Texas A&M 52

(4-3, 1-2 away)

(21) Texas Tech 30

(5-3, 4-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, October 24, 2009

Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, TX

1 2 3 4 T
TA&M 7 21 10 1452
#21TTU 14 0 8 830

Top Performers

Passing: T. Potts (TTU) - 310 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: C. Gray (TA&M) - 25 CAR, 131 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: A. Torres (TTU) - 8 REC, 128 YDS, 1 TD

Gray's 4 TDs help Texas A&M snap three-game skid

Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas -- A week after a humiliating loss, Texas A&M responded with its first victory against a ranked team under coach Mike Sherman.

Cyrus Gray scored four touchdowns to lead Texas A&M past Texas Tech (No. 21 AP) 52-30, snapping a three-game losing streak for the Aggies.

Texas A&M (4-3, 1-2 Big 12) hadn't won in Lubbock since 1993 and was coming off an awful performance against Kansas State. A&M lost 62-14 last week.

Sherman, in his second season with A&M, told his players this game would show how they responded to tough times.

Then Tech score in six plays on its first possession, and the Aggies lost a fumble on their first play.

Here we go again, A&M fans must have thought. Instead, the Aggies held the Raiders after the fumble and put together a nine-play drive that ended in a touchdown.

"We were at a crossroads," Sherman said. "That was a turning point in the game."

The Aggies had 334 total yards in the first half against the Red Raiders a week after they had 301 against K-State.

"I told the guys during this week that this game was more about them as a man than it was about them as a football club and how they needed to respond to play this ball game," Sherman said.

"I'm proud of them as a man and as a football club tonight."

Jerrod Johnson completed 19 of 28 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown, and added 71 yards and another score on 10 carries.

Gray, who finished with 131 yards on 25 carries, rushed for three touchdowns and caught a 12-yard pass for another.

The 52 points by the Aggies was the most they've ever scored against the Red Raiders and the win was A&M's first over a ranked Texas Tech team.

"He brought this team from utter despair Monday to a point where they could play hard and win the game," Aggies defensive coordinator Joe Kines said of Sherman.

The Red Raiders (5-3, 2-2) went to Seth Doege at quarterback after Taylor Potts fumbled in the third quarter.

When Gray didn't have the ball teammate Christine Michael chewed up his share of yards. Michael gained 121 yards and two touchdowns -- including a 44-yarder on the Aggies first possession of the second half -- on 22 carries.

"It was a big win for us," Michael said. "We played as a team, defense and offense, special teams, we all had a great night."

Johnson came into Saturday night's game leading the Big 12 with 16 TD passes and was second in the league with 315.5 yards passing per game.

The Red Raiders' offense appeared flat in Potts' first start since sustaining a concussion Oct. 3 against New Mexico. He was 25 of 36 for 310 yards and two touchdowns before he was pulled from the game midway through the third quarter.

Potts was responsible for three turnovers, two of which led to Aggies scores.

Texas Tech moved into the rankings for the first time this season after winning 31-10 at then-No. 15 Nebraska last week. Steven Sheffield, the backup who made his second career start in that game, was in street clothes and using crutches on the sidelines Saturday night.

Fans chanted "no more Potts" shortly after Terrence Fredericks' interception in the end zone just before halftime.

Leach said his players let their guard down.

"If you have a ridiculously weak opponent, you might play bad and overpower them, but you can't do that against a tradition and a program like Texas A&M," Leach said. "If it was easy anybody could do it. If it was easy, I'd be coaching the Swedish bikini team and I'd have them coming out here to do all this."

Potts committed his third turnover when he fumbled on Texas Tech's second possession of the third quarter. Linebacker Von Miller hit Potts from behind and the ball was recovered by Tony Jerrod-Eddie on the Red Raiders 33.

"I don't think Potts ever got in a rhythm," Leach said. "I don't know if he tried to make too much happen. ....just looked, you know, slow and statue-like."


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs3427
Total Yards559520
3rd Down Conversions8-134-13
4th Down Conversions1-14-6

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Scoring Summary

TD12:52Alexander Torres 56 Yd Pass From Taylor Potts (Matt Williams Kick) 07
TD08:19Cyrus Gray 12 Yd Pass From Jerrod Johnson (Randy Bullock Kick) 77
TD00:30Edward Britton 26 Yd Pass From Taylor Potts (Matt Williams Kick) 714
TD13:41Cyrus Gray 3 Yd Run (Randy Bullock Kick) 1414
TD06:50Christine Michael 1 Yd Run (Randy Bullock Kick) 2114
TD01:22Cyrus Gray 1 Yd Run (Randy Bullock Kick) 2814
TD12:56Christine Michael 44 Yd Run (Randy Bullock Kick) 3514
FG06:19Randy Bullock 22 Yd 3814
TD01:59Eric Stephens 7 Yd Run (Seth Doege Pass To Edward Britton For Two-Point Conversion) 3822
TD08:38Jerrod Johnson 21 Yd Run (Randy Bullock Kick) 4522
TD05:13Baron Batch 1 Yd Run (Seth Doege Pass To Detron Lewis For Two-Point Conversion) 4530
TD01:08Cyrus Gray 7 Yd Run (Randy Bullock Kick) 5230