- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
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Texas A&M takes a four-score lead into the locker room at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La., holding a 39-16 lead over Louisiana Tech at the midway point:
Stat of the half: The Aggies have rolled up a whopping 428 offensive yards in the first half. Louisiana Tech's defense has showed little resistance to the Aggies' first-half attack, with the exception of forcing Texas A&M to kick a few field goals. The offense has moved the ball seemingly at will, and the 39 points is a reflection of that.
Player of the half: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. He's 15-of-22 for 271 yards passing with two touchdowns and no interceptions and has 78 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Clearly, he's bouncing back fine after his three-turnover day at Mississippi.
What’s working for the Aggies: On offense, just about everything. Running game is great (157 yards), and Christine Michael even got in on the mix, starting the scoring with a 40-yard touchdown run. Manziel has made some big throws, and Mike Evans was a recipient of one of those, catching a 75-yard touchdown pass. On defense, the Aggies were strong in the first quarter and struggled some in the second, allowing all 16 points.
What’s not working for the Aggies: The tackling could be a little better for the Aggies on defense. Also, they didn't generate a ton of pressure on quarterback Colby Cameron as the Bulldogs began to move the football.
What Texas A&M needs to do to win: Keep scoring points and taking care of the football. Louisiana Tech's offense likely willcome out with some energy after scoring points at the end of the half, but the Aggies have a nice cushion to work with.