No. 23 ranked Texas A&M rolled up 681 yards of offense and never punted while the A&M defense contained Robert Griffin as the Aggies crushed No. 24 Baylor, 55-28, in a sold out Kyle Field on Saturday afternoon.
Texas A&M fell behind early but came back to take a 24-14 halftime lead. This week the Aggies built on a halftime lead in the second half, scoring 21 unanswered points from the midway point in the third quarter to pull away from the Bears for a big Aggie win.
After Baylor was forced to punt on the first possession of the game, Texas A&M drove to the Baylor 23-yard line before a Ryan Tannehill pass was intercepted. Baylor took advantage of the turnover, driving 73 yards on 12 plays, scoring the first point of the game on a 6-yard TD pass from Robert Griffin to Kendall Wright. The extra point by Aaron Jones gave Baylor a 7-0 lead with 4:42 left in the first quarter.
The Aggies responded by driving to the Baylor 18-yard line beforer having to settle for a 35-yard Randy Bullock field goal to cut the Bear lead to 7-3 with 1:24 to fo in the first quarter.
Baylor mounted a time-consuming 16-play drive but came away with no points from it when Aaron Jones missed a 30-yard field goal attempt. Texas A&M took their first lead of the game on a 68-yard TD pass from Ryan Tannehill to Ryan Swope. Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a 10-7 lead at the 8:16 mark in the second quarter. After a kickoff return, it took Baylor just one play to regain the lead when Robert Griffin found Terrance Williams for a 77-yard TD pass. Jones' extra point gave Baylor a 14-7 midway through the second quarter.
It took the Aggies 5 plays to drive 73 yards and Tannehill tossed a 7-yard TD pass to running back Christine Michael. Bullock's extra point give the Aggies a 17-14 lead with 6:21 left in the first half. After the Aggie defense forced a Baylor punt, Texas A&M used most of the remaining first half clock to drive 80 yards on 11 plays, with Tannehill connecting with Swope for an 8-yard TD. Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a ten-point lead, 24-14, with 33 seconds left in the half. Baylor ran out the clock to end the first half.
Like every game this season, Texas A&M took a double-digit lead into halftime. Would the Aggies be able to turn a big halftime lead into a win against a top 25 opponent this week ?
The Aggies answered that question with a resounding 'Yes'.
The Aggies received the opening kickoff of the second half and 77 yards on 13 plays, with Tannehill and Swope connecting for their third TD of the game, this from 5 yards. Bullock's extra point extended the Aggie lead to 31-14 at the 10:28 mark in the third quarter.
After a big Baylor kickoff return, Robert Griffin threw a 43-yard TD pass to Tevin Reese. A Jones extra point made the score 31-21 with ten minutes left in the third quarter. The Aggies drove to the Baylor 29-yard line before Randy Bullock kicked a 47-yard field goal to give A&M a 13-point lead, 34-21. Baylor mounted an 11-play, 78-yard drive and Terrnace Ganaway scored on a 4-yard run. Jones' extra point cut the Aggie lead to six, 34-28, with 3:50 left in the third quarter.
The Aggies responded to the Bear challenge by quickly regaining their 13-point lead on another 68-yard TD pass from Tannehill to Swope and a Bullock extra point to give the Aggies a 41-28 lead with 2:43 to go in the third quarter.
Baylor looking to be driving for a touchdown that would make it a one-score game but failed on a 4th-and-goal from the Aggie 4-yard line when a Grffin pass into the endezone fell incomplete.
Texas A&M effectively put this game away by driving 96 yards in 7 plays, with Ryan Tannehill completing a 47-yard touchdown pass Uzoma Nwachukwu. Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a commanding 48-28 lead with 9:46 left in the game.
On the ensuing possession, a Robert Griffin pass attempt was intercepted by Aggie cornerback Dustin Harris. The Aggies used six Christine Michael rushes and a 34-yard tannehill scramble to drive 70 yards, with Michael scoring on a 4-yard run. Bullock's final extra point gave the Aggies a huge 55-28 lead with 5:44 left in the game.
After the Aggie defense forced another Baylor punt, the Aggie second team offense picked up a couple of first downs to run out the clock.
Texas A&M crushes Baylor, 55-28, in what is likely to be the last meeting of the two teams for several years.
Texas A&M had big leads over Baylor in both total yards, 681 to 480, and first downs, 35 to 24.
So dominant was the Texas A&M offense that the Aggies never punted.
Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 25 of 37 passes for 415 yards and 6 TDs with 1 INT and rushed for 55 yards. Ryan Swope was Tannehill's top target, catching 11 passes for 206 yards and 4 TDs. Uzoma Nwachukwu added 4 catches for 97 yards and 1 TD and Jeff Fuller had 5 catches for 71 yards. Christine Michael recorded a hundred yard game, picking 105 yards and 1 TD on 21 carries.
Baylor's heralded quarterback Robert Griffin III completed 28 of 40 passes for 430 yards and 3 TDs with 1 INT. Terrance Williams caught 8 passes for 146 yards and 1 TD and Tevin Reese caught 4 passes for 106 yards and 1 TD. The Aggies held Baylor's top receiver Kendall Wright to 67 yards and 1 TD on 6 carries. The Aggie defense held Baylor's leading rusher, Terrance Ganaway, to 34 yards and 1 TD on 16 carries and limited Griffin to 15 yards on 12 carries.
Texas A&M (4-2, 2-1) will likely move into the top 20 with this win and will go on the road to face Iowa State next Saturday afternoon.