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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 Memorial Stadium.

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 spot.

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.

Game Notes

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


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