Texas A&M - Players to Watch
Offense - Ryan Tannehill
Thursday night is the final game at Kyle Field for the Aaggie senior class so expect a big effort from them. Offensivley, the leader is senior quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He has thrown for 3,191 yards and 26 touchdowns this season but the team's record is not what Tannehill had hoped for. A win Thursday night would not erase the tough times of this season but it sure would be a nice way to go out. Tannehill will have to play well Thursday night to give his team a chance to win.
Defense - Tony Jerod-Eddie
On the defensive side of the ball there are several seniors including lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie. He enters Thursday night's game with 41 tackles, 4 sacks and a forced fumble. A solid game from Jerod-Eddie would help in trying to slow down the Texas rushing attack.
Aggies - Keys to the Game
When the Longhonrs look to try and pass the Aggies need to conitnue to put pressure on the quarterback. Texas has played Case McCoy and David Ash, two true freshman, at quarterback this season. If the Aggies can get to McCoy and Ash Thursday night it could make things uncomfortbale for the freshman in their Lone Star Showdown debuts. The Aggies do lead the Big 12 in sacks with 41 this season.
A&M will have to convert on any scoring chances they have because they may not come that often. Texas leads the Big 12 in total defense and scoring defense. The Aggies though can put up points. They are fifth in the country scoring 94-percent of the time they get into the red zone.
The 12th man will be key Thursday night as well. It should be an electric atmosphere at Kyle Field. The crowd can make things very difficlut for the Horns as well as give the Aggies that extra boost of momentum they will need to pick up a win in the team's regualr season finale.
Texas - Players to Watch
Offense - Malcolm Brown
Texas has some new faces at offensive skill posistion this year. Freshman running back Malcolm Brown is one of those new faces. He leads the Longhorns in rushing with 668 yards. Brown has also scored six touchdowns. If he can have success running the ball Thursday night it will help the Horns chances of coming away with the win.
Defense - Emmanuel Acho
Defensively Texas is led by linebacker Emanuel Acho. He has a team high 100 tackles and 17 tackles for loss. Acho has recorded three sacks this season and forced a fumble. Last season aginast the Aggies, Acho has six tackles and a sack.
Longhorns - Keys to the Game
Texas needs to have success running the football in this game. If they can establish the ground game they can control the clock and keep the Aggie offense off the field. The Longhorns are second in the Big 12 averaging 223 rushing yards a game.
Special teams could be a factor Thursday night as well. Texas is second in the conference in kick returns averaging just under 25 yards a return. They have scored twice on kick returns this season.
The Longhorn defense will have to keep up their strong play if they want to leave Kyle Field with a win. They lead the Big 12 giving up just 294 yards a game which is a very impressive number in a high powered offensive league like the Big 12.
Texas A&M University
Thursday night will be the final game at Kyle Field for the 29 seniors on the roster. 10 of those players were part of Mike Sherman's first signing clas at Texas A&M. The senior class has been through a lot during their time in Aggieland. There have been both high and lows but Thursday night the group has one more chance to give Aggie fans something to cheer about at Kyle Field as they look to knock off arch rival Texas.
"We haven't answered the expectations of this season, but those expectations were there because of what those guys brought to the table," said Texas A&M Head Football Coach Mike Sherman. "Unfortunatly, we weren't able to capitalize on those expectations and opportunities the way we should have this year but I do credit them for raising the expectations at Texas A&M by how they have played and performed."
"It is an exciting time anytime you get to walk out on Kyle Field in front of a packed house so I think it will probably sink in after the game but right now we are excited about being able to play" said Texas A&M Quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Texas comes to town 6 and 4 on the season. The Longhonrs are 3 and 4 in Big 12 play. The Horns have lost two straight games including a 17-13 setback against Kansas State last saturday in Austin. Texas would love to get back on a winning track, espically by knocking off the Aggies in this historic game.
"It's going to be fun. It's going to be just crazy," said Texas Linebacker Emmanuel Acho. "I know the atmosphere is already hectic, but with this being the last regular season one for a while, it's going to be extremely loud, extremely rowdy, and just for me personally, just trying to make a good memory. We have no regrets. Leave nothing out there on the field and just try to make sure we go out with a "W."
Thursday night will be the 118th meeting between the Aggies and Longhorns. Texas leads the all time series with 75 to 35. There have also been seven ties. Texas A&M has won three of the last five meetings. The Aggies beat the Horns last year in Austin. Texas won the last game played in College Station in 2009.
The 12th man for Thursday's game will once again be C.J. Jones. This will be the eleventh straight games Jones has worn the number 12. He has recorded ten tackles this season.