October 15, 2006

Notebook: Lane outweighs Mizzou run defense

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas Missouri's run defense, ranked 10th in the nation, pulled a lot of weight.

But not as much as Texas A&M 278-pound sophomore running back Jorvorskie Lane, who rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown to help the Aggies (6-1) upset the No. 19 Tigers Saturday at Kyle Field.

Missouri (6-1) was allowing just 72.7 yards per game and just 2.7 yards per attempt, but Lane said that did not intimidate him.

"We knew that," Lane said. "Man, stats, they don't mean anything in college football. No. 10 or whatever they were, they're not No. 10 anymore."

Lane, whose previous best outing this season was 101 yards in a 28-24 victory over Army, gained 83 yards in the second half and averaged 7 yards per carry in the fourth quarter when the Tigers defense seemed to be tiring.

"I'm going to continue to do what I can do," he said. "If they're tired or fresh I'm still going to run over whoever."

Lane actually went to coach Dennis Franchione on the sideline in the fourth quarter and asked for him to give him the ball.

"I love a player like that," Franchione said. "He backed it up. Gosh, he made some runs today."

The fake a mistake?

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel opened himself up to second-guessing by electing to try a fake field goal early in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers trailed 25-19 and had just taken a delay of game penalty which put the ball at the Texas A&M 9.

Rather than let Jeff Wolfert attempt a 27-yard field goal, which would have brought the Tigers within three points, Pinkel called for holder Brad Ekwerekwu, a receiver, to pick the ball up and run. He was stopped at the A&M 6.

"We thought we were in a good position to go for it and it didn't work," Pinkel said. "We felt real good about it and we worked on it in practice. It's a great decision if it works. We thought we could get it."

One of the reasons the Tigers didn't get it was that A&M anticipated the fake.

"Me and Devin (Gregg) called the fake. The (Missouri) right wing's eyes got so big because he knew we knew it was a fake," safety Melvin Bullitt said. "The whole play was messed up from the start. Everybody knew it was a fake and you could see it in their eyes."

A crazy day

There were numerous crazy plays including a receiver-to-receiver pass that Texas A&M's Chad Schroeder threw to Kerry Franks for a 40-yard gain and a Missouri overhand lateral to Tommy Saunders who threw a shovel pass to tight end Chase Coffman for an 11-yard gain.

But one of the strangest was Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee's 12-yard completion to himself.

McGee had a pass deflected back to him and he made the catch and picked up a first down. It was one of eight completions he had in a 13-play, 80-yard drive for the eventual game-winning touchdown.

Playing catch-up

Missouri trailed for the first time this season when Texas A&M's Layne Neumann kicked a 23-yard field goal in the first quarter.

But they trailed three times in the first half on Saturday.

Coming into the game the Tigers had outscored opponents by a 72-3 margin in the first quarter and had scored on five of six opening drives.

However, a fumble into the end zone on the game's third play negated a 65-yard touchdown pass and led to Neumann's field goal for a 3-0 lead.

The Aggies later led 10-7 after a 1-yard touchdown run by Lane and 17-14 after Chris Alexander caught a 6-yard touchdown pass.

Missouri forged a 17-17 tie on Jeff Wolfert's field goal with 42 seconds remaining in the half.

The Tigers fell behind for the fourth time when Michael Goodson scored on a 2-yard run for a 25-19 A&M lead in the third quarter.

Big punts

Missouri punter Adam Crossett unleashed a 79-yard punt in the third quarter that was only marginally helped by a roll.

The punt traveled about 65 yards in the air. He kicked from his own 17-yard line and the ball rolled dead at the A&M 4.

Texas A&M punter Justin Brantly had a 58-yarder, but it was upstaged by Crossett's booming effort.

Crossett averaged 55.7 yards on three kicks.


Texas A&M fullback Chris Alexander caught a 6-yard touchdown on a play-action pass in the second quarter. It was the third time he's scored on that play this season. A&M had a 15-play, 74-yard drive that took 8 minutes and 40 seconds off the clock in the first quarter and led to a field goal. It was the longest drive of the season in terms of plays and time of possession for the Aggies. The victory over No. 19 Missouri was the first for A&M coach Dennis Franchione over a ranked team at Kyle Field . A&M converted 9 of 15 third downs (60 percent) while Missouri converted 1 of 8.


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