Friday, January 4, 2013
Texas A&M bowl X factor
By Edward Aschoff
It's time to take a look at Texas A&M's X factor in tonight's matchup with Oklahoma in the AT&T Cotton Bowl:
Damontre Moore, Jr., DE: Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones had a very successful regular season. He passed for 3,989 yards and 29 touchdowns during the regular season and also had four receiving targets register more than 40 catches on the year. He has done very well against the blitz this year, so bringing extra pressure probably isn't the best method of attack for the Aggies. So, Moore will have to make sure he brings the pressure so that the blitz doesn't have to. Moore was one of the best sack artists in the country this year, registering 12.5 sacks on the year. He also collected 20 tackles for loss. Since the Aggies don't want to spend most of the night blitzing, they'll have to rely on Moore to bring the heat up front. Jones struggles when he's pushed outside the pocket, and Moore should be able to make that push happen. He'll have to because the Aggies ranked 11th in the SEC in pass defense, giving up 248.4 yards per game. Texas A&M can't afford to give Landry time to throw tonight.