Archive for Sunday, October 7, 2001

Aggies rally, survive late scare from Bears - Texas A&M 16, Baylor 10

October 7, 2001


— Texas A&M;'s defense is still perfect in the last quarter. The Aggies's record is unblemished, too.

No. 24 Texas A&M; (5-0, 2-0 Big 12), which has yet to allow any points in the final quarter, spotted Baylor a 10-3 first-half lead Saturday, then held the Bears scoreless in the second half in a 16-10 victory.

"I was pleased our guys showed character enough to hang in there and win the game," coach R.C. Slocum said.

Keith Joseph ran 6 yards for a touchdown and Cody Scates kicked three field goals to account for A&M;'s scoring and send Baylor (2-2, 0-2) to its 23rd straight conference loss.

"We just didn't play nearly as sharply as we needed to, particularly from an offensive standpoint," Slocum said.

The Bears, who never have won a Big 12 road game, had a chance in the final minute after Scates missed a 48-yard field-goal attempt.

Baylor ran six plays in the last 37 seconds. A desperation toss by Greg Cicero from A&M;'s 40 was batted away in the end zone with two seconds left, then another pass into a crowded end zone was intercepted by Dawon Gentry as time ran out.

"We just needed that one big play," Baylor coach Kevin Steele said. "I thought we were going to make that last play in the game. We put the ball in the right spot."

Baylor has not defeated the Aggies since 1985, going 0-15-1.

"I've said we have a good football team but a loss is a loss," Steele said. "We're much closer than what most people think."

With Baylor ahead 10-3, Scates kicked a 30-yard field goal on the Aggies' first possession of the second half.

On the Aggies' next possession, Joseph capped an 85-yard, nine-play drive by spinning into the end zone from 6 yards out to give the Aggies their first lead, 13-10.

Baylor threatened to tie the game at 13 with just over 12 minutes to go, but linebacker Marcus Jasmin blocked a 33-yard field-goal attempt by Daniel Andino.

After an exchange of punts, Texas A&M; drove to the Baylor 9 before stalling. Scates kicked his third field goal from 22 yards away with 3:37 to go in the game.

In the early going, the Aggies showed little of the crispness that marked their manhandling of Notre Dame a week ago.

"You're coming off a big, emotional game last week and it's a whole different atmosphere this week," Slocum said. "The players become a part of that."

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