October 2, 2006

Aggie offense sticks to the ground

The Texas A&M offense had its ups and downs on Saturday. This unit once again proved that they are one of the best rushing offenses in the country. Not only did the offense rush the ball for 250 yards at 5.3 yards per carry, but they also kept the Texas Tech offense off the field in the process.

On the day, the Aggie offense reeled off three 14-play drives consuming a combined 19:52 of game clock and generated 17 points on 246 yards. Just under 200 of those yards came via the rush. In the second half alone, A&M's offense held the ball for almost 21 minutes compared to Tech's nine minutes.

While A&M dominated in the second half with its run game, the offense stumbled in the first half trying to establish the passing game and attack Tech with a balanced attack. However, it backfired immediately when Stephen McGee miscommunicated with Chad Schroeder on a short slant pass that ended up in the arms of Tech defensive back Chris Parker.

The passing game never seemed to get on-track, and McGee did not appear comfortable in the pocket as he finished nine of 20 for 103 yards and an interception. On several occasions receivers were open downfield, but McGee seemed almost anxious to pull the ball down and scramble for time. Bottom line, the passing game has weapons downfield, and this offense is not utilizing them. Despite playmakers at tight end and receiver, they caught seven total passes, and none over 14 yards until the game's final snap.

Still though, the offense was sitting inside the Tech 20-yard line with under four minutes to play with victory in their grasp and a fresh set of downs. They couldn't get it done on three running plays and settled for a field goal and a three-point lead that did not hold.

There's no problem with calling those running plays. However, if the plan was to run three times where was Jorvorskie Lane who flourishes in the red zone and chewed up Tech defenders all day?

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