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Aggies survive Army scare

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Texas A&M needed a last-second goal-line
stand on Saturday night to overcome its sloppiness and dodge an
upset.

Jorvorskie Lane rushed for 101 yards and three touchdowns and
Devin Gregg intercepted two passes as the Aggies beat Army 28-24 at
the Alamodome.

Stephen McGee threw a touchdown pass and ran for 142 yards for
the Aggies (3-0), who gained 262 of their 364 total yards on the
ground.

Wesley McMahand had two touchdown runs for the Black Knights
(1-2), who gave the mistake-plagued Aggies a surprising nail-biter
before a crowd of 64,583, many of them dressed in military garb.

The Aggies didn't secure the win until linebacker Misi Tupe led
a pack of defenders to stop running back Tony Moore from inside the
10-yard line on the game's last play.

"We attacked and had tremendous pursuit and that paid off,"
said A&M coach Dennis Franchione.

Army coach Bobby Ross called the play because it had worked
earlier in the game.

"Hindsight is 20-20 and maybe we could've done something
else," he said. "At the time, we thought we did what we had to
do."

The nervous ending came after Army defensive end Cameron Craig
stuffed Lane for a 4-yard loss on a fourth down from the Army 30.

Franchione opted not to punt and regretted the decision.

"I felt like if we make it, the game is pretty much in our
hands," he said. "I wish I'd have punted now, I guess, but it all
worked out."

A&M safety Melvin Bullitt was called for pass interference,
giving the Black Knights a first-and-goal at the 2 with 13 seconds
left. David Pevoto threw an incomplete pass before Moore, a
freshman, got the ball on the decisive play. The Aggies were
waiting and broke into a celebration as the final seconds ticked
off.

"Our defense really rose up on that series," Franchione said.
"I think we grew up a lot on that series."

The defensive stop salvaged a sloppy effort. The Aggies had
three fumbles and committed seven penalties for 59 yards.

"We didn't have a lot of miscues," he said, "but every one of
them we had was costly."

Lane scored six minutes into the game, but the Black Knights
answered immediately, helped by two personal-foul penalties. Pevoto
found Walter Hill on a quick slant to convert a third-and-10 and
McMahand scored on a six-yard run.

McGee found Howard Morrow for a 20-yard gain late in opening
quarter and Army was called for a late hit, giving A&M a
first-and-goal. But the Aggies were penalized twice before Army
defensive tackle Tony Fusco blocked Matt Szymanski's field-goal
try.

A bad punt by A&M's Justin Brantly gave Army the ball at the
Aggies' 43. On first down, receiver Corey Anderson took a pitch on
a reverse, broke two tackles and carried a third A&M defender into
the end zone.

McGee had two long runs on A&M's next possession and Lane had
his second one-yard TD run with 7:12 left in the half.

Gregg intercepted Pevoto's first pass after the break at the
Army 46. McGee then took a pitch from Lane on a flea flicker and
threw a 46-yard touchdown strike to Chad Schroeder.

The Aggies' defense forced an Army punt, but Schroeder fumbled
it at the A&M 37. McMahand cut across the field on a 21-yard
touchdown run with 11:42 left in the third quarter.

The 6-foot, 274-pound Lane carried five times for 45 yards on
A&M's ensuing 80-yard drive and he scored again with 6:29 left.

Aided by another personal-foul penalty, the Black Knights
marched to the Aggies' 10 before Gregg intercepted a deflected pass
at the 4-yard line.

Austin Miller kicked a 41-yard field goal to cut A&M's lead.

McGee fell a half-yard short of a first down on a third-down run
with 2:58 left and A&M coach Dennis Franchione decided to go for it
after losing an appeal of the spot.

Craig then made the play on Lane to set up the wild ending.

"I felt like our team, as a whole, played pretty well," Ross
said. "We did a lot of nice things. I'm very proud of our team."

The game, technically an Army home game, had a patriotic feel,
with uniformed cadets from both schools sprinkled among the mostly
maroon-clad capacity crowd.

Each marching band paraded through downtown San Antonio on
Saturday afternoon and the Army's Corps of Cadets performed its
traditional pre-game march usually reserved for Michie Stadium.