All Aggies would compile nearly 1100 yards of total offense, 68 points and 25 penalties for 213 yards. Mix that all together and what do you get; one ugly win for the Aggies...the Texas A&M Aggies that is. Even though they tried almost everything in their power to give this game away in the last few minutes, they finally realized a loss to the Utah State Aggies was not really what they wanted in week two.
Even though the final was 38-30, nearly three quarters of the game, A&M's D allowed only a field goal after allowing a quick two TDs in the first. They wouldn't touch again until six minutes remaining in the forth. If Joe Kines had the bend but don't break mentality yesterday, Utah St. had the Ags D tied in a knot! But it worked out in the end. The D forced four fumbles getting two and had five sacks on the day.
On the other side, the Ags continue their offensive dominance even with Jeff Fuller out of the game with a cracked fibula. Johnson lit it up once again for 322 yards, four TDs and rushing 11 times for 78 yards! With the absence of Fuller, Uzoma Nwachukwu stepped up big scoring four TDs, three catch and one run.
In the Big 12 there is no shortage of offensive fire-power so A&Ms improvement will largely go unnoticed, at least until week four when they play Arkansas in a renewed Southwest Conference showdown. I will say this offense, two games in, is on par with the rest of the Big 12 elite.
It will take a couple of signature wins before they get the respect though. Until then, under the radar is where they need to be in my opinion. With their defense at times still adapting and bit lethargic, opposing teams will likely focus on their offensive game plan. Meanwhile they'll be surprised with a round-house kick to the face by Jerrod Johnson and crew.