COLLEGE STATION -- Texas Tech coach Mike Leach dares
Texas A&M to think it can simply keep the Red Raiders' powerful
offense on the sideline at Kyle Field tomorrow.
Then again, that's what Nebraska did last week and nearly upset
the No. 7 Red Raiders (6-0, 2-0 Big 12) in Lubbock. The unranked
Cornhuskers won time of possession by more than 20 minutes in
regulation, only to lose 37-31 in overtime.
Texas Tech only had the ball for 19 minutes, 48 seconds, and
still racked up 421 total yards, an average of 8.8 yards per play.
That didn't give the defensive players much time to rest, but Leach
said that's their problem.
A&M coach Mike Sherman said the keepaway strategy will work only if the unranked Aggies (2-4, 0-2) finish every time-consuming drive
with a touchdown. He's more concerned that the Aggies rank last in
the Big 12 in turnover margin (minus-5).
A&M also has had little trouble moving the ball in the last two
games, averaging 478 yards and 29 points. But sophomore quarterback
Jerrod Johnson looks better with each drive and completed 29 of 41
passes for a school-record 419 yards in last week's 44-30 loss to
As good as the Aggies have started to look on offense, they
aren't likely to win a shootout with the Red Raiders. Tech comes in
averaging 556 yards and 46.3 points a game, among the national
leaders as usual. A&M isn't likely to get many defensive stops,