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Raiders upend Aggies - Texas Tech 12, No. 24 Texas A&M 0

November 4, 2001

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— Texas Tech's defense held Texas A&M scoreless, and that was enough to impress Aggies coach R.C. Slocum.

"They did a good job and played great defense," Slocum said. "Give them credit. They did what they needed to win the game. They didn't trick us. They just played great."

Texas Tech fans storm the field to tear down a goal post. The Red
Raiders stunned No. 24 Texas A&M, 12-0, on Saturday at Lubbock,
Texas.

Texas Tech fans storm the field to tear down a goal post. The Red Raiders stunned No. 24 Texas A&M, 12-0, on Saturday at Lubbock, Texas.

Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury, who passed for 303 yards in a 12-0 win on Saturday, called the defense amazing.

"It was the best defense since I've been playing here at Tech," he said. "The defense played efficiently and did not give up on any big plays."

Tech coach Mike Leach said it was the best defensive effort he'd ever seen.

After the game, Red Raiders fans tore down the goal post on the south end of the field and marched it the length of the field. They taunted Aggies fans by placing it into the stands.

One Aggies fan, Dr. Mike McKinney, chief of staff for Gov. Rick Perry, suffered a cut above his right eye when a Tech fan punched him as McKinney tried to keep the fan from climbing into the Aggies section. McKinney was treated at the stadium.

Texas Tech (5-3, 3-3 Big 12) shut out the Aggies (7-2, 4-2) for the first time since a 3-0 victory in 1983. The shutout was the Aggies' first since a 24-0 loss to Penn State in the 1999 Alamo Bowl.

Kingsbury was 38-for-46, but was sacked seven times. Texas A&M quarterback Mark Farris was 22-of-31 for 206 yards and an interception as the Aggies rolled up 372 total yards.

A pivotal play in the game came in the fourth quarter while the Aggies were driving. On fourth-and-3 from their own 27, a pass from Farris to Terrence Murphy was enough for the first down. But Murphy fumbled. Tech's Kevin Curtis came up with the ball to end the 11-play drive.

The lone touchdown came with 2 minutes remaining when Ricky Williams took a pitchout from Kingsbury and ran it in from the 6.

Williams said Leach kept telling the team to hang tough.

"He said that we would eventually score a touchdown, and we did just that."

In the first half, Tech held the Aggies to 94 rushing yards and 80 passing yards. As the second quarter ended, Ryan Aycock snuffed out the first serious Aggies scoring threat. On first-and-goal from the Red Raiders 7, Aycock intercepted Farris' pass in the end zone to stop an 11-play drive.

The Red Raiders offensive line had trouble containing a frequent blitz by A&M's defense, and Kingsbury was sacked four times before the half. Williams was held to just 19 yards on 10 carries.

Penalties hurt the Red Raiders in the first half. During each of two possessions, Tech drives were stymied by two penalties. They ended with seven penalties for 55 yards.

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