Texas A&M travelled to Albuquerque looking to rebound from last week's shock 18-14 loss to Arkansas State. The Aggies took advantage of three New Mexico turnovers and reserve quarterback Jerrod Johnson threw 3 touchdown passes to lead the Texas A&M to a 28-22 road win over the Lobos.
Two first quarter interceptions helped the Aggies take an early 14-0 lead.
On New Mexico's first possession, a pass attempt from quarterback Donovan Porterie was intercepted by Aggie cornerback Jordan Peterson at the New Mexico 48-yard line, and Peterson returned it for a touchdown. Richie Bean's extra point gave the Aggies a 7-0 lead.
The next New Mexico possession came to quick an end when a Donovan Porterie pass was intercepted by Aggie safety Arkeith Brown at the New Mexico 31-yard line, and Brown returned for 11 yards to the New Mexico 20.
With Aggie quarterback Stephen McGee having suffered a sprained shoulder on the A&M's first possession, Jerrod Johnson came on to quarterback the Aggies. Facing 3rd and 11 from the New Mexico 21-yard line, Johnson connected with true freshman wide receiver Jeff Fuller for a touchdown. Richoe Bean's extra point gave the Aggies a 14-0 lead with 4:41 left in the first quarter.
New Mexico responded by driving 80 yards in 6 plays, with Rodney Ferguson scoring on a 45-yard run. James Aho's extra point cut the Aggie lead to 14-7 at the 1:58 mark of the 1st quarter.
The Aggies and Lobos twice exchanged punts before Texas A&M set up from their 7-yard line with 6:20 left in the second quarter. The Aggies mounted a 14-play, 93-yard driving consuming 5:29 from the clock. Converting on four 3rd downs, the Aggies scored on a 10-yard pass from Jerrod Johnson to Jeff Fuller. Fuller reached up and took the ball away from the Lobo defender in the end zone. Bean's extra point extended the Aggie lead to 21-7 with 51 seconds left in the 2nd quarter, and New Mexico ran out the clock to end the half.
At the half, Texas A&M led New Mexico in total yards 192 to 154 and first downs 11 to 8. For A&M, Jerrod Johnson had completed 8 of 13 passes for 111 yards and two TDs and rushed for 24 yards on 4 carries. Jeff Fuller had caught 3 passes for 36 yards and 2 TDs and Ryan Tannehill had caught 3 passes for 57 yards. For New Mexico, Rodney Ferguson had rushed for 108 yards and 1 TD and caught 3 passes for 15 yards.
After forcing New Mexico 3-and-out to start the second half, the Lobo punt was fumbled by Aggie return man Jordan Pugh and New Mexico recovered at the Aggie 14-yard line. The Aggie defense again held, forcing the Lobos to settle for a 27-yard yard field goal, cutting the Aggie lead to 21-10 at the 11:07 mark of the 3rd quarter.
On the first play of the 4th quarter, New Mexico quarterback Donovan Porterie fumbled and Aggie defensive end Michael Bennett recovered at the Texas A&M 42-yard line and Bennett returned it 37 yards to the New Mexico Mex 21-yard line. Facing 3rd-and-8 from the New Mexico 9-yard line, Jerrod Johnson connected with tight end Jamie McCoy for a touchdown. Bean's extra point gave A&M a 28-10 lead with 13:20 left in the game.
New Mexico drove 68 yards in 11 plays, with Paul Baker scoring on a 5-yard run. The two-point attempted pass was intercepted by the Aggies, leaving New Mexico trailing the Texas A&M 28-16 with 5:55 left in the game.
An attempted on-side kick by New Mexico was recovered by the Aggies at the New Mexico 45-yard line. The Aggies used up almost three minutes of clock before a Justin Brantley punt was downed at the New Mexico 8-yard line with 2:56 left in the game.
New Mexico drove 92 yards in 17 plays to score a largely meaningless touchdown in the final minute to make the final score Texasa A&M 28, New Mexico 22.
The stats for the game were quite misleading, as many of New Mexico's yards were gained after the Aggies took a 28-10 4th quarter lead. For the game New Mexico outgained the Aggies in yards 370 to 236 and in first downs 19 to 16.
For Texas A&M, Jerrod Johnson completed 10 of 19 passes for 124 yards and 3 TDs. Jeff Fuller caught 3 passes for 36 yards and 2 TDs and Ryan Tannehill caught 3 passes for 57 yards. Cyrus Gray rushed for 29 yards on 10 carries.
For New Mexico, Rodney Ferguson had rushed for 135 yards and 2 TDs on 19 carries and caught 5 passes for 22 yards. Donovan Porterie completed 22 of 35 yards for 154 yards, but suffered two interceptions.
Texas A&M (1-1) now prepares to host the Miami Hurricane on September 20th.