Upon Further Review...

Inside Texas' Mike Blackwell gives his notes from the Texas-Texas A&M game.

Rushing comparisons: The running game played a huge role in the outcome of Saturday's game. The Aggies rushed 51 times for 270 yards – an average of 4.8 yards per carry – and scored both of their touchdowns on the ground. The Longhorns ran 25 times for 90 yards for a 2.8 yards per carry average. Selvin Young was Texas' leading rusher in his final home game for the Longhorns, gaining 47 yards on 10 carries. Jamaal Charles ran 12 times for 43 yards. Henry Melton's only carry from scrimmage came on 4th and 1 at the end of the first drive of the game, when the Longhorns failed to convert on the Texas A&M 8 yard-line.

McGee's numbers: Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Stephen McGee completed 7 of 13 passes for only 58 yards against the Longhorns, but stung Texas with his rushing. McGee, who is now 5-0 in road games in his career, rushed for a game-high 106 yards on 18 carries.

Whither Limas?: Limas Sweed caught just one pass for Texas in the game (no, the nullified touchdown reception doesn't count) for 14 yards.

Third down scorecard: Third down conversions by Texas A&M proved costly to the Longhorns' chances to win. The Aggies were 10 of 16 on third down, while Texas converted just two of nine third-down tries.

Red zone woes: Texas drove into the Texas A&M red zone three times, and came away with points only once.

Time of possession: Time of possession was vital in the game as well, with the run-oriented Aggies dominating the statistic. The Aggies held the ball for 35:58, while Texas had it for only 24:02.

Senior day: Twenty-six seniors and their families and friends celebrated Senior Day Saturday. The class has helped Texas post a 43-7 overall record and a 28-4 mark in regular season Big 12 conference games during their careers.

Big 12 South?: Texas can still reach the Big 12 championship game, should Oklahoma lose its game Saturday in Stillwater to Oklahoma State. If so, the Longhorns will have clinched at least a share of the Big 12 South title for the sixth time in the league's 11 years.

No back-to-back losses: The last time Texas lost consecutive games was in 1999, when the Longhorns dropped the last three contests of the season. Since Mack Brown's arrival in 1998, the Longhorns have lost two straight games only three times.

Love that bye week: The Longhorns are now 13-3 following regular-season bye weeks.

What rivalry?: With the loss, Texas now holds a 74-35-5 advantage in the series against the Aggies.

Big 12 streak: Texas steak of 26 straight Big 12 wins at home was ended by Texas A&M. The last conference loss at home came in 1999, when the Longhorns fell to Kansas State (35-17).

Trading places: Texas and Texas A&M coaching staffs have ties to the "other side." Aggie offensive coordinator Les Koenning was a three-year letterman and team captain at Texas from 1977 until 1980. The Texas A&M cornerbacks coach is Van Malone, an all-conference defensive back at Texas from 1989 until 1993. Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis was the Texas A&M quarterbacks coach from 1978 until 1984, and Texas running backs coach Ken Rucker coached at A&M from 1994 until 1997, and then again from 2001 until 2002.

End of the day quote, from Mack Brown: "Turnovers went to them and explosives went to them. We didn't make a 4th and six inches. There was an interference call that took away the touchdown. They rushed for a bunch of yards and we didn't. They made third down situations and they scored in the red zone and we didn't. Give them credit."


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