October 10, 2006

Defense gaining confidence while eyeing Mizzou

For the first time in years Texas A&M could chalk up a victory to its defense. Saturday the Aggies offense had two late drives that eventually earned the 21-18 win in Lawrence, but it was the defense that kept A&M in the game.

And that type of effort has earned the defense respect in the locker room and confidence in themselves.

"I think that was a big confidence booster for us. Honestly the offense boosted a lot of confidence in us as well," said A&M senior strong safety Melvin Bullitt. "After the game they were praising us a lot and they were telling us we did a great job. We felt that they did a great job at the end of the game coming through on the last drive. It was a total team effort."

But if the Aggies want to continue along the winning path the defense will have to step up against what has become an overpowering offense at Missouri. A&M will host the Tigers at Kyle Field Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

"We know we have to start strong," Bullitt said. "We know they are a team that we can't start slow against. A team like Missouri, once they get on top of you they like to stay there and that's how they have been winning games."

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