Hop's Texas Bowl Grades

With Saturday's 33-22 victory over Northwestern, Texas A&M earned its first bowl win in a ten years. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop takes a look back at the contest and hands out his grades for the game.

QB A-

Ryan Tannehill had a very solid outing completing 68% of his passes for 329 yards with a very good 12.2 yards per completion. But what earned him an A were three clutch third down completions to seal the victory on the last drive.


RB C+

Ben Malena is limited physically, but he runs hard and he did score twice.


WR A+

I'm probably happier over Uzoma Nwachukwu's performance as I was Jeff Fuller's. Nwachukwu played with a lot of energy and he showed very steady hands on several critical catches downfield. He also gives some optimism for next season. Not only did Fuller make the big 26-yard TD grab, but he had the game saving grab late in the game on a big third down. Ryan Swope had several nice catches and was spectacular on that catch and run down the sideline to the 2-yard line.


TE C+

The tight ends were quiet. Hutson Prioleau caught one pass for a couple of yards and that was it.


OL C

The line did a solid job protecting Tannehill in the pocket, but the run blocking was a big disappointment. A&M averaged just 3.0 yards per carry and 80 yards total.


Total Offense B


DL A

I thought the defensive line did a good job putting pressure on the Wildcat quarterbacks all day. Tony Jerod-Eddie had a monster game to end his career with 8 tackles and a big sack.


LB B-

The linebackers as a whole made their share of plays, but I thought the inside linebackers were not as aggressive in run support as I would have liked.


DB A-

IN the first half when the secondary was playing a lot of man coverage, they were very effective in slowing down the Wildcat passing game. The corners had a total of five pass break-ups and they limited downfield pass completions. Terrence Frederick and Trent Hunter had a big impact in run support and blitzing, combining for three sacks and another tackle for loss.


Total Defense B+


Special Teams A-

Overall special teams was bidding for a rare A+ grade until the punt team gave up a 51 yard punt return that set-up one of Northwestern's fourth quarter touchdowns. Otherwise, Randy Bullock was a perfect 4-for-4, Epperson averaged 45 yards per punt and a kill inside the 5-yard line, and Dustin Harris had a couple of very nice returns.

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