12:30 PM ET, October 1, 2005
Kyle Field, COLLEGE STATION, TX
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 remaining.
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 we were."
Texas A&M had eight penalties for 61 yards, the majority of them on offense.
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 lost."
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.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||9-19||5-16|
|4th Down Conversions||0-2||2-2|
|FG||12:28||RYAN HAVENS 26 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 71 yards.
|TD||8:03||JORVORSKIE LANE 1 YD RUN (TODD PEGRAM KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 45 yards.
|TD||8:03||TRENT SHELTON 3 YD PASS FROM SHAWN BELL (RYAN HAVENS KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 57 yards.
|FG||0:56||TODD PEGRAM 25 YD FG|
Drive info: 17 plays, 86 yards.
|TD||0:00||COURTNEY LEWIS 13 YD RUN|
Drive info: 3 plays, 25 yards.
|FG||0:00||RYAN HAVENS 21 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 21 yards.