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Monday, October 20, 2008
Lunchtime links: Leach's late TD raises ire of Aggie fans

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

The late touchdown scored at the end of Texas Tech's 43-25 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday wasn't a nod to the Bowl Championship Series ramifications for the Red Raiders.

It merely is an indication of the kind of coach that Mike Leach is.

I've seen Leach do similar things with the stakes much less than what he was facing on Saturday at Kyle Field. I've seen him have his backup quarterback throw the ball all over the field with a safe lead in hand, looking for one more touchdown.

There was the time in 2004 when Leach tried a similar ploy against a hapless SMU defense at the end of a 27-13 victory. Phil Bennett reacted a little differently than Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman did. I remember that Bennett wanted to punch Leach's lights out if he could have found him after that game.

So it's understandable that Leach's late decision on Saturday prompted all kinds of conversation on the message boards and among newspaper columnists. Many Aggie fans opined on the boards of how they felt that Leach's late act was so despicable that they will be rooting for old blood rival Texas when the Longhorns face the Red Raiders next week in Lubbock.

Bryan-College Station columnist Robert Cessna writes that the late score is a sign that sportsmanship is dying in college football. But the San Antonio Express-News' Mike Finger writes that it's an indication of Leach's inability to see shades of grey in his coaching.

Both are true, which made Leach's decision at the end of the game Saturday both fascinating and also not that unexpected.

It also added another element in what was another wild, wacky week across the Big 12.

Here are some links from across the region that put last week's games into context: