(AP)Graham Harrell bounced up from a rough hit ready to lead Texas Tech to a big win. Texas A&M couldn't do the same after a rough week. Harrell threw for 425 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score Saturday in Tech's 35-7 win over the Aggies, who were trying to rally around coach Dennis Franchione after the school admonished him and said it was embarrassed over secretive, for-pay newsletters he was sending to boosters.
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The Red Raiders (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) led 14-7 and were driving late in the first half when Aggies defensive lineman Von Miller flattened Harrell a couple of seconds after the quarterback threw the ball away. Harrell called it a "cheap shot" and said he was "shocked" no flag was thrown. Referee Tom Walker 's microphone remained on after announcing the incompletion. He immediately turned to Harrell and asked, "You all right?" Two plays later, Harrell continued to talk to the refs about the lack of a flag as he approached the line of scrimmage. Tech went on to score to go up 21-7 just before halftime, and Harrell, who was 30-of-37 passing with no interceptions, finished the game.
The Aggies (5-2, 2-1) didn't finish, getting shut out after scoring on their first possession. They had chances to keep pace with Tech in the first half but kept stalling. When the drives ended, kicker Matt Szymanski struggled, missing first-half field goals of 41 and 33 yards.