January 2, 2007

Offense sputters after strong start

The Texas A&M offense came out firing on all cylinders driving 61 yards, and scoring a touchdown on the team's first possession. However, the unit stumbled several times in California territory. While the offense controlled the ball for a large majority of the first half, A&M could manage only a field goal the rest of the way as the Golden Bears convincingly pulled away in the second half for the 45-10 win.

On paper, the statistics look favorable. A&M managed to gain 350 yards of total offense, which exceeded the 302 yards netted in the win against Texas, and the 267 yards gained in the one-point loss to Oklahoma. It also roughly matched the 353-yard offensive total in the close loss to Texas Tech.

Take away the negative trick plays and A&M rushed for 180 yards, and in terms of numbers, Stephen McGee and the passing game had one of its most productive days generating 183 yards through the air.

Even the all important time of possession favored A&M as usual, with the Aggies controlling the ball for 35 minutes compared to the Golden Bears' 25 minutes.

The other barometer of success for A&M this season, the turnover ratio, favored the Aggies by one until a trash time interception by backup quarterback Ty Branyon evened up the turnovers with the game well in hand.

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