By Jeff Davis
Sports writer for The Lariat
In 1985, Baylor tailback Jerod Douglas was roaming the halls of his fourth grade school. It was in that same year that Baylor posted its most recent victory over Texas A&M by winning, 20-15.
Baylor will have an opportunity to end 10 years of frustration when it faces the Aggies at 1 p.m. Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium.
After beginning the season as one of the nation's elite teams, Texas A&M has taken a fall from grace. Losses to Colorado and Texas Tech have caused the Aggies to plummet to No. 22 in the latest Associated Press poll. But Baylor head coach Chuck Reedy isn't ready to pronounce the Aggies dead just yet.
'They're still the same football team they were when this season began,' Reedy said. 'They still have the same players and have quality at every position.'
The Aggies have had their problems. Senior quarterback Corey Pullig has been inconsistent in hitting only 50 percent of his passes and throwing six interceptions.
'As Pullig goes, so goes the A&M offense,' Baylor defensive line coach Mike Bugar said. 'But what's wrong with him? I don't know what's wrong with him. He's the winningest quarterback in A&M history.'
Aggie tailback and Heisman trophy candidate Leeland McElroy has been hurt and did not play against Southern Methodist University last week. He is questionable for Saturday's contest, but did practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
Reedy said that for the Bears to be successful against A&M, the team would have to raise its level of play.
'There are two or three times each season that you have to take it up a level if you want to be champions,' he said. 'This week is one of those times.'
A Baylor offense which had struggled until blasting Houston last week for more than 500 yards of offense must be able to pass the ball effectively to present a balanced attack to a very good A&M defense.
'Watson will have to play well if we are going to score points,' Reedy said of the sophomore quarterback. 'There isn't much room for mistakes.'
Reedy said he feels the game will be a defensive battle, and it won't take a lot of scoring to win.
'We feel like if we can score about 17 points, we can win with the kind of defense we have,' he said.
Running backs coach Larry Fedora said that tailback Jerod Douglas will be 100 percent for Saturday's game. Douglas had been hindered recently by a cut on his heel.
Friday, October 20, 1995
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