September 8, 2009

A&M shows swagger on defense

Back in the late 1980s and 90s, Texas A&M became known for a Wrecking Crew defense that dominated opponents. The Aggies routinely kept opposing offenses under 100 yards rushing and 20 points a game. Scoring was even more of a chore on Kyle Field where the Aggies were almost unbeatable.

Saturday in A&M's 41-6 win over New Mexico, the Aggies held the Lobos to just 23 yards on the ground and kept them out of the end zone all evening. The Aggies also limited New Mexico to 4-14 on third down conversions. It was the first time since the turn of the century that a defense in an Aggie uniform resembled anything of a Wrecking Crew style.

But just because the stats look similar to the defenses of Aggie old, the Wrecking Crew is still far from back at Kyle Field. With a number of freshmen dotting the landscape, including two true freshmen in the starting lineup, A&M is still going to have a tremendously tough time on defense when it gets into Big 12 conference play.

But something did come back to Kyle Field on defense, and it's the foundation of what one day could be the appearance of the Wrecking Crew once again sometime in the future in Aggieland.

From the first snap Saturday, the A&M defense hit the field with an attitude and a swagger that hasn't been seen in quite some time at Kyle Field - at least not from an Aggie team.

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