Sumlin at SEC Media Day
— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) July 17, 2012
“It’s safe to say that they’re going to hold up just fine,” wrote ESPN’s Travis Haney, “and a better question might be: Once Sumlin gets a few more recruiting classes under his belt, especially in that talent-laden state, how is the rest of the SEC going to hold up against the Aggies?”
In fact, Sumlin, Manziel and the Aggies defense were already having quite the season, which is why Andy Staples kinda, sorta saw this coming. Last week, the Sports Illustrated college football writer suggested that Nick Saban’s pre-game worries weren’t just the usual cliched coach’s poormouthing . Wrote Staples:
…[M]aybe Saban’s concern is genuine. He understands the game better than almost anyone. He knows everything is cyclical. The Crimson Tide won’t rule the college football universe forever. Some program will find the magic bullet to beat them, and then that program will rule for a while until someone develops an even more brilliant scheme. That’s how it always works.
Maybe Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has found that magic bullet with the help of offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury and Johnny Football… . Someone will eventually create a way to beat Alabama and LSU, and, looking down the road a few years, it just might be the Aggies. They have a dynamic head coach who runs an exciting offense, and they sit in one of the nation’s most fertile recruiting grounds… .
After [the Alabama coach’s weekly radio show] show, I wished Saban luck on Saturday. “We’re going to need some, I believe,” he replied.
I believe he believes it.
Everybody, including Iowa State’s coaches, knew that on Saturday the University of Texas would run its first play out of the wishbone formation, a formation that Longhorns legend Darrell K. Royal, who died last week at the age of 88, made famous.
This is how it went:
Here, UT’s past met UT’s futuristic flashy offense. And the play