Texas A&M rolls to 54-14 win over La-Monroe

No 18 Texas A&M (3-0) rolled to a 54-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday night in College Station. A dominant Aggie offence could not be stopped, totalling 547 yards and never having to punt. Stephen McGee passed for 237 yards, Martellus Bennett (left) caught 6 passes for 98 yards, and Michael Goodson rushed for 113 yards to lead the Aggies.

No 18 Texas A&M (3-0) rolled to a 54-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday night in College Station. A dominant Aggie offence could not be stopped, totalling 547 yards and never having to punt. Stephen McGee passed for 237 yards, Martellus Bennett caught 6 passes for 98 yards, and Michael Goodson rushed for 113 yards to lead the Aggies.

After forcing a Louisiana-Monroe punt on their first possession, Texas A&M drove 57 yards on 11 plays, and Jorvorskie Lane rumbled into the endzone from the 5-yard line. The extra point by Matt Szymanski gave the Aggies a 7-0 lead at 9:36 in the first quarter.

The Warhawks responded with a 14-play, 80-yard drive. Senior running back Calvin Dawson dove over from the 1-yard line and Cole Wilson's extra point tied the game 7-7 with 4:31 left in the first quarter.

Mike Goodson breaks away.
Mike Goodson breaks away for a 29-yard run during the first half Saturday night. (AP Photo/Paul Zoeller)

On the ensuing possession, the Aggies used a 29-yard run by Michael Goodson to move to the Warkawk 26-yard line, before the Aggie drive stalled. Matt Syzmanski came on and kicked a 45-yard field goal to restore an A&M lead 10-7 with 56 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Aggies held Louisiana-Monroe three-and-out, forcing a Warhawk punt. Michael Goodson realed off a 25-yard run, and a La-Monroe personal foul moved the Aggies down to the Warhawk 13-yard line. A 9-yard run by Jorvorskie Lane and a 2-yard keeper by Stephen McGee gave the Aggies a first-and-goal at the 2-yard line. Facing fourth-and -goal inside the 1-yard line, Jorvorskie Lane dove over the goal line for his second touchdown of the night. Szymanski's extra point gave the Aggies a 17-7 lead at 11:07 in the second quarter.

Louisiana-Monroe drove to the A&M 24-yard line before Aggie cornerback Jordan Peterson intercepted a Kinsmon Lancaster pass at the A&M 2-yard line and returned it 56 yards to the Warhawk 42-yard line. Completions by Stephen McGee to Earvin Taylor and Martellus Bennett gave the Aggies a first down at the Warhawk 15-yard line. On 3rd-and-2 Michael Goodson scored on a 7-yard run. Syzmanski's extra point gave A&M a 24-7 lead with 4:26 left in the first half.

Jorvorskie Lane and Martellus Bennett celebrate.
Jorvorskie Lane and Martellus Bennett celebrate first half touchdown. (AP Photo/Paul Zoeller)

Louisiana-Monroe were again driving, this time down to the A&M 31-yard line, before Aggie linebacker Misi Tupe intercepted a Kinsmon Lancaster pass at the Aggie 20-yard line and returned for 35 yards to the Warhawk 45-yard line. Stephen McGee connected with tight end Martellus Bennett on a 33-yard completion. Passes to Bennett and Michael Goodson gave the Aggies a first-and-goal at the 2-yard line. After three incomplete passes, the Aggies settled for a 19-yard Matt Syzmanski field to give the Aggies a 27-7 lead just before halftime.

At the half, both A&M and Louisiana-Monroe were tied in forst downs with 14, and the Aggies led the Warhawks in total yards 237 to 210. Stephen McGee had completed 10 of 19 passes for 109 yards, and tight end Martellus Bennett had caught 3 of those passes for 50 yards. Mike Goodson had rushed for 78 yards and 1 TD on 7 carries and Jorvorskie Lane had rushed for 2 TDs and 34 yards on 10 carries. The biggest difference in the game to this point were the two turnovers by Louisiana-Monroe, on intereceptions by Jordan Peterson and Misi Tupe.

Texas A&M received the second half kickoff and drove 80 yards on 8 plays for a touchdown. Big plays on the drive included 27- and 17-yard pass completions from Stephen McGee to tight end Martellus Bennett, a 13-yard 3rd down completion to Kerry Franks, and the 20-yard touchdown pass to Kerry Franks. Syzmanski's extra point extend the Aggie lead to 34-7 at 11:16 in the third quarter.

The next Aggie drive ended when a Stephen McGee pass was intercepted by Warhawk safety Josh Thompson at the Louisiana-Monroe 29-yard line. After another Warhawk punt, the Aggies began to substitute on offense. A&M drove 80 yards in 13 plays, with backup quarterback Jerrod Johnson scoring on a keeper from 7 yards out to give the Aggies a commanding 41-7 at the end of the third quarter.

On their ensuing possession, Louisiana-Monroe showed no sense of urgency, content to grind out a 17-play, 93-yard rive consuming over eight minutes of clock. The Warhawks scored on a 1-yard dive by freshman running back Frank Goodin to reduce the Aggie lead to 41-14 with just over seven minutes left in the game. After a 33-yard kickoff return by Arkeith Brown, it took the Aggies just 5 plays to drive 58 yards, with Jerrod Johnson scoring his second touchdown of the night on a 26-yard scramble to give the Aggies a 48-14 lead.

After another Warhawk punt, the Aggies drove 57 yards in 6 plays, and Keondra Smith scored on a 5-yard run to extend the Aggie lead to 54-14. Louisiana-Monroe ran out the clock the end their suffering.

A dominant second half gave Texas A&M a decisive statistical advantage, with the Aggies leading the Warhawks in total yards, 547 to 348, and in first downs, 30 to 23. The Aggies showed a more balanced offense Saturday night, with 310 yards rushing and 237 yards passing. As an indication of the A&M offensive performance, the Aggies went the entire night without a single punt.

Stephen McGee completed 19 of 33 passes for 237 yards and 1 TD, with 1 interception. Mike Goodson rushed for 113 yards and 1 TD on just 11 carries. Tight end Martellus Bennett caught 6 passes for 98 yards. Kerry Franks caught 5 passes for 82 yards and 1 TD. In mopup duty, Cornell Tarrant rushed for 69 yards on 4 carries and Jerrod Johnson rushed for 49 yards on 4 carries.

Texas A&M (3-0) remains undefeated and now prepares to travel to Miami to take on the Miami Hurricane in a nationally televised game on Thursday night.

Watch for indepth Aggie Websider analysis of the Louisiana-Monroe game and previews of the Miami game.


Box Score



                            2007 Texas A&M Football
    Louisiana-Monroe vs #18 Texas A&M (Sep 15, 2007 at College Station, TX)
                   Louisiana-Monroe (0-3) vs. Texas A&M (3-0)
      Date: Sep 15, 2007  Site: College Station, TX   Stadium: Kyle Field
                               Attendance: 77,309


Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
Louisiana-Monroe....  7  0  0  7  - 14
Texas A&M........... 10 17 14 13  - 54


Scoring Summary:
1st 09:36 TAMU - Lane, Jorvorskie 5 yd run 
          (Szymanski, Matt kick)
          11 plays, 57 yards, TOP 3:49, ULM 0 - TAMU 7
    04:31 ULM - Dawson, Calvin 1 yd run 
          (Wilson, Cole kick)
          14 plays, 80 yards, TOP 5:05, ULM 7 - TAMU 7
    00:56 TAMU - Szymanski, Matt 45 yd field goal
          8 plays, 40 yards, TOP 3:35, ULM 7 - TAMU 10
2nd 11:07 TAMU - Lane, Jorvorskie 1 yd run 
          (Szymanski, Matt kick)
          9 plays, 51 yards, TOP 3:53, ULM 7 - TAMU 17
    04:26 TAMU - Goodson, Mike 7 yd run 
	         (Szymanski, Matt kick)
          8 plays, 44 yards, TOP 2:47, ULM 7 - TAMU 24
    00:05 TAMU - Szymanski, Matt 19 yd field goal
          7 plays, 43 yards, TOP 1:16, ULM 7 - TAMU 27
3rd 11:16 TAMU - Franks, Kerry 20 yd pass from McGee, Stephen 
          (Szymanski, Matt kick)
          8 plays, 80 yards, TOP 3:44, ULM 7 - TAMU 34
    00:30 TAMU - Johnson, Jerrod 7 yd run 
	         (Szymanski, Matt kick)
          13 plays, 80 yards, TOP 6:54, ULM 7 - TAMU 41
4th 07:16 ULM - Goodin, Frank 1 yd run 
          (Wilson, Cole kick)
          17 plays, 93 yards, TOP 8:14, ULM 14 - TAMU 41
    05:32 TAMU - Johnson, Jerrod 26 yd run 
	         (Szymanski, Matt kick)
          5 plays, 58 yards, TOP 1:44, ULM 14 - TAMU 48
    02:44 TAMU - Smith, Keondra 5 yd run 
	         (Bean, Richie kick failed)
          6 plays, 57 yards, TOP 1:22, ULM 14 - TAMU 54


Kickoff time: 6:07 PM   End of Game: 9:35 PM   Total elapsed time: 3:28
Officials: Referee: C. Castleberry; Umpire: Allen Roulette; Linesman: Don Kapral;
Line judge: K. Johnson; Back judge: Lyndon Nixon; Field judge: Bobby Bernard;
Side judge: Tim Murray; Scorer: Tom Reber;
Temperature: 89 deg    Wind: E/NE 9    Weather: No chance of rain




                                    ULM     TAMU

FIRST DOWNS...................       23       30
  Rushing.....................       16       17
  Passing.....................        7       12
  Penalty.....................        0        1
NET YARDS RUSHING.............      215      310
  Rushing Attempts............       44       42
  Average Per Rush............      4.9      7.4
  Rushing Touchdowns..........        2        6
  Yards Gained Rushing........      233      310
  Yards Lost Rushing..........       18        0
NET YARDS PASSING.............      133      237
  Completions-Attempts-Int....  15-27-2  19-35-1
  Average Per Attempt.........      4.9      6.8
  Average Per Completion......      8.9     12.5
  Passing Touchdowns..........        0        1
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS...........      348      547
  Total offense plays.........       71       77
  Average Gain Per Play.......      4.9      7.1
Fumbles: Number-Lost..........      0-0      0-0
Penalties: Number-Yards.......    10-65     8-50
PUNTS-YARDS...................    5-192      0-0
  Average Yards Per Punt......     38.4      0.0
  Net Yards Per Punt..........     32.2      0.0
  Inside 20...................        0        0
  50+ Yards...................        1        0
  Touchbacks..................        1        0
  Fair catch..................        0        0
KICKOFFS-YARDS................    3-197   10-663
  Average Yards Per Kickoff...     65.7     66.3
  Net Yards Per Kickoff.......     38.7     49.1
  Touchbacks..................        1        3
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD.    0-0-0   3-11-0
  Average Per Return..........      0.0      3.7
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD  7-112-0   2-61-0
  Average Per Return..........     16.0     30.5
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD..   1--1-0   2-89-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD.    0-0-0    0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards...........        0        0
Possession Time...............    30:30    29:30
  1st Quarter.................     7:36     7:24
  2nd Quarter.................     7:04     7:56
  3rd Quarter.................     3:56    11:04
  4th Quarter.................    11:54     3:06
Third-Down Conversions........  9 of 14  9 of 15
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   0 of 0   4 of 4
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      2-2      8-8
Sacks By: Number-Yards........      0-0      0-0
PAT Kicks.....................      2-2      6-7
Field Goals...................      0-0      2-2


Louisiana-Monroe

Rushing              No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
-------------------------------------------------
Dawson, Calvin       20  133    7  126  1 17  6.3
Goodin, Frank        16   75    3   72  1 16  4.5
Lancaster, K          6   21    6   15  0 12  2.5
McNeal, Darrell       1    4    0    4  0  4  4.0
TEAM                  1    0    2   -2  0  0 -2.0
Totals...            44  233   18  215  2 17  4.9

Passing              Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sack
-------------------------------------------------
Lancaster, K           23-13-2   116  0   21    0
Revell, Trey            3-2-0     17  0   10    0
McNeal, Darrell         1-0-0      0  0    0    0
Totals...              27-15-2   133  0   21    0

Receiving             No.  Yds   TD Long
----------------------------------------
Dawson, Calvin          5   42    0   15
McNeal, Darrell         4   35    0   17
Sapp, LaGregory         3   39    0   21
Stringfellow, A         2   12    0    7
Doyle, Mitch            1    5    0    5
Totals...              15  133    0   21

Punting               No.  Yds   Avg Long In20   TB
---------------------------------------------------
Love, Scott             5  192  38.4   53    0    1
Totals...               5  192  38.4   53    0    1

                       Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns          No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
--------------------------------------------------
Ogletree, Tay         0   0  0  2  38 23  0   0  0
Thompson, Josh        0   0  0  0   0  0  1  -1  0
Watts, Jake           0   0  0  1   3  3  0   0  0
Goodin, Frank         0   0  0  4  71 22  0   0  0
Totals...             0   0  0  7 112 23  1  -1  0

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------

Kickoffs         No.  Yds  TB  OB   Avg
---------------------------------------
Wilson, Cole       3  197   1   0  65.7


Texas A&M

Rushing              No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
-------------------------------------------------
Goodson, Mike        11  113    0  113  1 29 10.3
Tarrant, Cornell      4   69    0   69  0 26 17.2
Johnson, Jerrod       4   49    0   49  2 26 12.2
Lane, Jorvorskie     11   34    0   34  2  9  3.1
Smith, Keondra        7   26    0   26  1 11  3.7
McGee, Stephen        4   18    0   18  0 12  4.5
LaMantia, Nick        1    1    0    1  0  1  1.0
Totals...            42  310    0  310  6 29  7.4

Passing              Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sack
-------------------------------------------------
McGee, Stephen         33-19-1   237  1   33    0
Johnson, Jerrod         2-0-0      0  0    0    0
Totals...              35-19-1   237  1   33    0

Receiving             No.  Yds   TD Long
----------------------------------------
Bennett, Martellus      6   98    0   33
Franks, Kerry           5   82    1   20
Taylor, Earvin          3   29    0   13
Brown, Pierre           2   11    0    9
Holland, Roger          1   12    0   12
Goodson, Mike           1    5    0    5
Smith, Keondra          1    0    0    0
Totals...              19  237    1   33

Punting               No.  Yds   Avg Long In20   TB
---------------------------------------------------
Totals...               0    0   0.0    0    0    0

                       Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns          No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
--------------------------------------------------
Franks, Kerry         0   0  0  1  28 28  0   0  0
Brown, Arkeith        0   0  0  1  33 33  0   0  0
Peterson, Jordan      3  11 11  0   0  0  1  54 54
Tupe, Misi            0   0  0  0   0  0  1  35 35
Totals...             3  11 11  2  61 33  2  89 54

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------
Szymanski, Matt      1st 00:56  45 yds - Good
Szymanski, Matt      2nd 00:05  19 yds - Good

Kickoffs         No.  Yds  TB  OB   Avg
---------------------------------------
Szymanski, Matt    8  532   3   0  66.5
Bean, Richie       2  131   0   0  65.5



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