COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- A sloppy win filled with turnovers
and penalties wasn't what Texas A&M had in mind for exacting
revenge on Baylor.
But the Aggies will take it.
Courtney Lewis scored on a 13-yard run in overtime to give Texas
A&M a 16-13 come-from-behind victory over Baylor on Saturday, the
second straight year the Big 12 rivals have gone to OT.
"We are kind of the king of ugly wins right now," Texas A&M
coach Dennis Franchione said. "We did not move the ball well on a
consistent basis ... but you just need to win by one."
After Baylor's Ryan Havens kicked a 21-yard field goal to start
the first overtime, Texas A&M ran two plays before Lewis scampered
to the end zone untouched.
The Aggies lost 35-34 to Baylor in overtime last season when
they were ranked 16th.
Trailing 10-7, Texas A&M (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) converted two fourth
downs on a 17-play, 86-yard drive that ended on Todd Pegram's
25-yard field goal with less than a minute remaining to send the
game to overtime.
"We always kept our faith," said Aggies quarterback Reggie
McNeal. "Bad game or not, we always feel like the next drive we're
going to make something happen. We'll just go down there and find a
way to score."
Texas A&M's normally explosive offense was held in check for
most of the game and was horrible in the first half. The Aggies
managed just three first downs and 70 yards before halftime,
compared to 12 first downs and 173 yards for Baylor (3-1, 0-1).
McNeal was off for most of the day, finishing 12-of-31 with two
first-half interceptions for 132 yards. He often overthrew
receivers and looked frustrated. He had thrown for more than 300
yards in each of his last two outings.
But he led the offense when the Aggies needed it most. McNeal
ran for a first down on fourth-and-1 early in the team's game-tying
drive, and eight plays later he found Chad Schroeder, who made a
juggling catch for a 13-yard gain on fourth-and-7 with 2:27
Franchione sent out the punt team on the fourth-and-1 before
players convinced him to go for the first down.
"Just go out there and make something happen," receiver Jason
Carter said Franchione told the team when he decided not to punt.
McNeal said there were simple explanations for the poor
performance of the offense.
"We were killing ourselves with penalties and little
mistakes," he said. "They were just playing a little harder than
Texas A&M had eight penalties for 61 yards, the majority of them
Baylor took the lead when Shawn Bell found Trent Shelton for a
3-yard score in the third quarter.
The Bears had a chance to extend their lead early in the fourth
quarter, but Havens missed a 42-yard field goal. He also missed a
field goal in the second quarter.
"We take no satisfaction in coming down here and just playing
close," Baylor coach Guy Morriss said. "We came here to win this
football game. We just didn't execute well enough offensively to
beat a good team like Texas A&M."
Baylor scored on its first possession when Havens kicked a
26-yard field goal.
Texas A&M took a 7-3 lead later in the first quarter when
Jorvorskie Lane bulled in from the 1-yard line.
Baylor got inside the A&M 5 twice more in the first half but
could not convert, failing on fourth-and-1 the first time.
Just a couple of plays later, Anthony Airline intercepted
McNeal's pass on the Aggies' 18. Bell's 14-yard pass to Shaun
Rochon got the Bears to the 4, but Bell fumbled the next snap and
Texas A&M recovered.
"You have to go into the red zone and score every time," Bell
said. "We didn't put points on the board, and that's why we
Bell was 25-of-45 for 222 yards and a touchdown. Paul Mosley had
22 carries for 139 yards.
Baylor fell to 0-37 on the road in the Big 12. The last time the
Bears had a three-game winning streak was 2003, when Texas A&M beat
them 73-10 at College Station.