For just the second time in their last 23 meetings, the Baylor Bears defeated Texas A&M. Baylor took advantage of 5 Aggie turnovers as freshman quarterback Robert Griffin passed for 241 yards and 2 TDs and rushed for 56 yards to lead Baylor to a 41-21 win over the Aggies on Saturday afternoon in Waco.
Baylor took a 3-0 lead with 5:29 left in the first quarter on a 25-yard Ben Parks field goal, after driving 61 yards in 11 plays.
Early in the second quarter, Aggie quarterback Jerrod Johnson fumbled when blindsided by Baylor defensive end Zac Scotton, and Bear defensive end Leon Freeman recovered at the Aggie 13-yard line. The Aggie defense surrendered just 2 yards in three Bear rushing attempts, forcing Baylor to settle for a 28-yard field goal by Ben Parks to give Baylor a 6-0 lead at the 12:13 mark in the second quarter.
The next Aggie possession ended when a Jerrod Johnson pass was intercepted by Baylor cornerback Dwain Crawford at the Bear 26-yard line. It took Baylor 8 plays to march 74 yards, with Jacoby Jones scoring on a 12-yard run. The extra point by Parks extended the Bear lead to 13-0 with 6:39 left in the first half.
Mike Goodson made an acrobatic catch of a 51-yard pass from Jerrod Johnson pass to give the Aggies a 1st-and-goal at the Bear 1-yard line. Two plays later Jorvorskie Lane scored his 48th career rushing touchdown on a 1-yard dive. The extra point by Randy Bullock cut the Baylor lead to 13-7 with 4:07 left in the half and the Aggies appeared to be back in this game.
Baylor responded by driving 78 yards in 8 plays, with Robert Griffin connecting with Kendall Wright on a 31-yard touchdown pass. Parks' extra point restored the Bear 13-point lead 20-7.
The first half ended with Jerrod Johnson throwing his second interception of the day and the Bears running out the clock.
Baylor took a 27-7 lead when Robert Griffin hit Thomas White on a 55-yard strike on their first possession of the second half.
The Aggies and Bears exchanged punts until midway throught the third quarter when Baylor mounted a 9-play, 99-yard drive, with Jay Finley scoring on a 13-yard run to give the Bears a commanding 34-7 lead with 3:38 left in the third quarter.
After Jerrod Johnson threw his third interception of the day, Jacoby Jones scored on an 18-yard run to give Baylor a 41-7 lead with 1:41 still to go in the third quarter.
Midway through the fourth quarter, after successive Jerrod Johnson completions to Ryan Tannehill netted 12 and 37 yards, Jorvorskie Lane scored his second touchdown of the days to cut the Bear lead to 41-14.
After Texas A&M blocked a Baylor punt, Jerrod Johnson tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Fuller to reduce the Aggie lead to 41-21. Baylor ran out the clock to earn the 41-21 victory over the Aggies.
Freshman Robert Griffin was 13-of-23 for 241 yards and two touchdowns and added 56 yards on 12 rushes. Jay Finley rushed for 116 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries. Freshman Kendall Wright caught 4 passes for 71 yards and one TD.
Aggie quarterback Jerrod Johnson completed 19 of 30 passes for 244 yards and 1 TD and rushed for 31 yards, but suffered 5 turnovers with four interceptions and a fumble. Johnson had only four passes picked off in his first eight games before throwing two in A&M's 66-28 loss last week to Oklahoma.
Mike Goodson caught 3 passes for 77 yards and Ryan Tannehill pulled down 4 passes for 67 yards.
Jorvorskie Lane scored on a pair of 1-yard runs, increasing his Texas A&M school records to 49 career rushing TDs and 50 overall.
Baylor's win ended the hopes of Texas A&M (4-7, 2-5 Big 12) for a bowl bid.
The Aggies will now look to close out the 2008 season with their third win in a row over archrival Texas when they travel to Austin to face the No. 3 Longhorns on November 27th.