Damnit, revisited

A couple of weeks ago, Texas A&M blew an 18-point second half lead at home and ended up losing to Tech. And tonight… deja vu all over again? The Aggies took a 31-14 point lead—at home—over Nebraska in the second half… only to watch the Huskers score 24 unanswered points to close the game, as the Aggies lost, 38-31.

The Huskers’ rushing attack came back with a vengeance, as Nebraska racked up almost 500 yards in total offense against the once-fabled Wrecking Crew defense of A&M, including almost 400 yards on the ground alone (!).

And as for the Aggies’ recent offensive resurgence… smoke and mirrors. Running up 40+ points against the Baylors of the world is one thing. To do it against Nebraska would have actually meant something. Instead, despite the apparent closeness of the final score, the Aggie offense was essentially a non-factor. Consider that two of A&M’s touchdowns were scored by the defense (fumble return) and special teams (punt block return), and that the Aggies’ first touchdown on offense came on a 6-yard drive, courtesy of a fumble recovery by the defense. So basically, the offense “legitimately” scored only 10 points. Smoke and mirrors.

I’m sure Oklahoma and Texas were watching the game and drooling/laughing themselves silly.

Texas A&M falls to 5-3 (2-2 in Big 12 play) and is now essentially out of the running for the Big 12 South title. Next up is a dangerous road game at Oklahoma State.

Almost forgot…

The Aggies beat Kansas, 47-22, on Saturday. Granted, pretty much everyone scores 40+ on KU nowadays, but this marks the first time since 1941 (and only the second time ever) that Texas A&M has scored 40+ points in three consecutive games. Another banner offensive day all around, as QB Dustin Long passed for a hair under 400 yards (399, a new team record), RB Derek Farmer went over 100 yards (111 on 21 carries), and a pair of receivers went over 100 yards each (with a third receiver falling just short at 99 yards). The defense held the Jayhawks to around 300 yards, but gave up far too many junk time points for my liking.

A&M is now 5-2 (2-1 in Big 12 play), with Nebraska coming to town this weekend. Just think… in the recent past, this would have been a marquee game. But this season… eh.

Ummmm… WHOOP! Or something.

Texas A&M beat Baylor on Saturday, 41-0.

Whoop-dee-freakin’-doo. I mean, c’mon, it’s Baylor.

Beat the crap out of Tech or Texas for a few years in a row… now that would get me going. But Baylor?

The Aggies go to 4-2 on the season (1-1 in Big 12 play).

P.S. Let me get this straight. Last week’s game against Texas Tech—a series which has of late been close, exciting, and full of storylines—was not televised, but this week’s game against Baylor—a series that has been completely one-sided and devoid of interest in the last ten years or so—was televised? WTF?