COLLEGE STATION Texas A&M
Players to watch - Offense
The Aggies offense should have some success on the ground Saturday. UTEP is giving up just under 250 yards rushing a game. Don't be surprised if Trey Williams is the Aggie back that puts up big numbers. In recent weeks, Williams has been close to breaking big runs. For the season, he has rushed for 282 yards and four touchdowns.
Players to watch - Defense
On the other side of the ball we put defensive lineman Gavin Stansbury in the spotlight. Stansbury is coming off a big game against Vanderbilt where he recorded nine tackles and two sacks. For the season, Stansbury has 28 tackles.
Keys to the game - Texas A&M
Stansbury and the Aggie defense will have to follow up their solid effort against Vanderbilt with a good effort Saturday against a UTEP team that is pretty balanced. The Miners run for 211 yards a game and throw for 196 yards per game.
If the Aggies can get pressure on the UTEP quarterback and get some sacks they can put the Miners behind the chians and try to make them a more one dimmensional team.
The Aggies need to cut down on their turnovers Saturday. Last week against Vanderbilt the team had four fumbles and an interception. The Aggies finished the game minus two in turnover margain. That is not the best recipe for winning games.
Texas El Paso
Players to watch - Offense
With Texas A&M transfer Jameill Showers out of this game with a seperated shoulder the Miner offense has been turned over to quarterback Blaire Sullivan. He has completed six of nine passes this season in four games for 112 yards and a touchown. Sullivan has run for 21 yards on six carries.
Players to watch - Defense
UTEP defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris is a player to keep an eye on. Robertson-Harris leads the Miners in sacks with four and a half. He has 28 tackles on the season. The big boys up front will have the challenge of facing that solid Texas A&M offensive line.
Keys to the game - Miners
The Miners need good things to happen early Saturday night. With a new quarteback and facing a top 15 team things could go south quickly if UTEP makes mistakes early.
The Miners could help their chances of pulling off the upset Satruday night if they can control the clock with long offensive drives that put points on the board. For the season UTEP is averaging 32 minutes and 32 seconds time of posession per game.
One way to control the clock will be to get running back Aaron Jones going. He is 20th in the country averaging 106 rushing yards per game. Jones has scored three touchdowns this season.
The Texas A&M football team should feel pretty good about themselves heading into Saturday night's game. The Aggies are coming off a 56-24 win over Vanderbilt last weekend. It was a pretty complete win. The offense rolled up 558 total yards and went over the 40 point mark for the 11st straight time. Defesively the Aggies came up with seven sacks and forced three turnovers. Making so many big plays allowed the Aggie "D" a chance get the crowd into the game and feed off their emotion.
"The crowd is a big key to our success I feel like," said Texas A&M linebacker Nate Askew.
"Especially on third down when all the white towels are waving and it's loud it is what we need. The quarterback can't really communicate. Feeding off the crowd is great. We make a play and the crowd goes crazy and you are like I like that feeling and I want to continue to do this so it makes us step our level of play up," he continued.
UTEP comes to College Station with a 1 and 6 record this season. The Miners have lost five staright games including a 45-7 set back last week against Rice. To get back in the win column Saturday night the miers will have to play about as good a game as they can and try to find a way to slow down Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel.
"There is a lot to prepare for. Individually he is a special player. There's a lot of things that he does that you don't coach. He has a natural god-given ability to play football. When things aren't there he can make things happen, probably more so than anybody I've seen. He's a special player. We'll have our hands full just like everybody else has had their hands full with him," said UTEP head coach Sean Kugler.
Saturday is the third ever meeting between Texas A&M and UTEP. The Aggies won both previous meetings. Both games were played at Kyle Field. The Aggies won the most recent encounter 47 - 17 back in 2000. Ja'maar Toombs ran for just 16 yards in the game but scored three touchdowns. The Aggies beat UTEP 20 - 17 back in 1984.
The 12th man for Saturday's game will be Sam Moeller. He has worn the number 12 for all eight games this season. Moeller has recorded three tackles this year. He is a sophomore defensive back from San Antonio.
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