A&M dominates Texas, Franchione resigns

In front of the largest crowd ever at Kyle Field, 88,253, Texas A&M dominated No 13 Texas for most of the game and held on to defeat their cross-state rival. The 38-30 victory is the second straght win for the Aggies over the Longhorns. Stephen McGee passed for 364 yards and 3 TDs to lead the Aggies. After the game, Coach Dennis Franchione announced his resignation as Texas A&M head coach.

In front of the largest crowd ever at Kyle Field, 88,253, Texas A&M dominated No 13 Texas for most of the game and held on to defeat their cross-state rival. The 38-30 victory is the second straght win for the Aggies over the Longhorns. Stephen McGee passed for 364 yards and 3 TDs to lead the Aggies. After the game, Coach Dennis Franchione announced his resignation as Texas A&M head coach.

Texas A&M received the opening kickoff and that first drive was to set the tone for the day. Facing a 3rd and 20 after two losses and a false start penalty, Stephen McGee connected with Jorvorskie Lane in the flat for a 22-yard gain and first down. After a 16-yard completion to Earvin Taylor, Stephen McGee threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to running back Mike Goodson. The extra point by Matt Szymanski gave the Aggies a 7-0 lead at 11:38 in the first quarter.

Aggie D rattles McCoy
The Aggie Defense rattled Colt McCoy for most of the game. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

After an exchange of punts, Texas drove to the Aggie 36-yard line before on a 4th and 4 Colt McCoy pooch punted to give the A&M the ball at their 17-yard line. The Aggies marched down to the Texas 14-yard line in 15 plays before settling for a 31-yard Matt Szymanki field goal to extend A&M's lead to 10-0 just before the end of the first quarter.

With eleven minutes left in the second quarter, a Texas punt gave the Aggies possession at their 5-yard line. After driving to midfield, A&M used a 39-yard completion from Stephen McGee to Kerry Franks to move to the Texas 12-yard line. Facing 4th and 3 on the Texas 5-yard line, Texas A&M faked a field goal and holder T. J. Sanders ran for a touchdown. The Aggies opened a 17-0 lead on Szymanki's extra point with 2:55 left in the first half.

On the ensuing possession, Colt McCoy connected with running back Jamaal Charles for a 62-yard gain to the Aggie 18-yard line. On 3rd-and-1,.Vondrell McGee was stuffed for a 1-yard loss by Agiges Kellen Heard and Marquis Carpenter. The Longhorns had to settle for a 27-yard field goal to cut the Aggie lead to 17-3 at the half.

Texas received the opening kickoff of the 2nd half and drove to midfield before a long pass attempt by Colt McCoy was intercepted by Aggie cornerback Marquis Carpenter at the A&M 7-yard line. Texas A&M returned the favor when a Stephen McGee pass attempt was intercepted by Horn Brandon Foster and returned to the Aggie 8-yard line. It tooks the Horns just one play to convert this into a touchdown on a 8-yard run by Jamaal Charles. The extra point by Ryan Bailey made the score 17-10 at 10:46 in the third quarter.

Texas turned the ball over on their next possession when Colt McCoy was sacked and fumbled, and the Aggies recovered at the Horn 46-yard line. The Aggies used seven plays, all on the ground, with Stephen McGee scoring on a determoned 6-yard run.

Earvin Taylor gives Ags big lead
This 66-yard touchdown by Earvin Taylor gave the Aggies a 21-pint lead in the fourth quarter. (AP Photo/Paul Zoeller)

In just four miniutes, 28 points were to be scored. Quan Cosby returned the Aggie kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. Bailey's extra point moved the score to Aggies 24-17 at the end of the third quarter. It took the Aggies less than a minute to repond when, after a 42-yard kickoff return by E. J. Shankle, Stephen McGee threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Mike Goodson to move the Aggie lead back to 14 points, 31-17. After a Texas punt, Stephen McGee threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Earvin Taylor to extend the Aggie lead to 38-17 at 11:39 in the fourth quarter.

Texas came back with two late fourth quarter touchdowns one on a 28-yard pass from Colt McCoy to Jordan Shipley and the other on a 4-yard run by Chris Ogbonnaya. The extra point attempt after Ogbonnaya's score failed to leave the score 38-30 with 2:45 left in the game.

On a third-and-6, Mike Goodson picked up a critical first down, enabling the Aggies to run out the clock and defeat the Longhorns for the second straight year.

For the game, Texas A&M led Texas in total yards, 533 to 357, and in first downs, 27 to 18. The Aggie offense picked up 364 yards passing and 169 yards rushing. Texas A&M dominated Texas in time of possession 40:06 to 19:54.

For Texas A&M, Stephen McGee completed 24 of 35 passes for 364 yards and 3 TDs with two interceptions. Mike Goodson rushed for 70 yards on 13 carries and caught 5 passes for 84 yards and 2 TDs. Earvin Taylor caught 7 passes for 113 yards and 1 TD. Jorvorskie Lane rushed for 69 yards on 18 carries.

Coach Fran goes out a winner
The Aggie team sends Coach Fran out a winner. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

For Texas, Colt McCoy completed 17 of 32 passes for 232 yards and 1 TD with 1 interception but suffered a couple of fumbles. Jamaal Charles was held to 92 yards and 1 TD on 17 carries but caught 4 passes for 81 yards.

Dennis Franchione announced after the game that he has resigned the Texas A&M head coaching position.

After this huge win over Texas, Texas A&M (7-5, 4-4) now awaits word of what bowl game it will be playing in and who the future head coach of Texas A&M will be.

Watch for indepth Aggie Websider analysis of the Texas game and previews of the Texas A&M bowl.

 



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