Texas A&M 45, Louisiana Tech 14

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Texas A&M expected to win its
first four games. But that doesn't diminish how sweet it was to
actually do it.

Stephen McGee threw three touchdown passes and Jorvorskie Lane
ran for two scores to lead the Aggies to a 45-14 win over Louisiana
Tech on Saturday night in a game that started 2 hours late because
of lightning.

McGee completed 19 of 28 passes for a career-best 318 yards for
the Aggies (4-0), who open Big 12 play against Texas Tech next

"If someone would've said this is where you would be after the
first four, I would've probably been pretty excited," said A&M
coach Dennis Franchione.

The Aggies are 4-0 for the first time since they won their first
five games in 2001, two years before Franchione arrived.

"It's awesome," McGee said. "We're rolling. But when it's all
said and done, we might as well be 0-0 going into the Big 12."

Chris Alexander caught two of McGee's TD passes and Kerry Franks
caught the other one as A&M outgained the Bulldogs 489-302 to
overcome 12 penalties.

McGee threw only 11 passes in last week's 28-24 win over Army.
This week, he found 11 different receivers, tying a school record
set two weeks ago in a 51-7 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

"I had all day to throw and all the guys were getting open,"
McGee said. "We really did a good job of fixing our mistakes early
on, bouncing back and really clicking as an offensive unit."

Patrick Jackson ran for 81 yards and a touchdown for the
Bulldogs (1-2), who dropped to 4-20 against the Big 12 and 0-9
against the Aggies.

Louisiana Tech drove into A&M territory on three of its first
four possessions, but came away with nothing, mostly because
quarterback Zac Champion started 4-for-15.

The Aggies were shackled with bad field position in the opening
quarter and didn't get their initial first down until the final
minute. But then McGee fumbled at the Aggies' 24 and Jackson scored
on the next play.

"We started off slow and weren't hitting on all cylinders,"
said McGee. "Our defense did a good job of making sure we stayed
in the game."

In the second quarter, Tech punt returner Chris Riser recovered
his own fumble inside the Aggies' 10. A&M's defense forced a punt
and Lane finished a short drive with a 25-yard touchdown run.

McGee capped A&M's next possession with a five-yard TD pass to
Alexander, a fullback, and the Aggies led 14-7 at halftime.

On the second play after the break, McGee threw a wobbly 64-yard
TD pass to Franks, who was wide open behind Tech's secondary.

"The young man's getting better each week," Franchione said of
McGee, who made his fifth career start. "We're able to do more
things and he's kind of caught up with that."

The Aggies were aided by two pass interference calls later in
the third quarter and Lane scored on a 1-yard run, his Big
12-leading 10th TD of the season.

"We came out in the third quarter and just took over," McGee
said. "That's the mark of a good team to respond and fight through

Champion threw a 53-yard strike to Dennis Morris to give the
Bulldogs a first-and-goal at the Aggies' 5. But on third down,
Champion fumbled the snap and A&M cornerback Devin Gregg recovered
at the 1.

"We came up big when we needed it most," said Gregg.

Chad Schroeder, A&M's leading receiver, then took a short pass
from McGee and sprinted 63 yards down the sideline. McGee found
Alexander in the end zone again to complete the 99-yard drive.

"Somehow, we let it get away from us," said Tech coach Jack
Bicknell. "That certainly should've been a closer game than it

Layne Neumann kicked a 25-yard field goal early in the fourth
quarter. Champion threw a 20-yard TD pass to Josh Wheeler a minute

Champion finished 13-for-31 for 229 yards.

"It was one of those games that was just tough," said
Champion. "We thought we were the better team coming out."

Third-string quarterback Jamie McCoy had a 35-yard TD run on the
second-to-last play.

The Aggies have outscored three opponents 131-24 at Kyle Field.
They needed a last-second goal-line stand to beat Army 28-24 last
week in San Antonio.


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