Nov. 13, 2010
WACO, Texas (AP) - Cyrus Gray ran for 137 yards and scored three of his career-high four touchdowns in the second half as No. 23 Texas A&M rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit for a 42-30 win over Baylor on Saturday night.
The win is Texas A&M's fourth straight victory and the seventh win of the season, surpassing last year's six-win finish.
The Aggies (7-3, 4-2 Big 12) trailed 30-21 at halftime before Gray scored on runs of 13 and 10 yards in the third quarter to give Texas A&M its first lead at 35-30. Baylor (7-4, 4-3) led 30-14 midway through the second quarter after Jay Finley's third touchdown.
Gray's fourth score came on a 1-yard run with about 6 minutes remaining. It was set up when Baylor turned the ball over on downs. His first score came in the second quarter.
The Bears were foiled by problems in the kicking game. Aaron Jones missed field-goal attempts from 27 and 39 yards in the second half, had a third one blocked just before halftime and missed an extra point.
It was Gray's fourth consecutive 100-yard game and his most touchdown since scoring three against Texas Tech last season.
Robert Griffin had 212 yards passing and ran for 92 yards and a touchdown. His 3,071 yards passing this season make him the first Baylor player to pass for 3,000 yards. Finley had 169 yards rushing to bring his season total to 1,073 to become the seventh player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for 280 yards and a touchdown to improve to 3-0 since taking over as starter.
Texas A&M's defense improved after halftime and held Finley to just 23 yards rushing in the second half.
Gray's third touchdown put Texas A&M on top for the first time, 35-30, with about four minutes left in the third quarter.
That score came after Baylor was forced to punt from its end zone after Von Miller sacked Griffin and forced a fumble on third down. After the kick and a 15-yard penalty for interference on the catch, Texas A&M got the ball at the Baylor 23.
Texas A&M cut Baylor's lead to 30-28 when Gray scored his second touchdown on a 13-yard scamper in the third quarter.
Jones missed a 27-yard field goal attempt on Baylor's first drive of the third quarter.
Finley leapt over the line and into the end zone on a 1-yard score late in the first quarter to make it 17-7. That play was set up by a fumble by Ryan Swope that gave Baylor the ball the Texas A&M 26. Gray's 4-yard run early in the second quarter got Texas A&M within 17-14.
Finley's second score, also a 1-yard run, stretched the lead to 24-14 in the second quarter.
Texas A&M had Swope's touchdown called back when he was penalized for offensive pass interference.
Finley's 69-yard touchdown run came after that, but Aaron Jones missed the extra point and it was 30-14.
Texas A&M's Kenric McNeal had two touchdowns called back on the Aggies' last drive before halftime because of penalties. The Aggies finally scored later in that drive when Tannehill found Swope on a 12-yard pass to make it 30-21 two minutes before halftime.
A field goal attempt by Jones on the last play of the first half was blocked and Terrance Frederick returned it 71 yards to the Baylor 1.
Griffin's 71-yard run, where he busted straight through the line and up the field, pushed Baylor's lead to 10-0 with about 8 1/2 minutes in the first quarter. That run came on Baylor's first play after a failed fourth down attempt by Texas A&M.
The Aggies answered quickly after Griffin's long run, with Coryell Judie returning the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown. It was his second straight game with a kickoff return for a touchdown after taking one back 100 yards last week.