October 29, 2007

Aggie Report Card: KU 19 A&M 11

Rushing Offense

The Aggies only gained 74 yards on 27 carries. Although Kansas' speed shut down A&M's ability to get to the perimeter, A&M was also unable to establish an inside running game with Jorvorskie Lane due to the play of DT James McClinton. Kansas's quicker defensive line had three tackles for loss and consistently freed up linebackers and defensive backs to play downhill against all aspects of the Aggies' run game. A&M's best efforts in the running game came during a second quarter drive in which Lane gained 18 yards on one run out of the I formation, but they rarely went to this formation thereafter. A&M continues to have issues freeing up Mike Goodson, which in the absence of a downfield passing game means that the offense is incapable of generating big plays.

Passing Offense

The Aggies tried a season high 44 passes, but continue to have issues getting the ball downfield. Even though Roger Holland had a 32-yard touchdown reception and Martellus Bennett had one catch for 35 yards, the Aggies averaged only 10 yards per completion. Kansas' secondary tightened their man coverage to the extent that A&M receivers caught less than one half of quarterback Stephen McGee's 24 completions and KU cornerback Aqib Talib had four pass breakups. Pass protection (one sack) was okay, but there were numerous times where McGee was flushed from the pocket or was hit as he threw.

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