(24) Texas A&M 45

(3-2, 1-1 away)

Texas Tech 40

(4-1, 2-1 home)

Coverage: FX

7:00 PM ET, October 8, 2011

Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX

1 2 3 4 T
#24TA&M 10 21 7 745
TTU 7 13 10 1040

Top Performers

Passing: S. Doege (TTU) - 391 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: C. Gray (TA&M) - 21 CAR, 116 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Torres (TTU) - 8 REC, 111 YDS, 1 TD

Texas A&M outscores Texas Tech to avoid another collapse

Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman brought out some film from the last couple of seasons this past week to remind his players how it feels to win.

The No. 24 Aggies had lost two straight after holding double-digits leads at halftime when they came into Lubbock.

They led again at halftime, 30-21 against Texas Tech on Saturday night. This time the Aggies prevailed.

"It seems like it's been forever since we've had this feeling," Sherman said after the 45-40 win. "We went back down memory lane a little bit and relieved some of those feelings. And we had that same feeling in there today."

Ryan Tannehill ran for two touchdowns and threw for another for the Aggies.

"That feeling in the locker room makes it all worth it," Tannehill said. "You're in there with your closest brothers, and you're having a good time. To me that's the best feeling you have."

Texas A&M finally put together four quarters, despite being outscored 20-14 in the second half.

The Aggies (3-2, 1-1) ran for 205 yards on 46 carries.

Seth Doege threw for three touchdowns and 391 yards to lead Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1). Eric Stephens injured his knee late in the third quarter and had 122 yards on 22 carries.

"We hate to lose Eric Stephens," Tuberville said. "It doesn't look good."

Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael each ran for a score for Texas A&M.

Tannehill found Michael Lamothe early in the fourth quarter for a 5-yard TD to put the Aggies up 45-30.

Sherman said he weighted his game plan toward the run. There were 46 rushing plays and 16 passes.

"I didn't want this to be a throw-fest out there," Sherman said. "I wanted to have some balance in running the football. It worked for us so we stayed with it."

Tannehill's pass to Lamothe proved crucial. Doege came back and found Alex Torres on a 20-yard TD pass with 31 seconds remaining in the game to pull within 45-40.

"We gave ourselves a chance at the end but made too many mistakes," Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said. "We couldn't stop their run. We played much better but didn't get anything going offensively in the third quarter."

The game's momentum turned on a blocked field goal by the Aggies in the third quarter. Terrence Frederick put A&M up 38-23 when he picked up the ball and ran 63 yards untouched along the near sideline for the touchdown. Dustin Harris was the Aggie who got his hand on the 50-yard attempt by Donnie Carona.

That score took the air out of the Red Raiders and their fans.

A roughing the kicker penalty on the Aggies earlier in the third quarter gave Texas Tech another shot at scoring. The Red Raiders got only a field goal, though, to pull within 31-23. Steven Terrell appeared to have be pushed into Red Raiders punter Ryan Erxleben on fourth-and-10 from Texas Tech's 35.

Doege found a wide open Torres for a 22-yard gain and then was sacked for a 7-yard loss. Donnie Carona finished the drive with a 49-yard field goal -- his second from that distance as the Red Raiders had to settle for 3-pointers throughout the game.

"We had to kick too many field goals and too much time ran off the clock," Tuberville said. "We're a much better team than we were on the first of September."

Both offenses played fast and the defenses struggled to get to the line in time.

Stephens scored on a 4-yard run to pull Tech within 24-20 late in the first half. Texas Tech got big help on the scoring drive from back-to-back pass interference penalties.

Tannehill did it all in the first half. He completed 12 of 16 passes for 156 yards. He also rushed for 55 yards and the two rushing touchdowns.

Texas Tech keep pace until settling for a 27-yard field goal to trail 17-13.

The day started poorly for Texas A&M. The Aggies found their team buses were vandalized overnight Friday. Bus drivers found manure inside and outside the four vehicles.

A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said Saturday manure went "from one end to the other" inside one bus that couldn't be locked. The others had manure along the exterior. He tweeted that the outsides of all the buses had vulgarities "spray painted" on them.

"Classy," ended his first tweet.

The team was accompanied school security and a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper and no official report was made to the agency, an email from Aggies spokesman Brad Marquardt stated.

Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt called the vandalism "unfortunate" and that it doesn't "represent who we are as a group."


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2334
Total Yards393523
3rd Down Conversions7-1412-24
4th Down Conversions0-12-3

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Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

TD13:04Ryan Tannehill 19 Yd Run (Randy Bullock Kick) 70
TD09:31Adam James 2 Yd Pass From Seth Doege (Donnie Carona Kick) 77
FG02:12Randy Bullock 45 Yd 107
FG14:19Donnie Carona 49 Yd 1010
TD11:54Cyrus Gray 16 Yd Run (Randy Bullock Kick) 1710
FG09:21Donnie Carona 27 Yd 1713
TD07:16Christine Michael 17 Yd Run (Randy Bullock Kick) 2413
TD03:52Eric Stephens 4 Yd Run (Donnie Carona Kick) 2420
TD00:24Ryan Tannehill 10 Yd Run (Randy Bullock Kick) 3120
FG09:10Donnie Carona 49 Yd 3123
TD04:33Terrence Frederick 65 Yd Return Of Blocked Field Goal (Randy Bullock Kick) 3823
TD01:17Eric Ward 5 Yd Pass From Seth Doege (Donnie Carona Kick) 3830
TD11:59Michael Lamothe 5 Yd Pass From Ryan Tannehill (Randy Bullock Kick) 4530
FG09:34Donnie Carona 30 Yd 4533
TD00:31Alex Torres 20 Yd Pass From Seth Doege (Donnie Carona Kick) 4540