OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM
DECEMBER 28, 2018
Penn State overcomes early deficit to defeat A&M
A Penn State victory did not look likely with
the Nittany Lions down by 14 points
early in the 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl.
Penn State battled to erase a two-touchdown defi cit
and defeat Texas A&M 24-17 in front of a Valero Alamo
Bowl record crowd of 66,166.
Deon Butler caught a 30-yard TD pass that would
be reviewed and upheld to even the game and Evan
Royster broke a tie with a 38-yard touchdown run.
Penn State’s Rodney Kinlaw won Offensive MVP
honors after running for 143 yards on 21 carries
and backup runner Royster finished with 65
on nine carries.
The loss signaled the culmination of Gary Darnell’s
stint as interim head coach for Texas A&M. Darnell
was appointed interim coach after Dennis Franchione
resigned Nov. 23. Prior to the game, former Green Bay
Packer head coach Mike Sherman was tabbed as the
new Aggie head coach.
Penn State scored 17 consecutive points before
A&M’s Matt Szymanski kicked a 38-yard fi eld goal
to tie the game at 17 late in the third quarter. The
Nittany Lions took the lead on the next drive with a
TD run by Royster and would not relinquish it for the
remainder of the contest.
With the Nittany Lions up by seven, A&M’s Stephen
McGee led a 15-play drive to the Penn State two-yardline
before failing on fourth-and-goal. A&M’s fi nal drive
ended with a punt at the two-minute mark and Penn
State ran out the clock to secure the win.
Penn State’s Rodney Kinlaw racked up 143 yards
on 21 carries to earn Offensive MVP honors.
BOX SCORE: 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
Penn State 0 17 7 0 24
Texas A&M 14 0 3 0 17