Scores

Final

Texas A&M 21

(4-7, 2-5 SEC)

Baylor 41

(4-7, 2-5 Big 12)

4:05 PM ET, November 15, 2008

Floyd Casey Stadium, Waco, TX

1 2 3 4 T
TA&M 0 7 0 1421
BAY 3 17 21 041

Top Performers

Passing: R. Griffin III (BAY) - 241 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Finley (BAY) - 23 CAR, 116 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Wright (BAY) - 4 REC, 71 YDS, 1 TD

Baylor's win ends Texas A&M's hopes for bowl bid

Associated Press

WACO, Texas -- With a couple of long passes and some nifty pitches, Robert Griffin helped lead Baylor to a rare victory over Texas A&M that ensured the turnover-plagued Aggies a losing season.

Griffin threw touchdown passes of 31 and 55 yards and Jacoby Jones ran for two scores after taking late pitches from Griffin in Baylor's 41-21 victory Saturday. It was only the second time the Bears won in their last 23 meetings against Texas A&M.

The Aggies (4-7, 2-5 Big 12) came in with slim bowl hopes in their first season under coach Mike Sherman, but had five turnovers. That included two interceptions by linebacker Joe Pawelek, the second coming in the end zone in the fourth quarter.

Jay Finley added a 12-yard TD run for Baylor (4-7, 2-5), which played its home finale for first-year coach Art Briles.

Griffin, an 18-year-old freshman, didn't start the season opener at home in late August. But he entered that game before halftime and has started ever since. The dual-threat quarterback has accounted for a school-record 25 touchdowns (14 passing, 11 rushing).

Jones had a clear path to the end zone along the right sideline for a 12-yard TD that made it 13-0 after Griffin, while shedding a tackler, pitched the ball. Then on a fourth-and-1 late in the third quarter, Jones scored on an 18-yard run when Griffin got rid of the ball just before being slammed to the ground by a defender.

Griffin was 13-of-23 for 241 yards and added 56 yards on 12 rushes. Finley carried 23 times for 116 yards.

The Aggies' Jerrod Johnson was 19-of-30 for 244 yards with four interceptions and a late touchdown. He had only four passes picked off in his first eight games before throwing two in A&M's 66-28 loss to Oklahoma last week.

Jorvorskie Lane scored on a pair of 1-yard runs, increasing his A&M school records to 49 career rushing TDs and 50 overall.

Baylor led 6-0 after Ben Parks had field goals of 42 and 28 yards, the first on the Bears' opening drive of the game and the second after Leon Freeman recovered a fumble caused when Johnson was tackled from behind by Zac Scotton.

Dwain Crawford's interception set up the drive that led to Jones' first TD and included Griffin's 49-yard pass to Ernest Smith to convert a third-and-14.

The Aggies finally scored when Lane plunged in over the left side after Johnson's 51-yard pass to Mike Goodson, who made a leaping, stretching catch between three defenders.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TA&M
BAY
1st Downs1425
Total Yards308510
Passing244241
Rushing64269
Penalties5-405-50
3rd Down Conversions2-99-16
4th Down Conversions1-11-2
Turnovers50
Possession22:4037:20

Passing Leaders

Texas A&MC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Johnson19/302448.114
BaylorC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Griffin13/2324110.520

Rushing Leaders

Texas A&MCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson7314.4013
Gray4235.8016
BaylorCARYDSAVGTDLG
Finley231165.0130
Griffin12564.7029

Receiving Leaders

Texas A&MRECYDSAVGTDLG
Goodson37725.7051
Tannehill46716.8037
BaylorRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wright47117.8131
White37023.3155

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTA&MBAY
FG05:29Ben Parks 42 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERTA&MBAY
FG12:13Ben Parks 28 Yd 06
TD06:39Jacoby Jones 12 Yd Run (Ben Parks Kick) 013
TD04:07Jorvorskie Lane 1 Yd Run (Randy Bullock Kick) 713
TD01:30Kendall Wright 31 Yd Pass From Robert Griffin (Ben Parks Kick) 720
THIRD QUARTERTA&MBAY
TD13:26Thomas White 55 Yd Pass From Robert Griffin (Ben Parks Kick) 727
TD03:38Jay Finley 13 Yd Run (Ben Parks Kick) 734
TD01:41Jacoby Jones 18 Yd Run (Ben Parks Kick) 741
FOURTH QUARTERTA&MBAY
TD08:49Jorvorskie Lane 1 Yd Run (Jerrod Johnson Pass To Jeff Fuller For Two-Point Conversion) 1541
TD03:45Jeff Fuller 5 Yd Pass From Jerrod Johnson (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2141