La. Tech brings perfect record into game with A&M

Associated Press Modified: October 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm •  Published: October 12, 2012
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Louisiana Tech's top task will be trying to contain Manziel. The dual-threat quarterback is averaging 356 yards of total offense.

"It is difficult to let a quarterback just stand back there all day," Dykes said. "They have good receivers and we have to pick our poison and mix it up a little bit and show them different looks and try to get him confused and maybe a little bit uncomfortable."

He's coming off a rough outing against Mississippi where he had three of A&M's season-high six turnovers. But the Aggies like the way he shook off his struggles.

"We had six, so it was an overall problem," Texas A&M offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury said. "We have to be more careful with the football and take care of it."

Manziel will face a defense which is allowing 531 yards a game — second most in the country. But the Bulldogs have remained undefeated thanks to a prolific offense that takes care of the ball and a defense that forces turnovers. Louisiana Tech has lost the ball just four times this season and has 15 takeaways for the second-best turnover margin in the country behind top-ranked Alabama.

Louisiana Tech is third in scoring at more than 53 points per game, and the Aggies know better than to underestimate a team with designs on being this year's BCS-buster.

"They're very explosive," Texas A&M linebacker Jonathan Stewart said. "We're going to have to come out ready to play. You can't just look at this team and say: 'Oh, it's Louisiana Tech,' and expect it to be a cakewalk. We're going to have to fight all four quarters and have to be very prepared to win this game."