A Lonestar Classic

A Lonestar Classic

For the 113th time, Texas A&M and the University of Texas will square off on the gridiron on Friday in Austin. The Aggie/Longhorn game is tied for the third most-played game in college football behind Minnesota-Wisconsin (115 games) and Kansas-Missouri (114).

When: Friday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. (CST)

Where: Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (85,123), Austin, Texas

Television: ABC (National); Brad Nessler, play-by-play; Bob Griese, commentary; Paul McGuire, commentary; Stacey Dales, sidelines

Series: Texas leads, 73-34-5. The Aggies and Longhorns have split the last 20 games 10-10 and the last 30 games 15-15.

Licking their wounds: Both teams are coming off of November 11th losses. The Aggies fell to Nebraska, 28-27, in College Station, while the Longhorns dropped a 45-42 decision to Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas.

Texas A&M head coach Dennis Franchione on the game: "These games have a life of their own and an identity of their own. I know that they touch your fan base very deeply. They should touch your players very deeply. I know our former players are touched very deeply by this game, and I think as a player and a coach, you have a sense that this game means more than about any game."

Texas head coach Mack Brown on Aggie QB Stephen McGee: "Stephen is a guy that we recruited and know a lot about; he's a big strong guy that runs better than 4.5. Jordan (Shipley) said he watched him timed at 4.49 sometime; so he's really, really fast and sometimes doesn't get the credit for being that fast. He has also managed the team really well, been the team leader, and has thrown the ball for them. He's been a really, really good player for them throughout the year. He's more experienced [since last year's game]; he's started every game now, and this time last year, he had only come in against Oklahoma, and he hadn't won that game and he lost against us. So as a starter now, he's won eight [games] this year and that has to give him a lot more confidence."

When it counts: Aggie sophomore running back Jorvorskie Lane has produced either a first down or a touchdown 24 times on 27 carries on third or fourth down. The "J-Train" has rushed or passed for a touchdown in 13 straight games dating back to the 2005 Oklahoma game.

Brown on Aggie offense: "They're really balanced; they're as balanced as any team in the country. They're running the option really well; they've got Mr. Inside with Jorvorskie (Lane) and Mr. Outside with (Mike) Goodson, and you've got the big powerful guy on the inside and the great speed on the outside. They've got good players. They've done a really good job with running, controlling the clock, and also using the running game with play-action to get deep."

Air and ground assault: Sophomore quarterback Stephen McGee ranks in the top three nationally in passing yards and pass efficiency among quarterbacks that average 40 or more rushing yards per game. McGee has rushed for 50 or more yards in four games, including a career-best 142 vs. Army, and passed for 200 or more yards six times, including a career-best 318 vs. Louisiana Tech.

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy on the game: "Well, A&M and Texas ¬-- that's the game that you always watched after Thanksgiving. I know that as a kid, I watched every single one of them. I came to a few of them; I was at the game when Ricky [Williams] broke the record here. It's really emotional, and I have a lot of family that are A&M fans. This game is going to be a lot of fun, it means a lot and it's the game after Thanksgiving. Everybody in the state is going to be watching it, so we're excited. I'm excited; I'm ready to be back on the field and ready to play again."

The best of the best: Texas A&M QB Stephen McGee ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and NCAA in interception percentage (interceptions/pass attempts) with just two pickoffs among 274 pass attempts.

Texas defensive tackle Frank Okam on Aggie running back Jorvorskie Lane: "It is frustrating at times when you think you have him wrapped up and he keeps running through it. Our main objective is to gang tackle him. That thunder and lightning combination from USC ran on us, so we have to do a better job of that."

Youth rising: Freshman running back Mike Goodson has led the Aggies in rushing the past three games (101.0 yards per game) while averaging 10.5 yard per carry. In the first eight games of the season, A&M had the same leading rusher in consecutive games only once.


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