LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Graham Harrell bounced up from a rough hit
ready to lead Texas Tech to a big win. Texas A&M couldn't do the
same after a rough week.
Harrell threw for 425 yards and three touchdowns and ran for
another score Saturday in Tech's 35-7 win over the Aggies, who were
trying to rally around coach Dennis Franchione after the school
admonished him and said it was embarrassed over secretive, for-pay
newsletters he was sending to boosters.
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The Red Raiders (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) led 14-7 and were driving late
in the first half when Aggies defensive lineman Von Miller
flattened Harrell a couple of seconds after the quarterback threw
the ball away. Harrell called it a "cheap shot" and said he was
"shocked" no flag was thrown.
Referee Tom Walker's microphone remained on after announcing the
incompletion. He immediately turned to Harrell and asked, "You all
Two plays later, Harrell continued to talk to the refs about the
lack of a flag as he approached the line of scrimmage.
Tech went on to score to go up 21-7 just before halftime, and
Harrell, who was 30-of-37 passing with no interceptions, finished
The Aggies (5-2, 2-1) didn't finish, getting shut out after
scoring on their first possession. They had chances to keep pace
with Tech in the first half but kept stalling. When the drives
ended, kicker Matt Szymanski struggled, missing first-half field
goals of 41 and 33 yards.
"When you don't get points when you get opportunities, it
hurts," Franchione said. "When you move the ball, you've got to
get points, especially when you play this team, and we didn't."
Michael Crabtree, Harrell's new favorite target, didn't have a
touchdown for the first time in his career. The redshirt freshman,
who has a nation-leading 17 TD catches, had at least two in each of
his first six games.
But he still contributed, displaying his speed and agility on
two slants across the middle, one for 54 yards in the second
quarter and a 47-yarder in the fourth quarter with Tech already up
28-7. He had eight catches for 170 yards, just off his per-game
average of 179.
"We win, we get the 'W,' and that's all I'm looking for,"
Crabtree said. "We'll get it next time."
Tech's prolific offense started slowly, failing to score in the
first quarter. The last time the Red Raiders didn't score until the
second quarter was in their record-setting, 31-point comeback win
(44-41) against Minnesota in last year's Insight Bowl.
Tech, which usually throws far more than it runs, ran on just
eight plays fewer than its 37 pass attempts.
"I'm a little disturbed that it's balanced," Tech coach Mike
Leach said jokingly. "We'll have to throw more next time.
Actually, I thought the balance was pretty good cause we got a lot
of people's hands on the ball."
A&M's ground game chewed up the clock on the Aggies' first two
drives. On the first possession, A&M ran on all 10 plays of a
73-yard drive for a 7-0 lead. Jorvorskie Lane, who earlier this
week guaranteed an Aggies win, got his 11th touchdown on a 1-yard
"It was a motivational thing for my team," Lane said. "We win
together and lose together."
A&M had another good chance early in the third quarter.
Cornerback Danny Gorrer had a clear path to the end zone when he
stepped in front of a Harrell pass to Danny Amendola. But Gorrer
juggled the ball, and Amendola pulled it in for a first down at the
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