Saturday, October 22, 2011

Texas Aggies Football Hit Road; Look for Third Straight Win

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2011 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (October 22, 2011) Texas A&M will be seeking its third straight win, including its second straight on the road when the Aggies take on unranked Iowa State in a 2:36 contest on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.

The Aggies are coming off wins over Texas Tech in Lubbock and Baylor last Saturday in College Station as they gear up for the challenge from the Cyclones.

After sweeping its non-conference games, ISU has opened Big 12 play with losses to Texas, Baylor and Missouri.

With ISU as a tradition Big 12 North foe, the two teams have played just 10 games previously with A&M holding a 9-1 advantage in the series.

The Aggies have won the last two games since ISU’s lone win in the series in 2005 (ISU 42, A&M 14 in College Station).

A win over ISU would give Aggies ninth win in last 10 Big 12 contests, which would be the most successful run against Big 12 opponents ever.

The Aggies went 8-1 vs. Big 12 in 1998 (7-1 regular season, plus title game).

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is 258 yards from becoming the 13th Aggie to hit the 4,000-yard plateau in career total offense in just his 12th game as a starter at quarterback.

Place kicker Randy Bullock is 15 points from becoming A&M’s fourth 300-point scorer, and five FGs from becoming fourth place kickers with 50 three-pointers.

Cornerback Terrence Frederick is one pass broken up from matching Wrecking Crew founder Chet Brooks and Donovan Greer at No. 9 on career PBUs list with 26.

Wide receiver Ryan Swope is 40 yards from 2,000 yards in career all-purpose while Jeff Fuller is five catches away from 200 career receptions.

Running back Cyrus Gray is just 228 all-purpose yards away from the 6,000-yard plateau.

A&M’s next fumble recovery will be their first since the 2010 Texas game, a span of seven games, 29 quarters and 640 opponent chances.

The Aggies were credited with a fumble recovery when OSU running back Justin Blackmon inexplicably dropped the ball and it rolled through the endzone.

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