Run and Shoot: PSU-A&M: Halftime History Lesson and Stats

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PSU-A&M: Halftime History Lesson and Stats

SAN ANTONIO, TX -- At halftime, Penn State leads Texas A&M 17-14, and there are about 25 high school bands on the field right now, so this seems like a good time to toss out some randomness.

Despite A&M owning a 14-0 lead, the first quarter of the game was fairly even -- A&M led in total yards 96-89.

The second quarter was all Penn State, as the Nits ran 25 plays to the Ags' 13, and won the yardage battle 155-32.

For A&M, Stephen McGee is 8-12 passing for 64 yards, and Mike Goodson leads the team in rushing with 23 yards on 6 carries. A&M, which averages 216 rushing yards per game, has only 64 total.

Rodney Kinlaw has led the Lions with 90 yards on 13 carries, while Anthony Morelli is 10-21 for 100 yards.

Hopefully any Penn State fans who ventured down to Texas were able to enjoy San Antonio's two greatest assets -- outstanding Tex-Mex food, and the ultimate Texas icon, the Alamo.

The Alamo is literally within a couple of minute's walk of the Dome. They say everything's bigger in Texas, but when people make their first trip to the Alamo, they're usually surprised at how small it is.


Dissecting the story of the Alamo is kind of like making a scientific study of the Bible -- you're going to find things that can't be the literal truth (Methusaleh lived 969 years?), and you're also going to anger the true believers with that stuff.

But like the Bible, it's the message of the Battle of Alamo that is important. It's a fact that the men at the Alamo knew the humongous Mexican Army was coming, so they had a choice -- get the heck out of town, or stay and fight to a certain death.

Men like William Travis, Davy Crockett, and Jim Bowie chose to stay and fight. They knew that they would die, but they chose to fight for Texas independence.

That's why the Alamo is so special in Texas history, and that's why every true Texan will get at least a little choked up reading the inscriptions on the statue out front.

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