In Limbo...How Low Can You Go Coach Sherman?

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In Limbo...How Low Can You Go Coach Sherman?
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The game was over on the 2nd offensive play for the Aggies.

After tight end Jamie McCoy coughed up the ball in Wildcat territory, it took Kansas State four plays to commence the steam rolling. 

The Aggies managed to squeeze out 24 yards in the first quarter along with one turnover. 

The youthful Aggies would manage to turn the ball over four more times. Jerrod Johnson ended his Big XII record of 242 pass attempts without an interception by tossing three of them and to add to that, he was sacked six times. 

By halftime it was 38-0, and all the Aggies could manage was 70 first half yards and minus 13 rushing yards. The Wildcats then came out in the 3rd quarter and decided that 38-0 wasn’t enough. Kansas State scored 21 more points in the first five and half minutes of the 3rd quarter. At this point the Aggies were down 59-0. 

The Aggies would manage to only score two touchdowns to true freshman WR Uzoma Nwachukwu, who has been the bright spot in the Aggies offense since the loss of heralded sophomore Jeff Fuller. But it would all be to little, to late. 

What is most surprising about all of this is that the Aggies had almost pulled off an upset in the previous week against 16th ranked Oklahoma State. So to go on the road and face a Kansas State team that was torched by Texas Tech the previous week for 700 yards and 66 points would have seemed like a little bump in the road.

After this embarrassing performance Aggie fans have to ask—Will they win anymore of their games? My inclination is NO (3-9). I would love to be proved wrong, but I just don’t see the Aggies righting the ship after this wreck. Luckily the Aggies do get 4-3 Iowa State, and 3-3 Baylor at Kyle Field. But that still doesn’t guarantee a win at home. Kyle Field is no longer a dreaded destination for opponents.

In 2008 the Aggies went a measly 2-5 at home, and have gone 28-16 since the departure of R.C. Slocum. From 1990–2002, the Aggies were 67-11-1 at Kyle Field, under Jackie Sherrill and R.C. Slocum.

Home is not home anymore for A&M.

As if things couldn’t go from bad to worse, the Aggies still have to face the upper echelon of the Big XII South in Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Texas. By the way, did I mention that the Aggies are a combined 3-15 against the aforementioned opponents since 2003. 

The Aggies are young, but as the season progresses, when does this excuse become a cop out? Personally, a 62-14 loss to a mediocre Kansas State team is unacceptable. Is Coach Sherman going to be another three year hit-it and quit-it coach?

Only time will tell, but grumbles of former students and Aggie fans are growing and one has to wonder if they have another performance like yesterday, will this be Sherman’s last year?

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