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Kicking woes continue for Tech

09:46 PM CDT on Saturday, October 18, 2008

By KATE HAIROPOULOS / The Dallas Morning News

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Maybe Texas Tech should make a habit of going for two after touchdowns.

Coach Mike Leach, probably joking, said it himself after the Red Raiders had two extra point attempts blocked Saturday at Texas A&M.

Tech's kicking troubles continued despite Leach benching kicker Donnie Carona this week and going with walk-on Cory Fowler.


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The first block came in the second quarter. A&M's Tony Jerod-Eddie blocked the second in the fourth quarter, and senior Arkeith Brown returned it for two points – for the first time in A&M history.

Fowler did kick his first career field goal, of 25 yards, in the third quarter.

"We've got to kick it better," Leach said. "Yeah, it's a problem."

Tough Tannehill: A&M redshirt freshman receiver Ryan Tannehill has already been promoted to captain. He acted like it Saturday against his favorite childhood team.

Tannehill, who had 104 yards – becoming the first Aggie freshman to have consecutive 100-yard receiving games – had a 44-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter that fired up the Aggies.

He dodged at least three tacklers and then threw a stiff-arm to extend the play.

When QB Jerrod Johnson injured his right knee briefly in the first quarter, Tannehill took one snap before senior Stephen McGee came in. McGee hasn't played much because of shoulder injuries, but he found Tannehill for a 3-yard scoring pass on his only attempt.

Upon review: Tech scored its final touchdown with 20 seconds left but had a 3-yard run by Shannon Woods reviewed on the play before. He was just short of the end zone.

Sticking it to a rival? Leach said he thought Woods had played hard and didn't want to short him a touchdown.

Leach hoped that Woods would take it in on the next play, but it wasn't there for him. Instead, quarterback Graham Harrell ran it in.

"I got my football team, they got theirs," A&M coach Mike Sherman said. "They do things their way, we do things our way."

Briefly: A&M defensive end Michael Bennett had an interception in his first game back from a one-game suspension for violation of team rules. ... Harrell had two interceptions Saturday after entering the game with three for the season. ... A&M tailback Mike Goodson suffered a sprained knee.

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