Scores

Final

Texas A&M 28

(1-1, 1-0 away)

New Mexico 22

(0-2, 0-1 MW)

5:06 PM ET, September 6, 2008

University Stadium, ALBUQUERQUE, NM

1 2 3 4 T
TA&M 14 7 0 728
UNM 7 0 3 1222

Top Performers

Passing: J. Johnson (TA&M) - 124 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: R. Ferguson (UNM) - 19 CAR, 135 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Fuller (TA&M) - 3 REC, 36 YDS, 2 TD

Backup quarterback helps Aggies stop Lobos

Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Jerrod Johnson replaced the injured Stephen McGee and threw three touchdown passes as Texas A&M gave coach Mike Sherman his first win with the Aggies, 28-22 over New Mexico on Saturday.

Texas A&M (1-1), making its first trip to Albuquerque, survived New Mexico's swarming defensive scheme and bounced back from an embarrassing season-opening loss, 18-14 to Arkansas State.

Johnson completed 10-of-19 for 124 yards in place of McGee, who sprained his right shoulder on the opening series and didn't return. Aggies running back Mike Goodson also left with a sprained right knee, through he briefly returned in the second half.

Rodney Ferguson had 135 yards rushing and two TDs for New Mexico (0-2). He broke free on a 45-yard burst in the first quarter and added a late 1-yard TD run as the Lobos rallied for two scores in the final six minutes.

It wasn't enough to offset Johnson, who performed well under a full day of defensive pressure, and the Lobos couldn't overcome too many offensive mistakes.

Texas A&M made it 21-7 just before halftime, when Johnson threw a 6-yard TD pass to Fuller to cap a 93-yard drive. Fuller muscled the ball away from New Mexico cornerback DeAndre Wright.

The Lobos trailed 14-0 after Donovan Porterie's two early interceptions. He also had a fourth-quarter fumble that led to another Texas A&M touchdown.

Texas A&M's Jordan Peterson returned Porterie's first pick for a 48-yard TD. On the next series, Arkeith Brown took another interception 11 yards to New Mexico's 20 to set up Johnson's 21-yard TD strike to Jeff Fuller.

Still, the Lobos trailed 21-10 in the third quarter and seemed to be gaining traction when trouble struck again.

New Mexico's Ian Clark had a 32-yard punt return into Texas A&M territory but the Lobos couldn't capitalize when Paul Baker fumbled a few plays later. After forcing another Texas A&M punt, Clark broke a 34-yard return.

That's when Porterie mishandled a snap, and Texas A&M's Michael Bennett picked it up and rumbled 37 yards. The burley lineman missed out on a touchdown because he stepped out at New Mexico's 22.

From there, Johnson connected with Jamie McCoy on a 9-yard TD pass to put the Aggies ahead 28-10 with 13:20 remaining.

Porterie was 22-of-35 for 154 yards with two interceptions.

The Lobos, who have lost 11 straight games when the opponent scores first, dropped last weekend's opener to TCU. New Mexico's most recent 0-2 start under coach Rocky Long came during the 2000 season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TA&M
UNM
1st Downs1620
Total Yards236370
Passing144154
Rushing92216
Penalties10-629-75
3rd Down Conversions7-148-17
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers14
Possession30:1929:41

Passing Leaders

Texas A&MC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Johnson10/191246.530
New MexicoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Porterie22/351544.402

Rushing Leaders

Texas A&MCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gray10292.906
Stephens7253.6016
New MexicoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ferguson191357.1245
Porterie7456.4013

Receiving Leaders

Texas A&MRECYDSAVGTDLG
Tannehill35719.0022
Fuller33612.0221
New MexicoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hernandez6518.5012
Williams4389.5021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTA&MUNM
TD07:07Jordan Peterson 48 Yd Interception Return (Richie Bean Kick) 70
TD04:41Jeff Fuller 21 Yd Pass From Jerrod Johnson (Richie Bean Kick) 140
TD01:58Rodney Ferguson 45 Yd Run (James Aho Kick) 147
SECOND QUARTERTA&MUNM
TD00:51Jeff Fuller 10 Yd Pass From Jerrod Johnson (Richie Bean Kick) 217
THIRD QUARTERTA&MUNM
FG11:07James Aho 27 Yd 2110
FOURTH QUARTERTA&MUNM
TD13:20Jamie Mccoy 9 Yd Pass From Jerrod Johnson (Richie Bean Kick) 2810
TD05:55Paul Baker 5 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2816
TD00:34Rodney Ferguson 1 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2822