October 9, 2006

Aggie offense pulls it out in the end to beat KU

Saturday's game against Kansas was strange on the offensive side of the ball. The Aggies completely dominated virtually every offensive statistic, gaining 386 total yards (288 yards for KU), controlling the time of possession by seven minutes, converting 47-percent of third downs (KU - 20-percent) and no differential in turnover ratio.

On paper, it looks more like a blowout than a nail biting come from behind victory. However, a closer look reveals an A&M offense that works well in good field position, but struggles when pinned back deep near their goal line. It was these struggles that allowed Kansas to control field position for most of the game and take an 11-point lead in the third quarter.

A&M's offense started four drives inside their own 15-yard line and managed a grand total of 65 yards. Two drives actually lost yardage, including the possession that resulted in a safety to put the Jayhawks up, 18-7, in the third quarter.

From that point forward, field position improved for the Aggies and so did their fortunes on offense. True freshman running back Mike Goodson also established himself, accounting for 60 yards on A&M's 80-yard scoring drive late in the third quarter that cut the KU lead to 18-13.

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