October 17, 2006

A&M Hot 12

Things didn't look good early as the Texas A&M defense was getting obliterated for most of the first half, but the A&M offense kept the Aggies in the game with a balance of short passes, runs and deep balls.

In the second half the A&M offense played keep away, holding more than a 2-1 advantage in time of possession in the game. The defense had an about face as it shutout Missouri in the half.

This could be pointed as the biggest win in the Dennis Franchione era at A&M, and most likely the most important. But with even more important games ahead this season, the Aggies will need to perform at the this level throughout the year.

Below are this week's Hot 12.


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Jordan Peterson
Peterson made the play that changed the course of the game Saturday when he knocked the ball away from Missouri receiver William Franklin at the goal line to prevent a touchdown and give A&M a touchback. Peterson also had three tackles and a pass breakup. Each week Peterson is targeted by opponents, and each week he is improving.
Stephen McGee
With the running game not working early in the game, the offense fell on McGee's shoulders and the passing game came to life. Mixing short passes with runs and flea flickers and play-action passes, McGee methodically sliced through the Missouri defense. At the end of the day he completed all but four pass attempts (19 of 23) for 183 yards and one touchdown.
Cyril Obiozor
Each game it seems as if a different defensive end makes his mark, and this week it was Obiozor. With the A&M defense switching between the base 4-2-5 and a stack 3-3-5 alignment, Obiozor became the primary speed rusher off the end and had his biggest day as an Aggie. He has seven tackles on the day including a sack and a forced fumble.