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NCAA Game Summary - Texas Tech at Texas A&M

(Saturday, October 18th)

Final Score: (7) Texas Tech 43, Texas A&M 25

College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Graham Harrell put up his customary big numbers, throwing for 450 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for two more, as the seventh-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders overcame a game Texas A&M squad, 43-25, at Kyle Field.

Harrell completed 44-of-56 passes with two interceptions for the Red Raiders (7-0, 3-0 Big 12). Tramain Swindall caught seven passes for 101 yards, Detron Lewis caught nine passes for 92 yards and star wideout Michael Crabtree racked up 71 yards receiving on eight catches with two touchdowns.

"Kyle Field is the greatest place to play at, so to come out with a win is big," Harrell said. "Lucky for me, I've come down here and gotten two wins. A&M played really hard and gave us a great shot."

Baron Batch added another dynamic to the offense, averaging 6.7 yards per carry and finishing with 87 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries.

Texas A&M's Jerrod Johnson, starting for the second straight week in place of Stephen McGee, completed 26-of-39 passes for 283 yards after throwing for a school-record 419 yards in last Saturday's loss to Kansas State.

Mike Goodson compiled 80 total yards and ran for a touchdown, and Ryan Tannehill caught five passes for 104 yards and one touchdown for the Aggies (2-5, 0-3).

"We just couldn't seem to get everything working well in the second half with a lack of execution," Johnson said. "It's hard to lose to Texas Tech, an in- state school like that."

The Aggies got on the scoreboard first thanks to a 46-yard march that concluded with Randy Bullock's 46-yard field goal. However, the high-powered Red Raiders offense answered right back.

Harrell found his favorite target Crabtree on two straight modest gains, and after an incompletion, the duo hooked up on a 25-yard scoring strike and a 7-3 edge.

Texas A&M didn't back down, kicking off a 14-play, 83-yard possession that ended in the end zone. Johnson zipped an eight-yard completion to Goodson and a 13-yard pass to Jamie McCoy. The signal-caller then sprinted 10 yards to move the chains and found Terrence McCoy in the middle of a zone for 12 yards to the Red Raiders six-yard line. On the play, a low and high hit on the QB by a pair of Texas Tech defenders drew a flag and left Johnson on the field in agony while holding his knee.

McGee finished off that drive with a three-yard touchdown toss to Tannehill.

In the back-and-forth affair, the Red Raiders struck the next blow. A 67-yard, 10-play march spanned the end of the first and beginning of the second quarter. Harrell converted a third down with a 15-yard toss to Eric Morris and followed that with a 16-yard connection to Lewis.

On a rare rush attempt, Batch knifed through the spread-out Texas A&M defense for a three-yard touchdown jaunt, but the extra point was blocked to keep the score at 13-10.

With Johnson back at the controls, the Aggies methodically plodded their way 80 yards on 12 plays for the tying score. Johnson completed four consecutive passes at one point, the first three to Goodson and the final one a 15-yard toss McCoy.

The big play was a 44-yard pitch-and-catch from Johnson to Tannehill. The march stalled inside the red zone and Bullock booted through a 28-yard kick for the 13-13 tie.

Harrell was the first QB to make a mistake, as his first pass after the field goal was intercepted by Trent Hunter, who returned the football 23 yards to the Red Raiders 30-yard line. Again, the Aggies could only muster three points, as Bullock kicked home an 18-yard chip shot for the lead.

The Red Raiders didn't let the turnover deter their efforts, as they went back to work on an 80-yard scoring drive. A 14-yard stretch run by Batch and a pair of 13-yard pass plays from Harrell to Lewis set up Texas Tech deep in Aggies territory. Harrell's eight-yard scoring toss to Batch put the Red Raiders in front, 20-16.

In a first half dominated by the offense, it was the Texas A&M defense that kept the fireworks going. Harrell tossed a 37-yard pass to Swindall, but he coughed up the football and the Aggies recovered.

On the next play from scrimmage, Johnson found Tannehill for 40 yards, and eventually Goodson plowed into the end zone from one yard out for the 23-20 game at the half.

"I thought everything that could go wrong did in the first half," Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach said. "We allowed ourselves to get frustrated. Part of it is going out there and just running around and expecting good things to happen."

While the Red Raiders offense stepped up, the defense stuffed the Texas A&M offense and gave the offense good field position throughout the second half.

A nine-play, 77-yard march right out of the locker room put the Red Raiders back in front to stay. Harrell found Crabtree for a three-yard score with 11:10 left in the third stanza to make the score 27-23.

A Cory Fowler 25-yard boot later in the period pushed the edge to 30-23. Again, the Aggies offense stalled, and the Red Raiders pushed in front 36-23 on Harrell's one-yard sneak almost midway through the fourth quarter.

The extra point was blocked, and Arkeith Brown ran it back the other way for two points and a 36-25 contest.

Harrell's one-yard walk into the end zone off a zone read with 19 seconds left capped the scoring.

"We had a lot of lack of production, but not a lack of intensity," Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman said. "These kids cried in the locker room after the game because they lost the ballgame and they wanted this so bad. There was not a lack of intensity."

Game Notes

Goodson caught nine passes to lead the Aggies...Texas Tech amassed 561 total yards to just 306 for the Aggies....Texas A&M still leads the all-time series, 34-32-1, but the Red Raiders have won the last four meetings...Texas Tech just surpassed its average offensive yardage output of 556.3 yards per contest... The Red Raiders converted 10-of-12 third-down chances.

10/18 17:37:14 ET

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