The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, October 30, 1978, Image 10

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The Wilson-era at Texas A&M was
ushered in with a bang as the Texas
Aggies defeated the Rice Owls 38-21
Saturday in Kyle Field.
On Tom Wilson’s first offensive
call as the Aggies’ new head coach.
quarterback Mike Mosley sent
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flanker Doug Teague in motion.
Mosley took the snap from center
Preston Dickson and dropped
straight back. He threw the ball deep
to split end Gerald Carter on the left
sideline. Carter caught the perfect
pass and raced untouched across the
goal line, 52 yards away from the line
of scrimmage.
That touchdown, the first scored
by Texas A&M in nine quarters,
created reason for celebration among
the Aggie fans in the crowd of
51,461. It inspired a frenzy of back
slaps and hugs in the end zone and on
the Aggie sideline. But the happiest
person in the stadium at that mo
ment was the 34-year-old head foot
ball coach of the Texas Aggies.
“That play is something I’ve been
thinking about for five years,” said
Wilson, who signed a contract Fri
day designating him as Texas A&M’s
head football coach through the 1981
season. “I knew that if I ever got a
head coaching job that’s the play I
wanted to use and see what hap
Needless to say, the new coach
was pleased with the product of his
five years of planning.
“It was just beautiful, ” Wilson said
with a smile. “It was like a fairy tale
dream that it worked. That
touchdown set the stage for the
whole day.
“I knew that I was going to call the
play. I told Mike if his man was cov
ered to just overthrow him or throw
out of bounds. I told Gerald to get
(called for) pass interference if he had
to, just don’t let it be intercepted.”
Wilson said that the early
touchdown gave the Aggies a needed
emotional lift after a tough week in
which Coach Emory Bellard sud
denly resigned as Texas A&M’s ath
letic director head football coach
“The touchdown was what the
team needed to get going,” Wilson
said. “It couldn’t have happened at a
better time.”
Mosley agreed with his new head
“That play was real important for
our team,” the sophomore quarter
back said. “That was the first time
I’ve ever thrown a touchdown on the
opening play. I knew Gerald would
catch it. I just threw it and headed for
the end zone.”
to run more. But I can’t complain.
The I worked great for us today.
“It takes three running backs in
the wishbone. We didn’t have many
running backs to start with (with
Curtis Dickey and Temple Aday in
jured). We just stuck with what was
working. ”
The I worked especially well for
tailback David Brothers. The 212-
pound junior who has also seen ac
tion at fullback this season ran for 164
yards on 25 carries and one
“That’s the best I’ve every seen
David run,” Mosley commented.
“He was running hard and had great
second effort.”
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Mosley completed 5-of-8 passes
for 120 yards and the touchdown
against the Owls. The Aggie offense
ran strictly from the I-formation
against Rice, a fact reflected by
Mosley’s rushing statistics. He came
in to the game averaging 41 yards per
game on the ground. Running from
the I, combined with the fact that he
split more time second team quar
terback David Beal, Mosley gained
only 22 yards rushing against Rice.
“I personally like the wishbone
better,” Mosley said, “because I get
Wilson also praised fullback
Raymond Belcher who carried the
ball 15 times for 82 yards and two
touchdowns and tight end Russell
Mikeska who caught five passes for
75 yards. He said he was also pleased
with the few changes he has made in
the Aggie offense.
“A lot of times when you put in a
motion offense (as the Aggies did
with Teague),” Wilson said, “you
worry about off sides or movement.
But we had no trouble with it today.
I’ve got some more ideas that we will
put in as fast as we can put them in.
We are still prepared to run the
wishbone in short yardage or goal
line situations where we need some
form of three back-offense.
“Our offense played well on most
occasions. A couple of drives were
stopped by fumbles and we made
some silly mistakes on penalties. Our
defense played well in most situa
tions. We were not prepared for
their shotgun and their motion but
we adjusted to it. I was a little disap
pointed in giving up some of the
touchdowns in Rice’s comeback. ”
The Texas A&M defense shut out
the Owls in the first half, but in the
second half Rice had three
touchdown passes.
“We didn’t go over the shotgun in
practice,” said defensive end Jacob
Green, who led the Aggies with 12
tackles. “We knew they might drop
back on us like that though. We just
had three or four breakdowns that
cost us touchdowns. But a team that
throws as much as Rice is going to be
able to complete some of their
passes. ”
SMU is a team that throws as
much as Rice, if not more. Green
said it will take a total defensive ef
fort to stop the Mustangs next week
in Dallas.
“We are just going to have to shut
their running game off and make
them throw,” Green said. “Hope
fully we can have a good pass rush
and hopefully the secondary can
cover their receivers real well. ”
What does the future hold for Tom
Wilson and the Texas Aggies?
“We re going to play each game
the best we can, ” said Wilson whose
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New Texas A&M head football coach Tom Wilson encourages|
his team in pre-game warm-ups Saturday.
Aggies are now 2-2 in SWC play and
5-2 overall. “The players-'feel that
they’re capable of getting in a bowl
“My philosophy is as long as I’m
here we re going to do the best we
can and if that’s good enough, well
great and if it’s not, well were sorry.
I realize it’s a pressure game but it’s
still that—a game. We’re going to go
out and have fun and make it worth
Rice 0 0 7 14—21
Texas A*tM ill 7 3 7—38
A&M—Carter 52 pass from Mosley
(Franklin kick)
A&M —Belcher 1 run (Franklin kick!
A&M —Belcher 1 run (Franklin lack!
A&M —Brothers 3 run (Franklinkick 1
A&M —Franklin 43 field goal
Rice—Houser 7 pass from Hertel(HansB
Rice—Houser 33 pass from Hertel
(Hansen kick)
A&M—Armstrong 1 run (Franklin kid
Rice—Cooper 15 pass from Hertel
(Hansen kick)
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