NCAA Game Summary - Texas A&M at Texas |
(Friday, November 26th)
Final Score: (6) Texas 26, (22) Texas A&M 13
Austin, TX (Sports Network) - Cedric Benson rushed for 165 yards and a
touchdown on 33 carries to lead No. 6 Texas to a 26-13 win over 22nd-ranked
Texas A&M in a battle between in-state rivals at Darrell K. Royal-Texas
Vince Young ended 12-of-18 for 131 yards for the Longhorns (10-1, 7-1 Big 12),
who have won six straight games. Young also rushed for 93 yards and a score.
Despite the win, and the school's No. 5 ranking in the latest BCS standings,
Texas is still in need of additional help to reach a BCS bowl game because of
Utah's sixth-place ranking in the standings. The Utes, who have already
finished their regular season, are guaranteed to play in a BCS bowl if they
finish in the top six and they are highly unlikely to be dropped from that
The Longhorns' only real hope of getting the final at-large BCS position is to
have California lose to Southern Mississippi on December 4. The Golden Bears
currently sit fourth in the BCS rankings and a loss would vault Texas ahead of
them. However, if Cal can win in Hattiesburg, the Longhorns would most likely
head to the Cotton Bowl for the fourth time in seven years.
"This is one of best teams in the country," said Texas head coach Mack Brown.
"This team deserves to play in the BCS and if they don't, then we don't have a
system (that works)."
Reggie McNeal finished 20-of-38 for 247 yards with a touchdown and an
interception for the Aggies (7-4, 5-3), who dropped three of their final four
regular-season games, but will still participate in a bowl game.
Trailing 13-6 at halftime, Texas received a huge break early in the third
quarter. After forcing a three-and-out on the first series of the period, the
Longhorns blocked Jacob Young's punt at the 10-yard line and Bobby Tatum fell
on the loose ball in the end zone to tie the game.
The Aggies then punted on their next series and Texas was on the move again.
The nine-play drive stalled just inside Texas A&M's 30-yard line and the team
settled for Dusty Mangum's 44-yard field goal. The kick gave the Longhorns a
16-13 lead with 6:36 remaining in the third period.
After the Aggies were unsuccessful on 4th-and-5 from the Texas 38-yard line,
the Longhorns took over and moved down the field. Texas got to the 35 before
being stopped on third down and Mangum booted a long 52-yard kick to widen the
gap to 19-13.
The Longhorns got some breathing room in the fourth quarter as Benson took it
in from one yard out with 8:57 left in the game to extend the cushion to
26-13. Benson accounted for 27 yards on the 12-play, 89-yard drive.
"I'm so proud of this team for them to come out and dominate the second half,"
said Brown. "I've never seen such a change in momentum like that.'
Texas got on the scoreboard first on Young's three-yard quarterback sneak with
2:34 left in the opening quarter. The extra point missed and the lead was 6-0.
On the 14-play drive, Benson rushed for 47 yards, including a 22-yard burst.
The Aggies quickly answered with a seven-play, 67-yard march before McNeal
capped the series with a 33-yard pass to DeQawn Mobley. Texas A&M, though,
also had problems on the extra point as Todd Pegram had the kick blocked and
the game was tied at 6-6 with 46 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Pegram had a chance to give his club the lead early in the second, but his 32-
yard field goal try was no good and the game remained knotted.
The Longhorns had the ball at the two-yard line and appeared to be ready to
score in the final seconds of the first half. However, as Young tried to jump
over the pile and get into the end zone, the ball was knocked out of his
hands. Jonte Buhl picked up the loose football and raced untouched for a 98-
yard touchdown to make it 13-6 just before halftime.
Texas received a one-point safety on its third-quarter touchdown. After
scoring on the blocked punt, holder Matt Nordgren dropped the snap on the
extra-point try. Mangum then kicked the ball into the line and it rolled away
just shy of the goal line. However, in the ensuing scramble for the football,
officials ruled that Texas A&M had gained possession of the ball, then fumbled
it into the end zone. Officials briefly discussed the play before ruling that
the Longhorns would get a point for tackling the Aggie player in the end
zone...Benson scored his 64th career rushing touchdown, tying him for third
all-time with Anthony Thompson...Texas has won 10 straight home games and
closed out a perfect record at home this year (6-0)...The Longhorns, who have
won 29 of their last 30 home contests, posted perfect home records in six of
the last seven years. Texas has also won 20 straight Big 12 home games and 12
consecutive tilts on Senior Day...The Longhorns will appear in a bowl game for
the seventh straight year, the longest mark since going to nine straight from
1977085...Texas has won five straight over its in-state rivals and leads the
all-time series 72-34-5.
11/26 20:22:15 ET