No. 23 Texas A&M came back from 16 points down midway through the second quarter to score 28 unanswered points and pick up its fourth win in a row with a 42-30 win over the Baylor Bears in Waco on Saturday night.
The Aggies received the opening kickoff, went three-and-out, and had to punt.
On their opening possession, Baylor drove 36 yards in 11 plays before having to settle for a 38-yard field goal by Aaron Jones to give the Bears a 3-0 lead at the 10:02 mark in the first quarter.
On the first play of the ensuing Aggie possession, a 29-yard Cyrus Gray run moved the ball to Baylor 37-yard line. The Aggies went for it on fourth down but a Ryan Swope sweep came up short, turning the ball over to Baylor on downs.
On Baylor's first play from scimmage, Robert Griffin to a quarterback draw up the middle 71 yards for a Bear touchdown. Jones' extra point gave Baylor a 10-0 lead with 8:24 left in the second quarter.
Coryell Judie returned the Baylor kickoff 84 yards for an Aggie touchdown. Randy Bullock's extra point cut the Baylor lead to 10-7.
The Aggies finally forced Baylor to punt but on their ensuing possession A&M's Ryan Swope fumbled and Baylor recovered at the Aggie 26-yard line. It took Baylor six plays to take advantage of the Aggie turnover, with Jay Finley diving over from the one for a Bear touchdown. Jones' extra point restored Baylor's 10-point lead, 17-7, with a minute left in the first quarter.
The Aggies responded by driving 64 yards in 8 plays, with Cyrus Gray scoring on a 4-yard run. Bullock's extra point pulled A&M back to within three, 17-14, early in the second quarter.
It was Baylor's turn to respond, driving 74 yards in 12 plays, and Jay Finley scored again on a 1-yard dive. Jones' extra point pushed the Baylor lead back to ten, 24-14, with 9:06 to go in the second quarter.
After the Aggies were forced to punt, Jay Finley ran through the middle of the A&M defense 69 yards for a Baylor touchdown to extend the Bear lead to 30-14 with 6:11 left in the half.
Texas A&M drove 68 yards in 12 plays, overcomong penalties that brought back to apparent A&M touchdowns, and Ryan Swope finally did score that ellusive touchdown on a 12-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill. Bullock's extra point cut Baylor's lead to 30-21 with two minutes left in the first half.
Baylor drove to the Aggie 24-yard line before attempting a field goal on the last play of the first half. The Baylor field goal attempt was blocked by the Aggies and Terrence Frederick returned it 71 yards to inside the Bear 1-yard line before being pushed out of bounds to end a wild first half.
Baylor received the opening kickoff of the second half and used 15 plays to drive to the Aggie 9-yard line before Aaron Jones missed a 27-yard field goal.
On their first possession of the second half, Texas A&M drove 80 yards in 12 plays, with Cyrus Gray scoring on a great 13-yard run. Bullock's extra point pulled A&M to within two, 30-28, with 6:27 left in the third quarter.
The ensuing Baylor drive went backwards and the Bears were forced to punt from their endzone. A short punt and a kick catching interference penalty gave the Aggies the ball at the Baylor 27-yard line. It took the Aggie just two Cyrus Gray runs to score a touchdown. Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies their first lead of the game, 35-30, with 4:02 to go in the third quarter.
After an exchange of punts, Baylor drove to the A&M 22-yard line before Aaron Jones missed another field goal, this from 39 yards.
The Aggies picked up one first down before having to punt. A 17-yard punbt gave Baylor the ball at their 35-yard line. Facing 4th-and-1 from their 44-yard line, Baylor elected to go for it, but Robert Griffin was stopped short of the first down by Aggies Von Miller, Michael Hodges, and Jonathan Mathis.
After Ryan Tannehill completed a 14-yard pass to Uzoma Nwachukwu, Tannehill connected with a streaking Kenric McNeal and who took inside the Baylor 1-yard line. Cyrus Gray dove over from the 1-yard line for his fourth rushing touchdown of the game. Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a 42-30 lead with 6:02 left in the game.
Baylor went backwards and was forced to go for it on 4th-and-17. A pass completion came up short and the Aggies took over the Baylor 36-yard line.
The Aggies picked up a first down and were able to run out the clock to pick up a hard fought 42-30 road win over the Baylor Bears.
Cyrus Gray rushed for 137 yards and 4 TDs on 28 carries and caught 3 passes for 24 yards. Ryan Tannehill completed 27 or 38 passes for 280 yards and 1 TD. Uzoma Nwachukwu had his best game of the season, catching 8 passes for 73 yards. Ryan Swope added 4 catches for 56 yards and 1 TD.
Texas A&M (7-3, 4-2 Big 12) wins their fourth game in a row and now comes home to face No 8 Nebraska next Saturday night.