October 22, 2007

Conference Call: Fran talks Nebraska, KU

Texas A&M traveled to Lincoln for a game that many termed the "Buyout Bowl" or the "World's Greatest Pillow Fight" with off-field controversies surrounding both the Aggies and Nebraska. The on-field distraction, however, stayed in Lincoln as the Aggies rolled to a 36-14 win for their first win in Lincoln since Bear Bryant won 27-0 in Lincoln in 1955.

A&M was able to propel itself to the win behind its nationally fifth-ranked rushing offense that had a season-high 359 yards on the ground. Junior running back Jorvorskie Lane had 130 yards on 15 carries and equaled his career-high of four touchdowns in a game.

"I think anytime you go on the road if you know you can run the football you feel like you have a chance to control the game somewhat," said A&M head coach Dennis Franchione during Monday's Big 12 coaches' teleconference. "When you talk about the road for us that's obviously a big key for our success. I think most teams would say that you have to stop the run to win first, and when you're able to continue to run the ball for us and keep us out of bad down and distance situations, that's pivotal. I think we mixed in the pass early in the game well on first and second down Saturday, and that helped keep them off balance and helped set up the run in difference ways for us."

Surprisingly enough, it was A&M junior quarterback Stephen McGee that outdid Lane in carries and yardage, but not touchdowns. McGee set a school record for carries by a quarterback with 35. The previous was 27 by David Walker in 1977. McGee also had a career-high 167 yards on the ground.

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