Texas Tech 59, Texas A&M 28

Updated: October 5, 2003, 12:50 PM ET

LUBBOCK, Texas -- It was B.J. Symons' first game against rival Texas A&M, and the Texas Tech quarterback made sure the Aggies will remember it.

Symons threw a Big 12-record eight touchdown passes and topped 500 yards passing for the third straight game as the Red Raiders beat A&M 59-28 Saturday night.

"I guess it means a lot when we win," Symons said of his record. "This being my only time I've stepped on the field against A&M, I think I made up for lost time, but it just feels good to win more than anything else."

Symons was 34-of-46 for 505 yards and broke the conference mark of seven TDs set by A&M's Dustin Long last year in Tech's 48-47 overtime win in College Station.

Symons leads the nation in passing with 2,467 yards and 24 touchdowns. There still seven regular-season games left.

He left the game with 11:48 remaining, having thrown TD passes of 17, 19, 48, 13, 14, 15, 8 and 16 yards.

"Every play worked tonight," Tech coach Mike Leach said. "We weren't foolproof, but a lot of credit goes to B.J. Symons. He is making good decisions. The offensive line gave him great protection"

Aggie coach Dennis Franchione said Tech's offense was everything he expected. The Red Raiders (4-1, 1-0 Big 12) finished with 669 total yards to 489 for A&M (2-3, 0-1), which has lost three straight.

"We're not the first they've done it to, but we certainly hoped we would be the one that slowed them down," Franchione said. "We tried to do a lot of different things, but for everything we tried, they had an answer."

It was the third straight week that Symons set a conference record. Last week he passed for 661 yards and six TDs in a 49-45 victory at Mississippi, breaking the mark of 586 yards he set the week before in a 49-21 loss at North Carolina State.

"What you saw today out there on that field is what we see everyday in practice," said Tech defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich. "The ball goes up and down the field."

Wes Welker led the Red Raiders in receiving with 114 yards on six catches, and scored twice. He finished the game with 194 career receptions to break the school record of 189 set by Lloyd Hill.

Carlos Francis (110 yards) and Mickey Peters (75) and Glover (97) also each caught six passes, with Glover scoring three TDs.

Glover said it looked like the Aggies' spirit broke in the second quarter.

"They were walking on the field looking totally lazy," he said. "It looked like they didn't want to play anymore. I was disappointed in them, because this is supposed to be a rivalry game."

Tech jumped to a 17-0 lead and never trailed in the game. Symons had 305 yards at halftime.

A&M allowed the most points in school history. The previous high was 57 points by Texas in 1977. It was also the most points ever against a Franchione-coached team.

The 31-point margin of victory was the second-largest by Tech in the 62-game series between the schools, surpassed only in 1954, when Tech went to College Station and beat the Bear Bryant-coached Aggies 41-9.

Symons fell 47 yards short of the NCAA three-game record for passing yards -- 1,798 -- set by Houston's David Klingler over the 1990-91 seasons.

"When we execute the way we can, I feel like nobody can stop us," Symons said. "If we come out and we're in that groove, it just kind of snowballs from there."

The Aggies didn't score until Courtney Lewis' 3-yard TD run early in the second quarter.

Tech has won the last three games against A&M and has five straight wins in Lubbock. The Red Raiders also have won seven of the last nine.

"Our kids knew that coming in here we were going to have a tough time," Franchione said. "It will be interesting to see how we bounce back from this one."

Unlike two years ago, Tech fans stayed in their seats instead of storming the field when the game ended. Their behavior might have been because the late-starting game ended at nearly 1 a.m. Sunday, or because the contest wasn't close.

After Tech beat the Aggies 12-0 in 2001, fans in Lubbock tore down the goalposts and rammed them into a portion of the stands where some Aggie fans remained, sparking a melee.

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