DAPHNE, Ala. –
Coming off three straight SEC West Division losses and starting a freshman QB, the Texas A&M Aggies charged into Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday night and within 2 minutes after kickoff had forged a 14-point lead. And although Auburn mounted a comeback later in the half, it was a blocked FG at the end of the first half which turned the game into a 35-17 lead for the Aggies going into the intermission.
An Auburn surge brought the Tigers back late in the game to come to within a FG of a tie, but two crucial fumbles in the final 2-minutes sealed the 41-38 victory for A&M in the hotly contested SEC West Division. Aggie Freshman QB Kyle Allen threw for 277 yards and four TD’s all in the first half. A&M receiver Malcome Kennedy caught 4 passes for 118 yards and a TD.
For their great effort in entering the game a 23 point underdog and beating the #3 team in the country on their home turf the United States Sports Academy has named the Texas A&M victory its Game of the Week as part of the Game of the Year Award.
The slug-fest in LSU’s “Death Valley” which saw Alabama defeat LSU 20-13 in overtime earned second place, while the Big 10 showdown between Ohio State and Michigan State in East Lansing, MI, saw the Buckeyes dominate in their 49-37 win earned third place.
A national panel of experts chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy and coach who resurrected the Marshall University football program, selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Award. The eminent panel consists of former and legendary coaches and sport administrators, such as Vince Dooley, Mike Lude, and Dr. Dick Young.
Each week’s winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season. Past winners include such memorable games as Appalachian State over Michigan in 2007, Texas Tech over Texas in 2008, Alabama over LSU in 2011, and Auburn over Alabama in 2013.
With the new FBS four-team playoff instituted this year, the promise of many more memorable games is assured.
Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission Sports University created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports. For more information about the Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.