Saturday, October 1, 2011
Big plays galore in the first quarter
By David Ubben
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It didn't take long before Texas A&M and Arkansas started putting on a show.
The Aggies had plays of 48 and 44 yards before Arkansas got back into the game with a 68-yard touchdown.
After the first quarter, the Aggies led 14-7.
Last week, the Aggies struggled early with Oklahoma State's offensive pace. This week, Texas A&M is doing it to the Hogs. Texas A&M's pace is giving Arkansas problems, but the real problem is Texas A&M's recommitment to the running game.
A week after becoming the forgotten man in Texas A&M's running game, Christine Michael has re-emerged with a pair of touchdowns, including his 48-yard score on an awkward exchange with quarterback Ryan Tannehill and a hurdle over a few linemen into the open field.
Michael appeared to grab the ball out of Tannehill's hand as he cocked to throw. When he does that and scores from midfield, though, everybody's happy, even if it's not pretty.
Texas A&M's defense has been solid, but the 68-yard touchdown to Jarius Wright late in the quarter was a rare bust for the unit, which has been consistently pressuring Tyler Wilson and putting him on his back.
Dustin Harris gave the Aggies their only sack with a big hit on Wilson, who didn't see the unblocked corner.
With these two offenses, expect more big plays before it's over.