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    The 12th Man @ College Station

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    SCHEDULE:...............Result:

    North Carolina...........L 54-10
    Louisiana Tech...........W 33-27
    @ UCLA...................L 38-21
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    @ Oklahoma State.........L 34-20
    @ Arkansas...............L 51-24
    Missouri.................W 31-19
    @ Kansas.................L 56-37
    Texas Tech...............W 37-21
    Oklahoma.................L 31-3
    @ Baylor.................L 14-13
    Nebraska.................W 24-21
    @ Texas..................L 52-7






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    WEEK 1

    North Carolina 54 @ Texas A&M 10

    At College Station:

    UNC qb TJ Yates officially threw his name into the early Heisman candidacy, tossing for a school record 420 yds, including 4 tds and only 1 int, while also running for another score. The baby blue clad defense did the rest, holding the high powered TAMU Aggie offense to 3 points until the final minutes, and dominating 3rd down, allowing only 3 conversions on 11 attempts.

    The traditionally stout power running game of the Aggies saw no green grass throughout the game, going for a mere 57 yds on 21 rushes. The passing game wasn't a whole lot better, and overall the Aggies turned the ball over 5 times, leaving the 12th Man in a boo-filled bewilderment for much of the 2nd half.

    TAMU RB C. Michael was hurt in the 1st half, and the Aggies just never seemed to get a ground presence established, even after Michael came back in the 3rd qtr, as he went for only 13 yards on 9 carries. QB J. Johnson threw for 241 yards and a late touchdown, but threw 4 interceptions, as the UNC DB's frustrated him all day with man and zone coverages, always seeming to make a play on the ball, when Johnson needed one most.

    Texas A&M Will return to Kyle Field Saturday in a game that is a must win, if they are too be the team that they hoped coming into the season. They will face the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, who are coming off a listless performance against the FCS NW Hawks. A&M should have an easy go, but they will need to be sharp and really get Michael and Johnson going, heading into what is a difficult and power packed schedule the rest of the way.
     
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    WEEK 2

    Louisiana Tech 27 @ Texas A&M 33

    At College Station:

    Texas A&M came out with one goal on Saturday: To run the ball. They accomplished the mission, to the tune of 173 yards, and came away with a 6 point victory. Thanks to a stellar 2nd half effort by the Aggie defense, the LTU offense fell apart late, and couldn't mount a drive late in the game. After giving up 21 first half points, the D stepped up and allowed only an early touchdown in the 3rd quarter to the Bulldogs.

    A&M Qb J. Johnson had a solid game after an awful performance last week, throwing for 209 yards, 3 tds and 0 ints. Backup Rb C. Gray stepped in for injured starter Christine Michael and ran for 116 yards and a td on 26 carries and catching 4 passes for 31 yards. Wr U. Nwachukwu caught only 2 passes, and R. Tannehill only 1, but all 3 catches went for tds.

    Early in the second qtr, LTU qb R. Jenkins was injured and had to leave on a cart, but thankfully for Bulldog fans, he only suffered a minor back strain and will, by all accounts, be back for next weeks game. Backup qb C. Cameron came in and gave a show to the Kyle Field attendees however, going an impressive 16 for 18, accounting for 170 yards and 3 touchdowns. Unfortunately for him, the Aggie defense was content to let Cameron dink and dunk his way around the field, and in the 2nd half, they decided to tighten the clamps, to the delight of The 12th Man.

    Next week the Aggies will face a stingy UCLA Bruin squad in Pasadena. The offense will look to improve on the effort from this week, and the defense is looking for a way to get more pressure and force some more turnover chances.
     
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    WEEK 3

    Texas A&M 21 @ UCLA 38

    At Pasadena:

    The UCLA Bruins scored in every quarter Saturday afternoon to secure a victory and a 3-0 record. The biggest play of the game happened after Texas A&M had regained all momentum toward the end of the 3rd quarter, with a Touchdown run by Cyrus Gray, and a touchdown pass from Jerrod Johnson to Kenny Brown to take a 21-17 lead. The ensuing kickoff went back 102 yards by UCLA's Randall Carrol, which gave the Bruins the lead for good.

    After that play Texas A&M still looked as if they were running the show, marching right back down the field. However Johnson threw a curl route too far inside and was intercepted deep in UCLA territory. All momentum was lost for the Aggies and a long touchdown run by Derrick Coleman all but put away the game.

    UCLA follows this week with a showdown in Austin against the Longhorns. The Aggies meanwhile, will take an extra week to prepare for their Big 12 season opener against Oklahoma State in Stillwater.
     
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    WEEK 5

    Texas A&M 20 @ Oklahoma St 34

    At Stillwater, Ok:

    Oklahoma State held off the Texas A&M Aggies for a 34-20 win in Stillwater on Thursday night. A really good game by Brandon Weeden lifted the Pokes offense to a high level of efficiency that the Aggies could not match. Weeden threw for 368 yards and 3 touchdowns on the night and save for an interception in the 3rd qtr, was very good in the second half of the game. Jerrod Johnson of A&M completed the same amount of passes (27) for the same amount of yards (371) as Weeden, but took 14 more attempts to get there, and threw one less td and one more interception. And the Aggie run game didn't help them at all, going for a grand total of 59 yards, and fumbling away a big possession in the 4th qtr.

    The big play in the game came early in the 4th qtr. The Aggies had just kicked a field goal to make the score 24-13, and then the defense a great possession, to force a 3 and out. With Texas A&M about to get the ball back, down 2 possessions and with some momentum, a fumble on the punt return not only gave the ball back to OSU, but ended up being returned for a sealing touchdown.

    The Aggies are set for a battle next week with the SEC, taking on Arkansas. It is a must win game if the team is to accomplish what they expected to this season. It's not a Big 12 game, but it's important for momentum going into the meat of the Big 12 schedule.

     
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    WEEK 6

    Texas A&M 24 @ Arkansas 51

    At Fayettville:

    The Razorbacks took full control Saturday evening, road-running a deficient and seemingly slow A&M Aggie team. "Man we looked slow" TAMU Coach Pesho-Davis said, "They just completely outmatched us tonight. We need to play with more heart than that!" He was very noticeably irritated with his defensive effort and even more agitated with his offense, which also lost starting qb Jarrod Johnson for what may be the season to an injury.

    Arkansas really put the clamps on for most of the game, doing whatever they wanted and making the Aggies pay for the multitude of turnovers that they gave up. Scoring twice on defense.

    Next week the Aggies will face a solid 5-0 Missouri squad.
     
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    WEEK 7

    Missouri 19 @ Texas A&M 31

    College Station, TX:

    Texas A&M finally played up to the preseason billing on Saturday, triumphing over the Tigers before a loud Aggie crowd at Kyle field. Cyrus Gray rushed for 103 yards after starter Christine Michael was hurt in the first qtr. The most production came out of the Aggie defense however, holding Missouri to their lowest scoring total of the season and forcing 4 turnovers, 2 of which they returned for scores.

    Next week Texas A&M plays Kansas.


     
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    WEEK 8

    Texas A&M 37 @ Kansas 56

    At Lawrence, KS:

    Kansas made short work of the Aggies on Saturday afternoon, particularly against the Aggie defense, racking up 36 first downs and moving the ball at will. Running away to a 21-0 lead didn't hurt, and neither did the 6 turnovers forced by the Jayhawks D on the day.

    Despite a yard heavy and high scoring day by TAMU on offense, they were never in the game and the entire team looked uninspired to even play it. "When you come out like that, you're going to lose the game, period. We won't ever play like that again while I'm here. When you get outmatched, that's one thing. But this wasn't like that. This was an issue of pride, and simply put, we didn't have any" said starting qb Tommy Dorman, who is starting because of the injury to Jerrod Johnson earlier in the year.

    Next week the Aggies return home to face #25 Texas Tech in an interstate battle that has mismatch written all over it after the similar style Jayhawks ran the Aggies out of town.


     
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    WEEK 9

    Texas Tech 21 @ Texas A&M 37

    At College Station:

    "Energy and Pride" is how coach Pesho-Davis described the scene at College Station on Saturday. "The fans were freaking awesome! You could tell today was gonna be a special day." And was he ever right! The 12 man came to play on Saturday, giving their team a huge welcome, and fueling the defense to a solid day against the terrific and vaunted Tech attack, despite the losing record and the shellacking last week at the hands of Kansas.

    After the first touchdown of the day on a long pass to Uzoma Nwachukwu for a 58 yards touchdown on the second drive of the day, it only got louder and the defense fed off of it, setting up a short field for a field goal and then intercepting a short crossing pattern and taking it to the house to give the Aggies a 17-0 lead. From that point on it was back and forth, but the damage had been done, and it never really quieted down for Taylor Potts and the Tech offense to even hear itself think.

    The TAMU D forced 5 turnovers, and the offense did the rest, eating up nearly 3/4 of the clock with a 2.5 to 1 run to pass ratio, and gaining a very efficient 28 first downs. It is the second upset of a top 25 team in a row at home this year for the Aggies. Next week they get a run at extending it to 3 in a row in a game against the 2nd ranked Sooners of Oklahoma. Don't expect OU to lie down though.
     
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    WEEK 10

    Oklahoma 31 @ Texas A&M 3

    At College Station:

    Despite a slower day (by their own standards) from the Sooner offense, OU rolled to victory on Saturday afternoon, simply over-powering the Texas A&M Aggies in front of the belabored crowd. Jermie Calhoun rushed for 80 yards and 2 touchdowns, and 2 OU receivers tied or bettered Tommy Dorman (the A&M Qb), in yards in the passing game.

    In a rare game with no turnovers, the Aggies only drive came at the end of the first half, marching quickly in 4 plays to get a field goal to run into halftime down 21-3. "Bad luck, and bad play are a sickening combo in any game, but against a team like Oklahoma, where you have to play perfect to compete with them, it's absolutely deadly" Coach Pesho-Davis said after the game. "Our linebacker play needs to get better. It's been this way all season, where at times we look absolutely lost. It's frustrating, we just have to get better, there's no time for self pitty. We have a challenging schedule still to go".

    The coach of the Sooners was not immediately available after the game, but in a phone conference, he mentioned: "Those guys played a pretty good game, we were just better athletically. I thought it might be a closer game, but they just couldn't ever get going. The holding call on the first drive of the second half was brutal on them. They were threatening to make a game of it, and they lost all momentum".

    Next week the Aggies travel to Waco to take on a struggling Baylor Bear team.


     
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    WEEK 11

    Texas A&M 13 @ Baylor 14

    At Waco, TX:

    Texas A&M just couldn't make the play on Saturday to win the game. The Aggies receivers dropped a wide open touchdown 10 yds behind the defense with 4 minutes to go, a tipped pass inside the 20, and then a tipped pass in the end zone with 2 minutes to go. On top of that the kicker, Bullock, missed a 37 yd field goal by the skin of the goalpost with 5 minutes left.

    Meanwhile, a Baylor receiver made a ridiculous catch on a tipped ball for a critical first down late in the 4th, and the defense stonewalled TAMU on 2 straight runs with less than a yard to go in the last minute at the Baylor 37 yard line, and survived a thriller to stay out of the Big 12 cellar.

    Baylor moves to 4-7 and Texas A&M falls to a very disappointing 3-7 with 2 games left. First Nebraska at home, and then on the road for their annual showdown with Texas to end the 2010 campaign. The recruiting class has exceeded expectations by the coaches standards though, to take a positive out of the season. With a successful final 2 games, the Aggies may be able to salvage what has been an otherwise dismal year.
     
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    WEEK 12

    Nebraska 21 @ Texas A&M 24

    At College Station:

    Texas A&M once again showed at home what the year was supposed to be about. The game was anything but pretty, but the Aggies managed to really step up in the second half, watching Randy Bullock nail a 41 yard field goal as time expired to knock off the Cornhuskers on a rainy day at Kyle Field. The kick was a bit of redemption for Bullock, who missed a 31 yarder last week at Baylor, which would've won the game in the final minutes. "It's real nice to get a shot again this week. Really nice. I let the team down last week, and this week they gave me another chance. They fought their butts off just to get me back in that position. I'm just so happy I could take advantage and make it pay!"

    An awful start left the Aggies down 14-0 near the beginning of the 2nd quarter, including the very first play of the game going for a 67 yard burst by Nebraska rb Rex Burkhead, and then Burkhead again getting in from only 1 yard out. However, between those two touchdowns, perhaps the biggest play of the game happened when Nebraska qb Zac Lee was sacked by the TAMU defense, straining his throwing shoulder and knocking him out of the game.

    Backup Cody Green came in and performed admirably, going 16 for 19 for 232 and a td, but the A&M defense just didn't respect the offense the rest of the game. Instead they loaded the box and took Burkhead away, daring Green to use his arm to beat them. For a 5 minute stretch from the 6:30 mark to just over a minute left, it seemed like that might happen, until the NU kicked pushed a 38 yard field goal wide right, giving the Aggies one more spark.

    Christine Michael led the charge for TAMU, going for his second 100 yard rushing performance of the season and scoring the Aggies' first touchdown in the process. Cyrus Gray added another score, and Tommy Dorman gave the Aggies the lead at 21-14 with a beautiful roll out pass to TE Kenny Brown in the late stages of the 3rd. Rex Burkhead led the Huskers with 114 and the previously mentioned 2 tds, and Curenski Gilleylen led all receivers with 5 catches and 109 yards.

    The Aggies close out 2010 with the trip to Austin to face the #4 Longhorns in their annual rivalry game.

     
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    Introducing the Texas A&M Class of 2011!

    Top 150:
    :4stars: Ath (DB) Dan Benjamin, DT Tony Larson, G John Townes

    Best of the Rest:
    :4stars: WR Ted Fields, DT Corey Bryant, G Jason Morris, T Brad Ryan, *Ath (WR) Michael Golden, RB Johnny McCloud

    :3stars: TE Chaz Carr, DE Tom Parks, *QB Greg Patterson, *QB Mike Humphrey, *FS Dane Williams

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    This is a very solid class for the Aggies. After a rough 2010 campaign this class will look to add athleticism and speed to both the offensive and defensive units. The coaching staff is particularly excited about Golden (verbally committed) and Benjamin adding speed on both sides of the ball at skill positions. But also Ted Fields they feel will fit nicely into their offensive scheme, and Johnny McCloud was a nice late pick up in the process, as initially the team had no high profile running backs on the list this year. He adds depth to what has proven to be an injury prone backfield. For the offense, it is now apparent that current So. QB Tommy Dorman will retain the starting job going into next season, as the Aggies went after a couple of potential challengers early, but then slid back and fell into a couple of less revered guys at the position.

    Of course when you look at the class it immediately jumps out that the Aggies were able to add some major depth to both the O and D lines, which has the coaches grinning from ear to ear. Especially on the D-line, who at many times this year were overpowered regularly, and also which is losing star senior DE Von Miller, as well as starting DT Lucas Patterson from the interior. Needless to say, the recruiting class is far better than the season turned out.
     
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    WEEK 13

    Texas A&M 7 @ Texas 52

    At Austin, TX:

    The Lonestar Showdown was anything but on Saturday, as the Longhorns dismissed the Aggies and finalized an 11-1 regular season. They will now sit back and watch Bedlam as OSU and OU battle it out, with a loss for Oklahoma meaning Texas would go to the Big 12 Championship game, as well as giving them a shot for a National Title birth.

    Texas cb A. Williams had a career day, intercepting 3 passes in the first half, and returning each for a touchdown. "Sometimes you just gotta make em prove they can throw downfield, and until they do, you just take chances. Today I really cashed on those. I worked hard all year, and today was my payoff. Hopefully as a team we get a shot at the big one, but if not we're in great position with our record."

    Meanwhile Texas A&M finishes a lackluster season on the field and looks towards the offseason for options. Not much went right in the game, save for one dive play in the 2nd quarter, going 73 yards by Chris Gray to put up the only points of the day for the Aggies. There have been rumblings in the media that Head Coach Roshaun Pesho Davis is contemplating giving up the Offensive Coordinator duties, and hiring someone to specifically take that role, although nothing has been officially announced, and there have not been any names that have surfaced. Expect to hear that decision soon though, as there aren't too many happy people within the framework of the Athletic Dept. In the offseason, it's never too early for next year!
     

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