“We look fast. You can see it,” Snyder said during a Monday news conference. “There’s a complete difference in their legs. They’ve got them back. And we’ll need that trying to stop Oklahoma.”
A&M was forced to play 12 consecutive games without a bye after its season opener against Louisiana Tech was postponed until Oct. 13 because of Hurricane Isaac. Linebacker Sean Porter said the scheduling tweak “was horrible for us” because players wore down physically during the latter stages of the regular season.
“We were all getting smaller and weaker,” Porter said. “Everybody’s moving a lot faster now. It hadn’t been like that for a while because we were so exhausted. ”
The physical change could be key in Friday’s AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic at Cowboys Stadium, when No. 9 A&M (10-2) meets No. 11 Oklahoma (10-2). The Sooners average 40.3 points and 505.9 yards per game, a pace unmatched by any of A&M’s regular-season opponents other than Louisiana Tech, which led the nation in scoring (51.5) and total offense (577.9).
Louisiana Tech gained 615 yards in a 59-57 loss to A&M, the highest yardage total allowed this season by the Aggies’ defense.
_ Jimmy Burch