COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Less than a month into the season, Texas A&M has one of the worst passing offenses in the country and the Aggies are running out of time to fix it.
After Saturday's home game against Louisiana-Monroe (0-2), A&M plays at Miami next Thursday night before plunging into a Big 12 slate packed with difficult road games.
The Aggies (2-0) beat Fresno State 47-45 in three withering overtimes last week, pounding the Bulldogs at the end with a punishing rushing attack. A&M abandoned the dysfunctional passing game late, running the ball on 28 of its final 29 plays.
Quarterback Stephen McGee snapped at a reporter who asked about the offensive strategy after the game.
"I'm so tired of hearing run game, pass game, all this bull," McGee said. "We ran the ball every freaking time and they did not stop it. Why would you do anything else different? That's what we're about -- getting the ball in the end zone."
The Aggies rushed for 318 yards but passed for only 79. After two games, A&M's rushing offense ranks ninth in the nation and the passing offense ranks 115th.
Coach Dennis Franchione knows A&M won't get away with that kind of imbalance much longer and concedes the problems run "across the board."
"I think it's protection, route running, catching, throwing, it's timing, it's coaching," he said. "We had a long discussion about that, and we've got seven or eight areas that we talked about. There's no one area that I think needs to improve."
Offensive coordinator Les Koenning admitted before the opener he was worried about the Aggies' ability to pass-protect. McGee has only been sacked twice, but the offense has also been plagued by dropped passes in the inexperienced receiving corps.
Tight end Martellus Bennett leads the team with eight receptions, but no receiver has more than three.
"We've got better at throwing it, we've got to get better at catching it, we've got better at protecting," Koenning said.
Louisiana-Monroe would seem to be the perfect opponent to cure the ills. The Warhawks rank 107th nationally in pass defense, allowing 313 yards per game. Last week, Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper went 20-for-26 and threw five touchdown passes against them.
"We've got our game plan and we're going to exploit their weaknesses," Koenning said. "They've had some matchup problems, and they've had some coverage busts."
The Aggies' defense had its share of problems last week, too. Fresno State gained 267 yards and scored 29 points in the second half after A&M jumped to a 19-0 lead.
Franchione said A&M will face a much different offensive scheme this week. While Fresno State relied on a power running game, Louisiana-Monroe plays a spread offense with two running backs and a mobile quarterback, Kinsmon Lancaster.
Last week, running back Calvin Dawson rushed for 121 yards and backup Frank Goodin ran for 102. Louisiana-Monroe gained 419 yards against Clemson and won time of possession by more than 10 minutes, stats that worry Franchione.
"They're going to move the football. They do it every week," Franchione said. "They have a veteran group and we just can't let them control the game with their offense."
A&M has its own clock-eating weapon in 6-foot, 268-pound Jorvorskie Lane, who ran for 121 yards and A&M's last two touchdowns last week. Like Fresno State, most of Louisiana-Monroe's defensive linemen weigh less than Lane and coach Charlie Weatherbie says his defense has no choice but to gang-tackle Lane.
"Hopefully, you get one more hat in there than what they've got," Weatherbie said. "We'd like to get some extra hats on the football. This is a guy you cannot take on up high. You better get on his thigh pads or below."
Franchione acknowledges the Aggies are an "ugly 2-0" and he's looking for more than a victory on Saturday.
"We want to find out more about our team," he said. "I think you get a feel as you go through these games, who's playing good and who's maybe up and down. It's a constant evaluation and there are a lot of areas that are like that for us right now."