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How rivalries become so bitter

October 19, 2008|Lonnie White | Times Staff Writer

Mike Sherman, Texas A&M's first-year coach, will probably remember his first game against rival Texas Tech for years to come.

That's because the undefeated and seventh-ranked Red Raiders not only handed Sherman and his host Aggies a 43-25 defeat Saturday, Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach added fuel to the rivalry by calling a timeout late in the game.

With Texas Tech leading, 36-25, Leach stopped the game with 24 seconds left and asked referees to review a run by Shannon Woods to the one-yard line.

Quarterback Graham Harrell scored a meaningless touchdown on the next play to give him five -- three passing, two running -- in the game.

"I got my football team; they got theirs," said Sherman, whose Aggies dropped to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the Big 12 Conference. "Our job is we got to stop them. They do things their way. We do things our way."

Texas Tech improved to 7-0 for the first time since 1976.

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For the record(s)

New Mexico had 565 total yards, including 419 rushing, in a 70-7 victory over San Diego State.

"I have never been ahead that far," Lobos Coach Rocky Long said. The 70 points were the most ever given up by San Diego State, and New Mexico's 49 first-half points were the most the Lobos have scored in a half since 1946, when the school began keeping statistics.

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Injury report

Alabama can only hope that nose tackle Terrence Cody's knee injury is not serious, because the Crimson Tide struggled after he left the game in the third quarter of a 24-20 victory over Mississippi.

The Rebels, who trailed 20-3 at halftime, gained most of their 255 yards after Cody, Alabama's 365-pound defensive leader, was injured.

Other key injuries from Saturday: Boston College linebacker Brian Toal (ankle); Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer (head/hand); Michigan quarterback Steven Threet (elbow); Tennessee wide receiver Gerald Jones (ankle).

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NFL hot list

Rutgers wide receiver Kenny Britt: At 6 feet 4, 215 pounds and with 4.4 speed for 40 yards, Britt's size and speed make him popular with NFL scouts. He had nine catches for 107 yards in Rutgers' win over Connecticut.

Oregon State offensive tackle Andy Levitre: Behind Levitre's dominant blocking, the Beavers won at Washington with Jacquizz and James Rodgers combining to run for 204 yards and three touchdowns in 23 carries.

Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry: The Deacons may have suffered a bad defeat at Maryland, but Curry had 11 tackles, including seven solo, one for a two-yard loss.

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NFL cold list

Connecticut cornerback Darius Butler: The Huskies lost to Rutgers as Butler, who has first-round talent, had a difficult time defending Britt and Tiquan Underwood, who combined for 13 catches for 149 yards.

Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon: Texas did whatever it wanted to do on offense, and Weatherspoon was not much of a factor.

Records and streaks

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford set a school record with 468 yards passing in the Sooners' 45-31 win over Kansas. Bradford completed 36 of a career-high 53 attempts to break Josh Heupel's mark of 429 yards, set in 1999. . . . Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe set school records with 12 receptions for 269 yards.

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy threw for four touchdowns in the Longhorns' 56-31 victory over Missouri, giving him a school-record 82 in his career, one more than Vince Young. . . . Oregon State defeated Washington, 34-13, the eighth loss in a row for the Huskies dating to last season. That matches North Texas for the longest current losing streak in the nation.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

lonnie.white@latimes.com

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