Volume 4, Issue 3 University of Houston
A&M crushes TCU in Galleryfurniture.com Bowl
By Christian Schmidt
Texas A&M left little doubt who the best team on the field was when it destroyed an overmatched Texas Christian team in the Galleryfurniture.com bowl Friday. The Aggies gave up just a single touchdown in their 28-9 victory.
A&M head coach R.C. Slocum likely saved his job with the convincing win over TCU. Many fans were calling for his dismissal after the team finished the regular season with three consecutive losses.
Byron Jones returns one of his record three interceptions during the game.
"I am aware of the talk out there," Slocum said. "There are some that say I cannot win the big game, so it was great to come in here and get a win."
The game featured two inept offenses so it came as no surprise that A&M's "Wrecking Crew" defense was the deciding factor. It didn't give up a single point, with all of TCU's scoring coming on a fumble return and a safety. The Aggies had four interceptions and sacked TCU quarterback Casey Printers six times.
In the first start of his short career, freshman backup cornerback Byron Jones intercepted three passes and returned them for 77 yards. Jones was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Jones started because of an injury to starter Sean Weston.
A&M fullback Joe Weber was named the Offensive Player of the game. Weber recorded 59 yards on nine carries with two touchdowns.
TCU could only muster 118 yards of total offense -- 26 yards rushing -- against a stifling Aggie defense.
The highlight of the game for TCU was safety Charlie Owens 89-yard fumble return to score the only touchdown of the game for the Horned Frogs.
The only other TCU players to have good games were return man LaTarence Dunbar and punter Joey Biasatti. Biasatti averaged 49.8 yards per punt on six punts while Dunbar returned three kicks for 89 yards.
Texas A&M finished the year with an 8-4 record, while TCU falls
to 6-6 on the season.
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