ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas A&M's defense made quite a few big plays last week against Oklahoma State, despite giving up 35 points, including a sack/fumble deep in the Cowboys' territory that set up an early score.
Terrence Frederick stepped in front of Mallett's pass on the previous drive and appeared to score on the play, but officials ruled him out at the 2-yard line. A gutsy fourth-down call from Mike Sherman helped Christine Michael tie the game with a 1-yard touchdown run.
Missing that play would have been disastrous for the Aggies. Against a high-powered offense like Arkansas, any defensive stop -- much less a big play like Frederick's -- has to be taken advantage of. This time, Texas A&M got it done, after letting Arkansas march 80 yards in eight plays on the opening drive.
But too many more big plays like Mallett's pass to Hamilton will put a whole lot of pressure on Texas A&M's offense and certainly lower any chances of an upset.