Friday, January 7, 2011
Aggies dodge two mistakes, burned by one
By David Ubben
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas A&M's defense has already made one big play, intercepting a pass deep in its own territory to end an LSU threat.
But it gave up a big play, too, allowing a 42-yard deep ball over the middle from Jordan Jefferson to Terrence Toliver that cut the Aggies lead to 10-7.
Tolliver beat his man, and it cost the Aggies, but two other mistakes could have cost them further. Fortunately for Texas A&M, neither did.
Texas A&M's Coryell Judie intercepted a pass on the opening drive, but only after the Aggies extended LSU's drive with a roughing the kicker penalty on a punt, though the punter did bobble the snap.
On the Aggies last drive, which ended in a missed field goal, Tyrann Mathieu blitzed and hit Ryan Tannehill without being blocked, forcing a fumble. Right tackle Jake Matthews whiffed on the block, but recovered the fumble, allowing the Aggies to keep possession.
The Aggies have looked like the better team after the first quarter, but more mistakes like those could catch up to them. Eliminate them and prevent another big play like the Tigers' pass, and the Aggies, who have run the ball well early, should be in good position to spring the mild upset.