Horns pull away for 49-9 win over the Aggies

Texas A&M kept their rivalry game with No. 3 Texas close most of the first half, but the Horns pulled away in the second half to defeat the Aggies 49-9, their first win over A&M in 3 years. Colt McCoy (left) took a pounding from the Aggie defense, but led the Horns with 312 yards and 2 TDs passing to go with 48 yards and a TD on the ground.

 

Texas A&M kept their rivalry game with No. 3 Texas close most of the first half, but the Horns pulled away in the second half to defeat the Aggies 49-9, their first win over A&M in 3 years. Colt McCoy took a pounding from the Aggie defense, but led the Horns with 312 yards and 2 TDs passing to go with 48 yards and a TD on the ground. The Texas defense limited the Aggies to 12 first downs and 236 total gards.

On the opening possession of the game, The Aggies had an opportunity to force a 3-and-out on the Horns, but Texas overcame a third-and-11 with a 20-yard completion from Colt McCoy to Jordan Shipley. Texas went on to methodically drive 80 yards in 12 plays, with Colt McCoy scoring on a 14-yard scramble. The extra point by Ryan Bailey gave the Horns a 7-0 lead with 8:57 left in the first quarter.

After the Aggies went 3-and-out for the second straight possession, Texas drove to the Aggie 19-yard line before the A&M defense stiffened and forced a field goal attempt. The Ryan Bailey 36-yard field goal attempt missed wide left.

After another 3-and-out, a partially blocked Aggie punbt gave the Horns possession at the A&M 48-yard line. Texas converted on three third downs to drive 48 yards, with Colt McCoy finding Brandon Collins for a 20-yard touchdown. The extra point by Hunter Lawrence gave the Horns a 14-lead with 5:13 left in the first half.

On the ensuing possession, facing 3rd and 15 from their 5-yard line, Stephen McGee hit Mike Goodson on a screen pass out of the backfield and Goodson took it 54 yards to the Texas 41-yard line. The Aggies drove to the Horn 20-yard line before facing 4th-and-1 the Aggies elected to try a field goal rather than do for the first down. Randy Bullock booted the 37-yard field goal to get the Aggies on the board and cut the Horn lead to 14-3 with 1:51 left in the half.

That proved too much time to give Texas as the Horns drove 78 yards in 9 plays, with Quan Cosby scoring on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Colt McCoy. Lawrence's extra point gave the Horns a 21-3 halftime lead over the Aggies.

The Aggie defense did an admirable job the first half, holding Texas to 21 points and 260 yards while forcing the Horns to convert on 10 of 12 third down attempts. However, the Aggie offense was inept the first half, picking up only two first downs and 73 yards in the first half, with 54 of those coming on the 54-yard screen to Goodson.

The Aggies took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove to the Texas 24-yard line consuming alomost five minute of play, before a penalty and sack forced an Aggie punt. It took Texas just 5 plays to march 80 yards and Colt McCoy scoring on a 16-yard quarterback draw. Lawrence's extra point extended the Horn lead to 28-3 midway through the third quarter.

Texas A&M mounted a 14-play drive to the Texas 22-yard line, consuming over 7 minutes, before Randy Bullock missed a 49-yard field goal attempt wide right. On the last play of the third quarter, Colt McCoy found Jordan Shipley over the middle and Shipley took it 68 yards to the Aggie 1-yard line. Cody Johnson scored on on a 1-yard dive the third play of the fourth quarter to give the Horns a 35-3 lead.

The Aggie attempted a reverse pass from Ryan Tannehill, but Tannehill fumbled when tackled by Brian Orakpo and Henry Melton recovered for the Horns at the Aggie 32-yard line. Two plays later Cody Johnson took the ball around end for 23-yard touchdown run to give the Horns a commanding 42-3 lead.

After a 62-yard kickoff return by Cyrus Gray, Jerrod Johnson came back on to throw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Fuller to cut the lead to 42-9 with 11:23 left in the game. Texas sent in John Chiles in relief of Colt McCoy, and the Aggies were able to force the first Texas punt since the first quarter.

After an Aggie punt, Texas used eight straight rushing plays to drive 81 yards, including a 61-yard run by Cody Johnson, and John Chiles ran in from the 2-yard line to give the Horns a 49-9 lead with 2:13 left in the game.

The Aggies drove to the Texas 34-yard line before time ran out with No. 3 Texas (11-1) defeating the Texas A&M (4-8) by a score of 49 to 9.

The Aggies now look for a solid recruiting class to help make up the talent deficit they have experienced this year and to build upon a strong young nucleus next season.


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