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Video: Christine Michael takes an accidental Statue of Liberty to the house

Matt Hinton
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When executed correctly, the old-school "Statue of Liberty" is one of the most diabolically effective plays in football. When executed inadvertently… well, it's still pretty effective, as Texas A&M's Christine Michael proved today when he surprised his own quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, by taking the ball out of Tannehill's hand mid-pass, and then surprised Arkansas' defense by taking it the distance for the Aggies' first touchdown:

The first, but not the last: At the half, Michael has added two more touchdowns to go with a fourth and fifth by Cyrus Gray to put A&M up 35-17 midway through another shootout — one point better than the 20-3 halftime lead the Aggies blew last week in an eventual loss to Oklahoma State. Between them, Michael, Gray and Tannehill are already over 225 yards rushing on just 26 carries, almost all of which have proceeded according to plan. Now, if the defense can only figure out what to do with Razorback receiver Jarius Wright — who set an Arkansas record with 227 receiving yards in the first half alone, including a 68-yard bomb for the Hogs' first touchdown — they may even get a chance to let someone else take a handoff or two.{YSP:MORE}

UPDATE, 4:03 p.m. ET. It's a final: Despite a heroic, 230-yard, three-touchdown effort by Michael and 628 yards total offense as a team, Texas A&M managed to blow a big halftime lead for the second consecutive week in a 42-38 loss. The Aggies were outscored in the second half 25 to 3, yielding the game-winning touchdown with just over four minutes to play.

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