October 29, 2007

Franchione looks back at KU, forward to OU

With the fifth-ranked rushing defense in the nation, Texas A&M figured to run the ball at Kansas Saturday despite Kansas boasting one of the top rushing defenses in the nation. Previous to Saturday, the Jayhawks had faced only one team ranked higher than No. 60 and only two ranked better than No. 83 - Toledo at No. 27 who racked up 174 yards on the ground.

Kansas, however, held the Aggies in check allowing only 74 yards on the ground with an average carry of just 2.7 yards.

"I think you have to give their defense a lot of credit first. They were highly ranked and played really well, and they have done that all year long," said A&M head coach Dennis Franchione during Monday's Big 12 coaches' teleconference. "I don't think they've given up 100 yards rushing to a Big 12 team yet. They deserve a lot of credit, and obviously any time you play in a game like that you feel like you could do better.

"Any time you are in a game like that and it goes like that you're going to have your frustrations."

With three games left to play - road games at Oklahoma and Missouri followed by a home date against Texas - the Aggies have the toughest stretch of any team in the nation to finish the season. Franchione said that this season has been a crazy one and that each week presents new challenges.

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