November 13, 2006

Second half adjustments key for Aggie defense

The Texas A&M defense was true to form for yet another week, giving up early yards and points in the first half only to shut down the opponent in the second half and allowing the A&M offense to get back in the game.

When this pattern emerged in late September, the staff was praised for making effective halftime adjustments and showing an overall improvement on the defensive side of the ball. However, when the defensive unit continues to start off the game allowing multiple touchdowns and spotting the opponent two score leads in each of the past two games at home, you have to wonder why the unit can't put together four quarters of effective play.

Nebraska scored touchdowns on three consecutive drives in the first and second quarter to build a 21-7 lead. They would not threaten to score for the next seven drives, and did not add to their point total until the final 21 seconds, which won the game. In fact, Nebraska managed only 65 yards of offense in the second half until that final drive of 75 yards.

But it was that final drive that broke A&M's back, and reminded A&M fans that the defense, while improved, still has work to do, especially in the secondary that allowed five completions for 67 yards and the final completion for the winning touchdown.

However, in defense of the unit, they did appear to seal the game with 2:50 left when linebacker Mark Dodge intercepted Zac Taylor.

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