November 29, 2006

Aggie Stock Watch

Texas A&M football stock began the special holiday session where it left off after the Nebraska session on a downward trend. Prospects for the stock looked bleak until Mark Dodge sliced through the line and nailed Henry Melton behind the line of scrimmage on fourth down at A&M's 10-yard line in the opening minutes of the session.

The short-term uptick quickly lost momentum until Mike Goodson made Brian Robson miss and broke through the grasp of Michael Griffin to convert on a third and nine deep it A&M territory.

The stock had another quick jump in price, but this time the momentum was sustained as Stephen McGee made several long runs, and then Goodson took an option pitch and outran the Texas defense for a touchdown.

The stock continued on an unprecedented upward trend throughout the session as the Aggie defense stuffed a potent Texas offense, and it became clear that Longhorn quarterback Colt McCoy was struggling with his game. However, in mid-afternoon trading, the stock abruptly reversed course and headed down with the Kerry Franks fumble that resulted in the Longhorns' only score. But it was enough to carry a one-point lead into the last hour of trading.

But the steady and gritty leadership of McGee held investor confidence in the fourth quarter, given his proven track record of last minute session turnarounds. That confidence paid off as McGee sparked a huge rally in the final 30 minutes before the close as he spearheaded an 88-yard scoring drive that culminated in his touchdown run with just under three minutes remaining until the final bell.

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