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Aggies hold off Cyclones - Texas A&M 24, Iowa State 21

October 28, 2001

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— Derek Farmer didn't have much to say about the play of the game. His big run said it all.

Farmer, a true freshman playing in his eighth college game, ran 65 yards for a touchdown with 5:08 to play as Texas A&M held off Iowa State for a 24-21 victory Saturday.

"Coach had the belief in me that I could get the first down," Farmer said. "It was third-and-short and they gave me the sweep. I took it to the next level. It was just me and number nine."

Trailing 17-7 in the fourth quarter, Iowa State (5-2, 3-2 in Big 12) rallied. DeAndre Phillips' 19-yard interception return to the A&M 41 set up a 20-yard touchdown pass from Seneca Wallace to Craig Campbell with 6:57 remaining.

But then Farmer produced the clinching TD for the Aggies (7-1, 4-1 Big 12).

Farmer neared the left sideline, barreled through safety Adam Runk and raced into the end zone on the longest run of his career and the longest for an Aggie this season, giving A&M a 24-14 lead.

"That was a heck of a run," quarterback Mark Farris said. "He gets so low."

After Farmer's TD run, Wallace scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:27 to play. Iowa State's onside kick failed and A&M ran out the clock.

Wallace completed 30 of 46 passes for a season-high 348 yards and two touchdowns. Walk-on Jack Whitver caught six passes for a career-best 111 yards and a touchdown.

"We were moving the ball up and down the field all day," Campbell said. "I don't think the best team won today. We had opportunities to score and we should have beat them. We have to be more than competitive on the road."

The Aggie defense held Ennis Haywood, the Big 12's leading rusher, to 69 yards on 18 carries. Farmer finished with 133 yards on 17 carries.

"We came out and threw the ball and our receivers made the right catches," Wallace said. "But it's deflating when you drive downfield and get field goals blocked."

The Cyclones were 0-for-4 on field goals attempts.

Two defensive plays helped the Aggies hold on for a 7-7 halftime deadlock.

Wallace completed his first four passes and took the Cyclones to the Aggie 9 on the game's first drive, but Tony Yelt's 26-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Rocky Bernard.

The Aggies took over and Dwain Goynes' 42-yard end around play set up a 1-yard dive by Joe Weber for a 7-0 lead.

Iowa State tied it early in the second quarter when Wallace hit Whitver along the sidelines for a 54-yard touchdown pass with Aggie defender Sean Weston trailing on the play.

The Cyclones got the ball in range for a 47-yard field goal attempt by Yelts with four seconds left in the half, but Marcus Jasmin broke thorough and blocked it.

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