Thursday August 29th, 2013

Texas' Jackson Jeffcoat (44) tallied six sacks last season despite missing the team's final seven games.
Texas' Jackson Jeffcoat (44) tallied six sacks last season despite missing the team's final seven games.
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You are: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel

You beat Alabama on Sept. 14. You beat LSU on Nov. 23. Florida's defense nearly smothered you in the SEC title game, but you survived. Now you're in Pasadena on Jan. 6, and who is on the other sideline? Those guys in burnt orange.

When Texas A&M realigned to the SEC during your redshirt year, you figured you'd never play Texas. The Longhorns didn't want to continue the annual Thanksgiving game. You figured they were scared. You never thought you'd meet them here.

You're out of here after this game. No more NCAA. No more wall-to-wall coverage. If you go to a bar, it won't make news when you're playing quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. But you've got one more thing to do. Unfortunately, the Longhorns seem intent on keeping you from doing it. You've ripped their defense apart for most of the game. You've run for 160 yards and thrown for 305. But your defense hasn't provided much help. That up-tempo power offense the Longhorns switched to this season has been very effective. Finally, Mack Brown found something that worked. After they bust a few seven-yard gains up the middle, David Ash suddenly has plenty of time to throw. And he's had a lot of time tonight.

But you can keep their offense off the field again. The clock shows 30 seconds. You're down by two. It's fourth down, but coordinator Clarence McKinney just sent in a play that should get you into range for a chip-shot field goal. All you have to do is convert it.

You drop back to throw. Freshman Ricky Seals-Jones, your first read, is getting hounded by Carrington Byndum along the sideline. You start to look for tight end Cam Clear when BAM! Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat slams you to the ground. The Texas players are screaming and jumping. A cannon fires confetti. It's the wrong color.

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