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Terrence Kiel’s “Texas A&M Takeaway” Crushed Oklahoma’s National Title Dreams
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You don’t just waltz into Kyle Field and expect to walk away with a win. That’s foolish.

Texas A&M football fans are some of the rowdiest in all of college football, and they aren’t afraid to show it. It doesn’t mater if it’s a cupcake opponent at the beginning of the season or heated rivals like Texas and LSU.

The 2002 Oklahoma Sooners walked into College Station with national championship aspirations. They walked out with those aspirations securely shattered thanks to Texas A&M safety Terrence Kiel.

Terrence Kiel’s Game-Sealing INT vs. No. 1 Oklahoma

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The undefeated Sooners, led by head coach Bob Stoops, entered the game as the top-ranked team in the Associated Press Rankings and BCS standings. Texas A&M was fresh off two Big 12 losses to Nebraska and Oklahoma State.

The tide shifted at the end of the first quarter when Aggies coach R.C. Slocum replaced starting signal caller Dustin Long with freshman quarterback Reggie McNeal. The first-year player was electric, throwing for 190 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 89 yards.

McNeal’s rejuvenated offense put 30 points on the board. The TAMU defense upheld its end of the bargain, too, holding the Sooners to 26.

The nations No. 1 team wasn’t going to go down that easy.

Oklahoma quarterback Nate Hybl marched his high-powered offense onto the field with 1:19 remaining in the fourth quarter. Deep in their own territory, wide receiver Will Peoples beat cornerback Ronald Jones. Hybl saw his man break free. He didn’t see Kiel.

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Kiel read the play beautifully and raced across the field to make the interception. He bounced up and tossed the ball in Stoops’ direction.

The pick sealed the 30-26 victory. It was the Texas A&M Aggies’ first win over a No. 1 team in school history.

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Oklahoma’s national title hopes were squandered. College Station partied into the night.

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Joe Grobeck About the author:
Joe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Austin, Texas. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan.
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