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Saturday, October 29, 2011
Another Texas A&M slump busted

By David Ubben

Texas A&M went 22 quarters without forcing a turnover this season, which stretched from the first quarter of a season-opening win over SMU to the fourth quarter of a win over Baylor two weeks ago.

It grabbed another pick last week against Iowa State, but somehow, a fumble recovery eluded them all season.

The slump is over now. Missouri running back Henry Josey fumbled in the red zone, and the Aggies defensive back Terrence Frederick recovered, helping Texas A&M's lead stay at 28-17.

Entering today's game, Texas A&M had forced just five turnovers. Only Kansas and Minnesota (4) had forced fewer. This, despite leading the nation with 28 sacks.

That's a second huge stop for this defense, which held the Tigers to a field goal at the end of the first half, and forced a three-and-out to open the second half.

There have been plenty of frustrating moments for defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter, but today's been well-stocked with bright spots, and the Aggies have benefited.