Aggies lead at half, but fall to Tech 43-25

Texas A&M and No. 7 Texas Tech traded scores in the first half with the Aggies taking a 23-20 halftime lead. But Tech shut down the Aggie offense in the second half and scored 23 points to comeback for a 43-25 win over the Aggies. Grahanm Harrell passed for 449 yards and 3 TDs to lead the Red Raiders.

 

Texas A&M and No. 7 Texas Tech traded scores in the first half with the Aggies taking a 23-20 halftime lead. But Tech shut down the Aggie offense in the second half and scored 23 points to comeback for a 43-25 win over the Aggies.

A&M gained outgained Texas Tech 274-254 in the first half, but mustered only 32 yards and five first downs in the second half.

On their first possession of the game, the Aggies used two Jerrod Johnson shovel passes, one for 26 yards to Mike Goodson and another for 17 yards to Cyrus Gray, to move deep into Tech territory before having to settle for a 46-yard Randy Bullock field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

Michael Crabtree returned the Aggie kickoff 50 yards to the A&M 42-yard line. It took Tech just 6 plays to score, with Graham Harrell hitting a wide open Michael Crabtree for a 25-yard touchdown. The extra point by Cory Fowley gave Tech a 7-3 lead with ten minutes left in the first quarter.

The Aggies responded by driving 83 yards in 14 plays to regain the lead. Facing third and goal at the 3, Stephen McGee came on for one play and tossed a touchdown pass to Ryan Tannehill to give the Aggies a 10-7 lead with 3:18 left in the first quarter.

Tech drove 67 yards in 10 plays with Barron Batch scoring on a 3-yard run. The extra point attempt was blocked to leave the Red Raiders with a 13-10 lead at the 14:21 mark in the second quarter.

The Aggies used 11 plays to drive 80 yards to the Tech 11-yard line before having to settle for a 28-yard Randy Bullock field goal to tie the game 13-all with 9:48 left in the second quarter.

Aggie defensive back Trent Hunter intercepted a Graham Harrell pass and returned it 23 yards to the Texas Tech 34-yard line . A personal foul on Texas Tech gave the Aggies a first down at the Tech 15-yard line. The Aggies drove to the Tech 1-yard line before on 4th down Randy Bullock kicked an 18-yard field goal to give the Aggies a 16-13 lead with 6:29 left in the half.

Tech quickly responded, driving 80 yards in 8 plays, with Barron Batch catching an 8-yard touchdown pass from Graham Harrell, as Tech regained the lead 20-16 with 3:51 left in the half.

After forcing an Aggie punt, Graham Harrell completed a pass to Tramain Swindall for 37 yards before the Aggies forced a fumble and Jordan Pugh recovered at the A&M 45-yard line. On their frist play from scrimmage, Jerrod Johnson connected with Ryan Tannehill on a 40-yard pass completion ot the Tech 15-yard line. Four plays later Mike Goodson scored on a 1-yard run and Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a 23-20 at the half.

Tech received the 2nd half kickoff and drove 77 yards in 9 plays, with Michael Crabtree catching a 3-yard touchdown pass from Harrell, to give Tech a 27-23 lead four minute into the third quarter.

Midway through the third quarter Tech drove to the Aggie 8-yard line before Cory Fowler kicked a 25-yard field goal to extend the Tech lead to 30-23.

Early in the fourth quarter Tech drove 80 yards in 13 plays, with Graham Harrell sneaking over from the 1-yard line. The Aggies blocked the extra point attempt and Arkeith Brown returned it for a 2-point defensive conversion to lead the score 36-25 with seven minutes left in the game.

Tech used most of the last five minutes of the game to drive 74 yards in 12 plays. Sporting a 11-point lead with 23 seconds left in the game Tech showed their true lack of class by calling a timeout and going for a meaningless touchdown. Harrell snuck over to make the final score 43-25.

It was a different game in the second half as the Aggie offense suffered several dropped passes and was only able to amass 32 yards and 5 first downs. Tech took advantage of the Aggie offensive woes to wear down the Aggie defense.

Grahanm Harrell threw for 3 TDs and ran for two more to lead the Red Raiders. Harrell completed 44 of 56 passes for 450 yards as the Red Raiders moved to 7-0, 3-0 in the Big 12, beating A&M for the seventh time in eight meetings.

Jerrod Johnson completed 26 of 39 passes for 283 yards for the Aggies (2-5, 0-3 Big 12).

The Aggies travel to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State next Saturday night.


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