Saturday, October 15, 2011
Aggies pass defense not rising to occasion
By David Ubben
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M's pass defense should be better than this.
There's no reason for the struggles.
But it continues to be a weak link and continues to let teams back into games.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has 110 yards on 7-of-10 passing with a touchdown in the third quarter to bring the Bears back to within striking distance.
Griffin has 333 yards and three scores on 23-of-32 passing.
The Aggies have one of the most experienced defenses in the league, littered with juniors and seniors loaded with letters. Terrence Frederick and Dustin Harris are solid, even though one of the league's top cornerbacks, Coryell Judie, is banged up and out of this one with a recurring hamstring injury.
Trent Hunter has plenty of experience and is one of the league's best safeties.
The defense is getting tons of pressure.
Yet it hasn't helped, and Griffin marched his team down the field twice, trimming a 17-point lead to just six and letting thoughts of another comeback at Kyle Field creep in.
The Aggies' offense has been good, especially Ryan Swope and the running game. Swope caught his fourth touchdown pass of the day -- his second 68-yard score today -- putting Texas A&M up 41-28 late in the third quarter.
Swope has 11 catches for 206 yards with his fourth score this season, the fifth 200-yard receiving game in school history.
A strong second half in this game last year helped the Aggies turn the corner for the rest of the season.
We'll see if anything similar emerges, but smart money is on Texas A&M's offense being pressured to outscore Baylor.