Apparently the Aggies arebitching
because the Texas Tech Red Raiders elected to score a last-second touchdown as they went about defeating the Aggies 43-25 on Saturday. Now the Aggies can bitch all that they want to about this, but until they become a relevant football team again, then all they can do is bitch.
Texas Tech is 7-0 on the season, and they’re the number eight ranked school in the all-important BCS rankings. And as has been discovered over the years, the amount of points by which a school defeats mediocre competition factors into their rankings. And the Aggies, at 2-5, are worse than mediocre. If Tech wants a chance to get to that all important BCS title game, the team has got to do more than just win football teams; they have to embarrass all teams that aren’t major teams.
And the Aggies aren’t a major football power.
In my view, the Aggies haven’t been a major, relevant football power since Jackie Sherrill departed College Station. Sure, R.C. Slocum led the Aggies to Southwest Conference domination in the waning days of the conference, when it was a mediocre conference that threw scares into nobody – quick, how often were the Aggies competitive in those bowl games?
Yeah, not too damn often.
The Aggies like to spend their cash on coaches and facilities, but the football team just doesn’t compete like a major power. Sure, in the Big 12 South, they’re better than Baylor, maybe, but they haven’t been able to compete with Tech, Texas, or Oklahoma in about a decade. And Oklahoma State has taken huge leaps forward.
All while the Aggies fall. And fall. And fall.
So it wasn’t enough for the Red Raiders to merely beat the Aggies Saturday. They had to do so by a big score. If the Aggies don’t like it, then maybe they should start winning games. Maybe they should stop wasting cash on coaches like Mike Sherman and Coach Fran.
Until then, just lie back and take your beating. Just like Rice and Houston and Baylor did all those years ago when the Aggies were destroying them. And I sure as hell don’t remember the Aggies bitching then.
SOME MISCELLANEOUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTES:
The Aggies actually put up a fight against Tech. They held the lead at the half, 23-20, and they had gained 274 yards on offense. They proceeded to give up 23 points to Tech in the second half while gaining on 32 yards.
Tech QB Graham Harrell picked the Aggies to pieces, going 44 for 56 for 450 yards and three touchdowns.
******************* The Longhorns are clearly the nation’s number one team after Saturday night. They took on Missouri, a team which should have been competitive against Texas, and just embarrassed them. Texas had the 35-3 lead at the half as they went on to a 7-0 record for only the second time since 1983.
The Horns scored on their first five possessions and outgained Missouri 337-121 yards in the first half. QB Colt McCoy was 29 for 32 with 337 yards, two touchdown passes, and two touchdown runs. McCoy is quickly becoming one of the leading competitors for the Heisman, and on Saturday he set the UT record while completing 17 straight passes.
******************* And if the Houston Cougars could ever play a complete game, they might be a ranked team. Their last-second rallies against Oklahoma State, Air Force, and Colorado State all failed, and on Saturday, the Cougars had to rally against a lesser opponent once again, defeating SMU 44-38 on a last-second touchdown pass from Case Keenum to Tryon Carrier.
The 4-3 Cougars had to outscore SMU 21-3 in the second half to get the win. And they had to score 14 points in the last three minutes. This coming after the Coogs had to go on another second half rally to defeat UAB.
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******************* Speaking of last-minute rallies, Rice had to hold off a furious one from Southern Mississippi to win 45-40. Southern Mississippi twice trailed by 19 points in the second half, yet the Owls didn’t put the game away until James Casey recovered an on-side kick with 19 seconds to give the Owls the ball.
Rice, at 4-3 on the season, was led once again by QB Chase Clement who was 30 for 43 for 444 yards and five TDs. Jarrett Dillard was his leading receiver, catching 7 passes for 141 yards and three TD. Casey also caught seven passes for 113 yards and a TD.
******************* TCU didn’t need a furious rally as they scored on their first three possessions on the way to defeating BYU 32-7, probably ruining BYU’s BCS chances in the process. This gave TCU a slight sense of revenge as it was BYU who destroyed TCU’s BCS bowl chances two seasons ago.
Speaking of the BCS, the top ten schools are Texas, Alabama, Penn State, Oklahoma, USC, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Texas Tech, Ohio State, and Florida. People might talk about the SEC being the best conference in football, but four of the ten teams are from the Big 12, including two in the top five. -- John Royal