NCAA Game Summary - Texas at Texas A&M |
(Friday, November 25th)
Final Score: (2) Texas 40, Texas A&M 29
College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Ramonce Taylor ran for 102 yards and a
pair of touchdowns, leading second-ranked Texas to a 40-29 victory over Texas
A&M at Kyle Field.
Vince Young did not have his best game in an attempt to impress Heisman Trophy
voters, but the Texas quarterback threw for 162 yards and a touchdown on 13-
of-24 passing and ran for only 19 yards on 11 carries in the victory. He also
fumbled once and was intercepted.
The Longhorns (11-0, 8-0 Big 12) completed the regular season undefeated and
will play next Saturday in the Big 12 title game against either Colorado or
Iowa State. A victory in Houston would ensure a trip to the Rose Bowl for the
national championship game.
"We didn't play as good as we've been playing," Young admitted. "A&M came in
hard and gave us all they got. They are a good team. We're just looking
forward to whoever we get to play in the Big 12 Championship."
Redshirt freshman Stephen McGee made his first start at quarterback for Texas
A&M and ran for 108 yards with two touchdowns on 24 carries. He completed only
9-of-23 passes for 83 yards with an interception in place of the injured
"We didn't always execute perfectly but you know as a team we hung in there
and fought and we had a lot of people's help," McGee said. "We never quit and
we faced adversity like we have all year and we responded. I was just proud of
Jorvorskie Lane added 104 yards on 17 rushes and also threw for a touchdown on
a halfback option for the Aggies (5-6, 3-5), who needed a win to become bowl-
Texas A&M has now lost the last six meetings against its state rival, but the
Aggies had a second-half lead and plenty of chances throughout the game to
pull the upset.
"We probably made just a few too many miscues there to be able to beat a No. 2
ranked team in the nation," said Texas A&M head coach Dennis Franchione.
"Gosh, we moved the ball well. We had a couple of 100-yard rushers. I thought
the defense played well. We held Vince Young pretty well today. They're a good
team and they deserve to be where they are. They found a way to get it done on
a day like today."
Young fumbled at his own 15-yard line on the third offensive play of the
second half and the Aggies needed just two plays to reach the end zone. McGee
ran for four yards on first down, then scored from 11 yards away to give A&M a
The Longhorns followed with an 80-yard drive, keyed by a trick play, to regain
On 4th-and-1 at the A&M 44, the Longhorns lined up in punt formation but the
snap went to upback Rashad Bobino, who ran for six yards and a first down. A
facemask penalty on the play tacked on 15 yards to help setup Taylor's eight-
yard run for a touchdown and a 28-22 Texas lead.
Things then got worse for the Aggies, as a blocked punt was returned 11 yards
for a touchdown by Cedric Griffin to make it 34-22 with 5:45 left in the third
quarter. The extra point attempt missed.
Back came the Aggies, as McGee found the end zone on a one-yard bootleg just
under four minutes later to make it a five-point game.
David Pino followed with a 41-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth
quarter to give Texas a 37-29 lead. He had a chance to extend the lead midway
through the fourth, but missed a 33-yard field goal try.
After A&M turned the ball over on downs in their own territory, Pino connected
from 29 yards away with 2:22 remaining for the final margin.
"You're playing against a national championship-like effort every weekend
because the other team wants to beat you so bad," said Texas head coach Mack
Brown. "I think this is the best possible thing that could have happened to us
today because it got our guys' attention and it got our coaches' attention."
The Longhorns took advantage of an interception by Drew Kelson deep in Texas
A&M territory midway through the first quarter to grab the lead. An eight-yard
touchdown run by Henry Melton on the third play after the turnover put Texas
Young then directed a seven-play, 48-yard drive on the next Texas possession
to make it 14-0. He ran for 11 yards early in the series and completed a 19-
yard pass to convert a long third down before Taylor took a handoff and raced
five yards into the end zone with 4:19 left in the opening period.
A&M then marched 67 yards for a Todd Pegram field goal from 31 yards away to
get on the board with 22 seconds to play in the first.
Young was then picked off by Melvin Bullitt on Texas' first play after the
kickoff and the Aggies quickly converted on the next play with a halfback
option pass from Lane to Jason Carter for a 35-yard touchdown. The two-point
attempt failed, leaving A&M down 14-9.
The Aggies got the ball back after a Texas punt and drove 85 yards for another
score. McGee keyed the series with a 49-yard run and Brandon Leone broke free
for a 16-yard touchdown run with 9:26 left in the half. Again, the two-point
conversion try failed, but A&M had 15-14 edge.
Jamaal Charles then fumbled on Texas' first play after the kickoff, but the
Aggies could not take advantage.
The Longhorns got the ball back after a punt and drove 77 yards for the go-
ahead score. A 29-yard run by Taylor on the first play moved the ball near
midfield and a 22-yard carry by Melton set up a 14-yard touchdown pass from
Young to Ahmard Hall to give Texas a 21-15 edge with 3:55 remaining in the
A&M drove to the Texas 34 before a 51-yard field goal try by Layne Neumann
came up short in the final minute.
The Longhorns have won 18 in a row -- the second-longest streak in school
history behind a 30-game run from 1968-70...Texas A&M ran for 277 yards and
outgained Texas 395-336...McNeal was sidelined with an ankle injury...Texas
leads the all-time series 73-34-5...With the win, Young is now tied for the
all-time most wins for a Texas quarterback with a 28-2 career record, tied
with Bobby Layne (1944-47), who had a 28-7 mark.
11/25 21:06:32 ET