October 12, 2007

A&M looking for first win in Lubbock since 1993

Texas A&M faces its toughest task thus far in the Big 12 conference when they travel to face Texas Tech in Lubbock Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The Aggies haven't won in Lubbock since 1993.

The Red Raiders (5-1, 1-1 Big 12) are looking to draw even with the Aggies atop the conference standings with a win while A&M (5-1, 2-0) is looking to put a cushion between itself and the rest of the Big 12 South chasing them.

As history has proven, a win in Lubbock is going to be anything but easy. Maybe even improbable. But with all the distractions surrounding the Aggies the past two weeks, they are 2-0 in conference play and pulled off a 17-point second half comebacker last week to beat Oklahoma State. Could they pull off another improbable victory in Lubbock?


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A&M Offensive Line

Texas Tech Defensive Line

The A&M offensive line has been playing much better lately, and hasn't allowed a sack in two games, and they are finally putting everything together in drive blocking and pass protection. The increase in pass protection has seen McGee have more time in the pocket to make his throws, which has increased his production through the air. They'll be facing a very young Raider defensive front in Lubbock.

The Raiders are extremely young up front one defense with junior defensive end Jake Ratliff the eldest starter on the line. Three sophomores man the other positions. Ratliff is also the only returning starter on the line. Tech has recorded 15 sacks on the year, but has allowed over 151 yards per game on the ground.
A&M Passing Offense

Texas Tech Passing Defense

The Aggie passing game has steadily improved since Miami with quarterback Stephen McGee getting more time to throw I the pocket. Kerry Franks has become McGee's favorite target. Tight end Martellus Bennett hasn't been a large part of the offense the last two games, and needs to get back into the thick of things on the receiving end of McGee's passes.

Texas Tech safety Darcel McBath is one of the top safeties in the Big 12 and has five pass breakups and an interception this season. His mate at safety is senior Joe Garcia, and the two combine for one of the best safety tandems in the conference. The cornerbacks are young, but they face Tech's high-powered spread every day in practice.