Oct. 28, 2006
WACO, Texas (AP) - Martellus Bennett rumbled 75 yards on one of his two touchdown catches and Mike Goodson added a game-clinching 64-yard TD run with 2:15 left to give No. 22 Texas A&M a 31-21 victory over Baylor on Saturday night.
A&M's Layne Neumann, who had a 22-yard field goal attempt blocked by Braelon Davis on the first play of the fourth quarter, kicked a tie-breaking 22-yard field goal with 6:32 left.
Texas A&M (8-1, 4-1 Big 12) had a third-and-4 when Goodson broke to the left sideline and raced virtually untouched to the end zone. A replay showed the freshman may have dropped the ball just before crossing the goal line, but Baylor couldn't challenge since it had called its final timeout before the play.
The Aggies finished with their largest margin in a Big 12 game, the previous four decided by six points or less. They've won four in a row since a 31-27 loss to Texas Tech.
Baylor (4-5, 3-2) went three-and-out after Davis' blocked field goal. Texas A&M answered with the go-ahead drive, Bennett's 17-yard catch converting a third-and-13.
Bennett, the 6-foot-7, 248-pound tight end, caught five passes for 133 yards. Jorvorskie Lane, the bruising 274-pound runner, ran 13 times for 53 yards and his 17th TD, a 2-yard run.
The Battle of the Brazos - named for the river that touches both college towns only about 90 miles apart - had gone to overtime the past two years. Baylor won at home in 2004, its only victory in the series since 1985, when Dominique Zeigler caught a 2-point conversion.
Zeigler caught five passes for 180 yards Saturday, including a 79-yard TD in the first quarter that gave Baylor its only lead.
With Baylor having a chance to get over .500 and within one victory of bowl eligibility for the first time since 1994, there was a record crowd of 51,385 on the Waco campus. Still, it was split roughly half-and-half with fans from both schools.
Bennett gave Texas A&M a 21-14 halftime lead when he took a third-down dump pass from Stephen McGee, broke an initial tackle and rumbled down the field. The Bears didn't get another hand on him until Anthony Arline tripped Bennett, and he fell into the end zone.
After Bennett's 3-yard TD in the first quarter, Neumann's extra-point attempt was wide left.
Baylor needed only two plays to take the lead. Shawn Bell hit Zeigler wide open at midfield behind the entire secondary, and Ryan Havens' PAT made it 7-6.
The two teams traded long TD drives in the second quarter, Lane's TD capping a 13-play, 87-yard drive.
Mikail Baker returned the ensuring kickoff to the A&M 21, but a block in the back penalty made the Bears instead start at their own 9. Zeigler had catches of 49 and 29 yards before Brandon Whitaker's 3-yard run made it 14-all.
Texas A&M, one of only four teams averaging more than 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing, had more than 200 in both categories in the same game for only the second time. The Aggies had 507 total yards - 292 rushing and 215 passing.
McGee was 12-of-21 passing, and ran 17 times for 89 yards.
Shawn Bell had his school-record 11th straight 200-yard passing game for Baylor, hitting 14-of-20 for 260 yards and a touchdown. Bell sprained a ligament in his right knee in the fourth quarter and didn't play the final series. He will have an MRI on Sunday.
Zeigler had four catches for 166 yards by halftime, that accounting for most of his team's 190 yards.
Paul Mosley's 1-yard run capped Baylor's opening drive of the second half, and tied the game at 21.