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Aggies' midseason slide is finally over

I guess all Texas A&M needed to fix its issues was a rabid atmosphere on the road.

Its smallest halftime lead in three weeks (11 points) was too much for Texas Tech, and the Aggies stopped their two-game losing streak with a 45-40 win.

They did it by doing what the Aggies do best: Running the football and playing tough defense when needed.

The biggest highlight? Texas A&M blocked a 50-yard field goal and Terrence Frederick returned it 63 yards for a touchdown.

The offense, led by Cyrus Gray's 115 yards, rolled up 221 yards on the ground and quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 16 of 26 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown. He added a 19-yard touchdown run to go with his 55 rushing yards.

Texas Tech's 4-0 start was legitimate, but the Red Raiders still won't sniff the top 25 after the loss. Texas A&M is definitely better than its own No. 24 ranking, but the past two second-half collapses have forced voters to slide the Aggies down their ballots.

The worst news of the night was an ugly injury to Texas Tech's leading rusher Eric Stephens. His knee looked to be badly torqued, and he was carted off the field. There's no word yet on his status, but it didn't look good.