Through four defensive series so far, Tech has sandwiched two three-and-outs around 79- and 72-yard touchdown drives by Kansas. The Raiders just had another good defensive series. Brian Duncan nearly picked off a pass on second down. Then on third-and-10, McKinner Dixon got the sack, barely beating Brandon Williams and Daniel Howard to the quarterback.
Back chance here to take a two-touchdown lead. When that opportunity presents itself in a Big 12 road game, you need to take advantage.
No surprise from Lawrence. With two of the best passing quarterbacks in college football hooking up, both have led two touchdown drives. Graham Harrell has thrown TDs of 55 yards to Edward Britton and 4 yards to Mike Crabtree. Kansas QB Todd Reesing has thrown TD passes of 33 yards to Kerry Meier and 10 yards to Dezmon Briscoe.
Crunch time has arrived. It's the fourth quarter, a one-possession game, and A&M has a first down at its own 41.
Tech's streak of six games in a row with 100 yards rushing is on the line. The Raiders have 71 rushing yards through three quarters.
Cory Fowler made his first career field goal, a 25-yarder, on Tech's last series to make it a 30-23 game.
And after a shaky first half, the Tech defense has tightened up. The Raiders D just got a second straigh three-and-out. They've given up two first downs in the second half.
Attendance today is 86,012. That's 10th-best crowd all-time at Kyle Field and second-best for a Tech-A&M game.
The Aggies are being true Aggies, sticking behind their team that's lost three home games already.
That, or the farmers were really looking forward to a game against the Not Our Rivals.
Tech had a great chance to seize control of this game early in the third quarter. After an impressive drive for a touchdown, A&M fumbled the ensuing kickoff. Two plays later, with Tech having first down at the A&M 11, Graham Harrell completed a pass to Mike Crabtree but Crabtree lost the handle and Aggies DE Michael Bennett alertly picked it out of the air.
If Tech loses this one, that play -- and missed chance -- will loom large.
Well, there's one of those solid drives we talked at halftime about getting. Tech goes 77 yards in nine plays to climb back into the lead at 27-23. A 3-yard touchdown pass to Mike Crabtree, his second score of the day, is the payoff.
Tech got to the A&M 42, then got two big plays back to back: a 21-yard run from Baron Batch and an 18-yard pass to Tramain Swindall. Then it was Harrell to Crabtree and six points for the 34th time in the last 20 game.
At the half, it's Texas A&M 23, Tech 20. The Aggies have scored on five of their six possessions. That's the bad. The good is that A&M has had to settle for field goals three times. Otherwise, Tech would be in a world of trouble.
As it is, the Raiders have to get it together in the locker room and put together a good drive or two early in the second half. I figure this is the kind of half when Mike Leach and Graham Harrell are saying words to the effect of A&M hasn't stopped the Raiders; the Raiders have stopped themselves.
Tech goes 80 yards in eight plays to retake the lead at 20-16. Baron Batch got the touchdown on an 8-yard pass. Batch was so wide open he could have walked in.
Reason why was A&M blitzed off the edge, leaving the area that Batch swung into completely unaccounted for.
Working great, those blitzes.
Randy Bullock just kicked his third field goal of the game to put Texas A&M ahead 16-13 with 6:29 left in the first half. That came after a disastrous play in which Graham Harrell got pressured and lofted up a pass that got intercepted. The combination of safety Trent Fuller's return and a penalty on Shannon Woods gave A&M field position at the Tech 15. The defense held them out from there.
Told you I was skeptical of a Tech blowout in Kyle Field.