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Texas A&M showed some rust at times during its season-opening victory. Coach Dennis Franchione hopes his Aggies won't have the same problems Saturday, as a Fresno State team that's coming off an impressive opening effort visits College Station.

 

The No. 23 Aggies knocked off Montana State 38-7 last weekend, getting 112 yards passing and 121 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Stephen McGee. The final score wasn't indicative of some of the issues Texas A&M had, however, as it was outgained 403-390 by the Bobcats.

Montana State missed three field goals and lost a fumble in Aggies territory.

"Heaven knows we've got plenty to work on," Franchione said. "But we did a lot of good things tonight. I don't feel bad."

McGee's play was one of the positives, as he led his team to 38 straight points after Texas A&M fell behind in the first quarter. McGee scored on a career-long 65-yard run in the first quarter, but was somewhat shaky throwing the ball in the first half.

"We had some typical communication mistakes and some stupid penalties that kind of set us back," said McGee, who finished 10-of-20. "We were moving the ball good and then we shot ourselves in the foot."

Texas A&M also got a strong game out of Mike Goodson, who had 10 carries for 65 yards and caught two passes for 29 yards, but the Aggies may need to tighten things up quickly with Fresno State coming to town.

The Bulldogs rushed for 266 yards, got a strong performance from junior quarterback Tom Brandstater and held Sacramento State to 102 yards in a 24-7 victory last Saturday night.

The balanced ground attack featured five players who ran for more than 38 yards, led by Ryan Mathews' 77 on 11 carries, and Brandstater was 16-of-27 for 199 yards and threw a 27-yard touchdown to tight end Bear Pascoe.

Even more impressive was a Fresno State defense that limited the Hornets to 10 first downs and a 3-for-14 effort on third-down chances. The Bulldogs also recovered three Sacramento State fumbles.

"Except for the first drive of the second half, our defense played pretty darn good," coach Pat Hill said. "We put our defense in a couple of bad field positions but I thought they did a great job in making sure they put the clamps down on Sacramento State's offense."

Fresno State and Texas A&M have never met. The Bulldogs have struggled against Big 12 teams, going 2-8, while the Aggies are 10-1 against non-conference foes at Kyle Field under Franchione, including eight straight wins.

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