Air raid too much for Aggies

An explosive B.J. Symons-led passing game was more than a young Aggie defense could handle Saturday night, when Texas Tech beat Texas A&M 59-28 before a crowd of 51,772 in Lubbock.

An explosive B.J. Symons-led passing game was more than a young Aggie defense could handle Saturday night, when Texas Tech beat Texas A&M 59-28 before a crowd of 51,772 in Lubbock. Symons threw eight touchdown passes—a new Big 12 record (previously held by Aggie QB Dustin Long and his seven TD performance last year in the A&M-Tech game)—and piled up more than 500 yards in passing.

Texas A&M's (2-3, 0-1 Big 12) offense gained 489 total yards; but that wasn't enough to counter Symons, who was 34-of-46 for 505 yards in the game, with TD passes of 17, 19, 48, 13, 14, 15, 8 and 16 yards. A&M QB Reggie McNeal was 11-of-24 for 214 yards with 1 TD, and Long came in to go 5-of-8 for 31 yards and 1 TD pass.

Tech (4-1, 1-0) scored early and often, amassing a 17-0 lead before the clock had signaled the end of the first quarter. The Aggies never led in the game and didn't score until Courtney Lewis (91 yards, 2 TDs) ran for a TD with 9:12 to go in the second quarter. Jamaar Taylor (89 yards, 1 TD) also scored for the Aggies in the second quarter on a 4-yard-pass from McNeal.

A&M scored twice more on fourth quarter TDs; but the damage had already been done. The A&M defense was never able to find the answers to stop Tech's offensive arsenal.

The loss was A&M's third straight. Tech has won five straight games in Lubbock and seven of the last nine against the Aggies.

Texas A&M returns to action next weekend when Baylor comes to Kyle Field. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. The Bears are coming off of a 42-30 upset of Colorado. The win gave Baylor its second victory in its last 39 Big 12 games.


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