October 27, 2009

Improved O-Line paves way for Aggies win

Texas A&M's offensive line had been absolutely dismal in 2009 with a rotating door amongst linemen and increasingly worse stats each week. Nothing, however was worse than the performance iin the 62-14 loss to Kansas State in which the Aggies allowed six sacks and rushed for negative yardage.

So what exactly happened at Texas Tech? In a 52-30 triumph over the No. 21 Red Raiders the Aggies rushed for 321 yards and six touchdowns while allowing just one sack. The reason for A&M's methodical beat down of the Red Raider defense had everything to do with the offensive line, and this was against statistically the top defensive front the Aggies had faced all season.

Tech entered the game allowing just 101 yards rushing per game and ranked in the top 10 nationally in sacks.

"I think a lot of it just came together," said A&M senior offensive lineman Michael Shumard. "There were a lot of plays in previous games where there would be a well-blocked play and there would be one guy who would miss a block, and he would only miss that one all game but that one caused it to not work or something like that. There wasn't so much of that and there weren't many bad plays, and it helped the running game get going. And once the running game was going then our pass game was solid too."

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