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Saturday, October 9, 2010
Aggies keep fighting off mistakes

By David Ubben

ARLINGTON, Texas -- That's three turnovers in their own territory for Texas A&M, but they've only cost the Aggies three points.

Texas A&M got the ball with a chance to take the lead for the first time in the game, but running back Christine Michael fumbled a handoff from Jerrod Johnson and handed the ball right back to the Hogs, who capitalized with a field goal to take a 24-17 lead late in the third quarter.

Johnson hit Jeff Fuller for a 69-yard pass deep down the left sideline that set up a field goal to get the Aggies within four, but another mistake has the Aggies back in a seven-point hole.

The Aggies defense has Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett confused, and despite his big numbers (22-of-30, 255 yards, 3 touchdowns), Texas A&M has limited the big plays after Mallett's 71-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

That defense has helped them survive the mistakes, but coach Mike Sherman knows his team may not be able to afford another. If Texas A&M doesn't clean it up soon, that deficit might stretch to double digits.