Texas A&M 17

(5-4, 1-3 away)

(16) Texas Tech 56

(8-1, 6-0 home)

Coverage: Fox Sports Net

7:00 PM ET, November 5, 2005

Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX

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TA&M 3 7 0 717
#16TTU 14 0 21 2156

Top Performers

Passing: C. Hodges (TTU) - 408 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Henderson (TTU) - 20 CAR, 109 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: J. Hicks (TTU) - 8 REC, 147 YDS, 2 TD

Aggies bracing for Red Raiders' offensive attack

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Texas Tech quarterback Cody Hodges' formative years in West Texas were spent cheering on the team he faces Saturday night.

''I grew up an A&M fan,'' said Hodges, whose neighbor in Hereford played on Texas A&M's 12th-man kickoff team. ''When I came to Tech, everything changed.''

Hodges isn't likely to show any mercy as No. 16 Texas Tech (7-1, 4-1) faces one of the weakest pass defenses in the country. He wants to atone for his worst showing of the season last week against Baylor.

Tech's lead was just 6-0, and Hodges had two interceptions and just 162 yards entering the fourth quarter before the Red Raiders hit some big plays in a 28-0 victory.

The Aggies (5-3, 3-2) are 115th out of 117 Division I-A teams in pass defense, and Hodges leads the nation in passing at 382 yards per game.

''If I throw the ball the way I did against Baylor, then it doesn't really matter,'' Hodges said. ''A lot of (passes) were in the ground and low and behind them.''

Hodges' struggles led to long-yardage situations on third down, and Tech was just 4-of-15 on third-down conversions. Hodges wants that to change this week.

''It doesn't really worry me,'' he said. ''We've just got to do better on first and second down. That's the way you get out of third-and-long.''

Texas A&M is coming off a 42-14 loss to Iowa State, a defeat that had die-hard Aggies fans leaving Kyle Field early. The Aggies gave up 371 passing yards and set a school record by surrendering four touchdowns to Iowa State receiver Todd Blythe, who had 214 receiving yards.

Overall, the Aggies are allowing 426 yards per game.

''Since we're probably at the bottom of the barrel as far as stats in that, I would say, if I were them, I'd be looking forward to the opportunity,'' A&M defensive coordinator Carl Torbush said of the Red Raiders. ''With that said, I think our players are looking forward to the opportunity to see what we can do against one of the finest passing attacks in the country.''

The Aggies were trounced 59-28 the last time they came to Lubbock two years ago, but they bounced back with a 32-25 overtime victory in College Station last season.

Courtney Lewis scored the winning touchdown last year, and he had a 73-yard scoring run against Iowa State after missing several games with an undisclosed injury.

But Tech is most wary of the dual threat brought by A&M's Reggie McNeal, who has thrown for 13 touchdowns and averages 209 yards passing and a team-high 80 rushing this season.

''Reggie is specifically incorporated in their running game,'' Tech coach Mike Leach said. ''They utilize him as another running back. He throws the ball well and effectively.''

Aggies coach Dennis Franchione is unabashed in his respect for Tech's ability to score quickly.

''They've scored a lot of points all year long and are very capable of scoring points,'' he said. ''In every game you make a game plan, or you have a thought process as to what is best for your team to handle a game. Each one has its unique identity to it. Certainly this one does, too.''


Passing Leaders

K. Hill66.72649238
K. Allen61.51322167
D. Webb61.225392413
P. Mahomes56.81547164

Rushing Leaders

T. Carson1245814.75
T. Williams815606.97
D. Washington18811035.92
J. Stockton483968.34

Receiving Leaders

J. Reynolds5284216.213
M. Kennedy5361111.56
J. Grant6793814.07
B. Marquez6582112.610