Texas A&M 73, Baylor 10
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M found out Saturday that it's much more fun to score points than to give them up.
The big victory came one week after the Aggies gave up their most points in history in a 59-28 loss to Texas Tech.
"I had fun doing both (running and passing) and just being able to make plays," McNeal said. "We're just trying to get our mojo back and that started with a good week of practice and now we need another good week to take the next step."
The Aggies (3-3, 1-1 in Big 12) quickly brought Baylor (3-3, 1-1) down from the Bears' 42-30 upset of Colorado with a 28-point second quarter for a 38-10 halftime lead.
"Anytime you get shellacked like we did last week, you either come back or you get beat again," safety Jaxson Appel said. "We decided it was more fun to get the victory. We're trying to get our swagger back."
A&M kept rolling with a big-play third quarter that included a 1-yard TD run by McNeal, the 91-yard pass from McNeal to Taylor and Courtney Lewis' 86-yard run for his second TD of the day.
The Aggies scored their most points since beating TCU 74-10 in 1986 and the Bears lost their 30th straight conference road game. Baylor's last league victory on the road was in 1995 against Southwest Conference foe SMU.
"We challenged them from last Saturday about being leaders," Aggie coach Dennis Franchione said. "I can't lead this team all by myself and we had some guys step up today.
"It was easy to be a leader today but it took leaders to get us to today and to respond."
McNeal was 9-of-14 for 199 yards with no interceptions, and ran eight times for 61 yards. The Aggies had double 100-yard rushers for the first time since JaMar Toombs and Dante Hall in 1997. Lewis ran for 158 yards on 12 carries and Derek Farmer had 117 yards on 11 carries.
Baylor's Rashad Armstrong, the Big 12's leading rusher, gained 22 yards on 18 carries.
"You never expect to get beat like this," Baylor linebacker Stephen Sepulveda said. "I don't know what kind of a person would expect something like this. We go out expecting to win every game."
The Aggies get warmed up until they got 28 points on Appel's 64-yard interception return for a score, McNeal's 2-yard TD run, a 1-yard touchdown dive by Lewis and McNeal's 8-yard touchdown pass to Taylor.
McNeal hit tight end Andy Matakis with a 6-yard touchdown pass and Todd Pegram kicked a 22-yard field goal in the first quarter and the Bears got a 46-yard field goal from Kenny Webb.
The Bears had sustained a long drive until they reached A&M's 35 as the second quarter started.
On the second play of the quarter, Karas threw a pass intended for Jonathan Evans but it went right to Appel, who ran untouched for his first career interception TD return.
"It all started with that interception," Baylor coach Guy Morriss said. "Last week everything went our way and today nothing went our way. We couldn't put the brakes on and get it stopped. I just couldn't see this one coming."
This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index
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