7:00 PM ET, September 23, 2006
Kyle Field, COLLEGE STATION, TX
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 Saturday.
"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."
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 adversity."
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 was."
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 later.
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.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||2-14||6-12|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-0|
|TD||0:07||PATRICK JACKSON 24 YD RUN (DANNY HORWEDEL KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 24 yards.
|TD||9:37||JORVORSKIE LANE 25 YD RUN (LAYNE NEUMANN KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 31 yards.
|TD||4:29||CHRIS ALEXANDER 5 YD PASS FROM STEPHEN MCGEE (LAYNE NEUMANN KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 52 yards.
|TD||13:47||KERRY FRANKS 64 YD PASS FROM STEPHEN MCGEE (LAYNE NEUMANN KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||8:30||JORVORSKIE LANE 1 YD RUN (LAYNE NEUMANN KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 63 yards.
|TD||0:30||CHRIS ALEXANDER 2 YD PASS FROM STEPHEN MCGEE (LAYNE NEUMANN KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 99 yards.
|FG||11:18||LAYNE NEUMANN 25 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 49 yards.
|TD||10:15||JOSH WHEELER 20 YD PASS FROM ZAC CHAMPION (DANNY HORWEDEL KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 70 yards.
|TD||0:05||JAMIE MCCOY 35 YD RUN (LAYNE NEUMANN KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 55 yards.