Texas A&M running back Jorvorskie Lane guaranteed a victory over Texas Tech, but he and his fellow Aggies left Lubbock with a brutal 35-7 loss. Graham Harrell threw for 425 yards and 3 touchdowns, but the story of the game had to be the tremendous play of the Red Raider defense.

The game didn't start off well for Texas Tech.  After receiving the opening kickoff, the Texas A&M defense forced the Red Raiders to punt and then marched the ball down the field to give Texas A&M a quick 7-0 lead.

That was the last time the Aggies would see the endzone.

The Red Raider offense picked things up in the 2nd quarter, jumping out to a 21-7 lead as Graham Harrell finished the first half with 209 yards on 14 of 16 passing (88%).

Harrell would finish the game with 425 yards and 3 touchdowns on 30 of 37 passing.

At the end of the 2nd quarter, Texas A&M took a cheap shot on Harrell which was not called by the referees.

"It got me fired up, and it really got me going," explained Harrell.  "They took a cheap shot.  It got the whole team fired up and we really came and dominated after that.  The referee said he was about to call grounding so he didn't see the hit."

Although Graham took a really hard hit, Coach Leach explained that coming out of the game may have not gone over too well.

"He has real good composure.  He is tougher than average.  His teammates probably would have laughed if he would have gone out."

In the 2nd half, the Texas Tech defense stood its ground once again, holding the Aggies scoreless the entire half and only allowing 143 yards of total offense.

Interim defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill was excited when Texas Tech did not let the Aggies score late in the game, compared to last week when Iowa State scored two touchdowns at the end of the 4th quarter.

"Number one, [the defense is] consistent," said McNeill.  "Number two, they have mental toughness.  It was great to see the guys grow in that aspect from last week to this week and not let them in the endzone."

The game was still within reach for the Aggies heading into the 4th quarter, with Tech only leading 21-7.

Harrell and the offense would wrap up the game quickly, however, scoring 14 more points in the first 7 minutes and giving the Red Raiders a 35-7 lead.

Michael Crabtree was held out of the endzone for the first time this season, but his presence was definitely felt by the A&M secondary as he reeled in 8 catches for 170 yards. Crabtree lead the Red Raider receiving corps in yards and receptions.

‘They came in with the game plan of trying to bracket him," said Harrell.  "If you try to take Crabtree away we're going to hurt you in other ways."

Running backs Shannon Woods and Kobey Lewis were the ones who stepped up and got the ball rolling on offense.  Woods finished the game with 128 total yards and Lewis had 84.

The Red Raiders will head to Colombia next week to face off against the Missouri Tigers, for what will likely be a match between two top 25 teams.

Attendance: 55,491 (3rd largest crowd in Jones AT&T history)


Mike Leach

On the more balanced attack today:
"I was a little disturbed with the balance.  We're going to have to throw it more next time."

On his broken arm:
"We're going to cut it off and put a hook on there."

Michael Crabtree

On A&M DB Danny Gorrer telling him he better bring his A game:
"All the stuff before the game talking about lighting me up.  I didn't see a cornerback put a hand on me all game."

On Jorvorskie Lane's guarantee of a victory:
"He sees the score now.  There's no guarantee here.  I told him to wait until after the game and we'll see what happens."

Ruffin McNeill

On his relationship with his players:
"When you're going to war, going to battle, you fight for your family.  I love those guys."

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