September 3, 2006

Grading the A&M offense

Saturday night's game against The Citadel saw the debut of the very impressive video jumbotron and a new atmosphere at Kyle Field. It also marked another Jekyll and Hyde performance by Texas A&M that had several impressive moments, and several not-so-impressive moments in the 35-3 win over the Division I-AA Bulldogs.

Now, anytime a team can open the season with a 32-point margin of victory, it's a good thing. However, while the easy non-conference schedule gives the Aggies a good opportunity to start the season 4-0, it also puts more emphasis on style points, as fans try to extrapolate A&M's early season performance to how they will perform when Big 12 play opens up against Texas Tech in four weeks.

The game started as planned for Aggie fans. The Citadel received the opening kickoff and promptly went three-and-out.

Quarterback Stephen McGee then led A&M on a methodical 10-play touchdown drive covering 63 yards. McGee completed both passes on the drive, which also highlighted Chad Schroeder's return from injury. Martellus Bennett got in the act with a 10-yard catch, while Courtney Lewis and Jorvorskie Lane consistently ran the ball effectively.

Simply put, it was a perfect start to the 2006 season.

When the offense marched down the field on its second drive taking the ball from the A&M seven yard-line to knocking on the door of another touchdown at the Bulldog 11-yard line, the game had the makings of a quick blowout. However, McGee and center Cody Wallace fumbled the snap and The Citadel recovered.

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