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Aggies lean where they should in win

10/22/2011

Texas A&M didn't start the way it would have liked, trailing by four early in the second quarter to an Iowa State team that had lost three consecutive games by wide margins.

However, the Aggies did exactly what was needed and turned to Christine Michael and Cyrus Gray, the conference's best running back duo, and beat the Cyclones, 33-17.

Michael and Gray carried the ball 40 times for 280 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill shook off an ugly start and finished with 249 yards and two scores on 23-of-42 passing.

The Aggies put the ball in the hands of their most reliable options, though, and were rewarded. Michael ran with power, bruising defenders in his way. Gray was making sharp cuts and frustrating defenders with spin moves.

You can't help but wonder what would have happened if the Aggies had gone to Michael and Gray in the second half of a season-altering 30-29 loss to Oklahoma State earlier this season, when the pair of running backs got six carries combined in the second half.