Posted by Tom Fornelli
TEXAS A&M WON. The Aggies put together their best game in weeks. Yes, the A&M defense gave up quite a few yards, but most teams do when going against this Baylor offense. The biggest difference was that the A&M offense put its foot on the gas pedal in the second quarter and never took it off. Ryan Tannehill finished the day with 415 yards and 6 touchdown passes and Ryan Swope was by far his favorite target. Swope had 11 receptions for 206 yards and a school record of 4 touchdowns. Texas A&M's offense would finish with 679 yards of total offense.
WHY TEXAS A&M WON. While Texas A&M's defense didn't have a strong performance, it was still better than that of Baylor's. The Aggies were able to get pressure on Robert Griffin throughout the day, and also made some key stops, none bigger than on a 4th and goal in the fourth quarter. Texas A&M even managed to intercept a pass, which was only the second time Griffin had been picked off all season, and A&M's first interception in a span of 23 quarters. Combine that with an offense that refused to be stopped, and the Aggies proved to be too much to handle.
WHEN TEXAS A&M WON. The aforementioned stop on fourth and goal. At the time Baylor was trailing 41-28 and looking to cut A&M's lead, but the Aggies blitzed and got to Griffin, causing him to heave up a prayer as he was being dragged down. It landed incomplete, and seven plays later Tannehill was throwing his sixth score of the day to Uzoma Nwachukwu to seal it.
WHAT TEXAS A&M WON. First and foremost, the Aggies won a conference game that it needed after losing to Oklahoma State three weeks ago and is back to 2-1 in Big 12 play. What the Aggies also got was a bit of revenge on Baylor. You'll remember that when the Aggies announced they were leaving for the SEC, it was Baylor that through a wrench in the process by threatening litigation. So this one had to taste a bit sweeter because of it.
WHAT BAYLOR LOST. For all intents and purposes, Baylor's chance to win the Big 12 this season has been erased. The Bears now fall to 1-2 in Big 12 play, and will have to be resigned to the chance to play spoiler down the stretch.
THAT WAS CRAZY. After both Baylor and Texas A&M combined for only 10 points through the first 21 minutes of the game, both teams managed to put up 21 points while taking less than 2 minutes off the game clock about halfway through the second quarter. In that span, both offenses ran 11 plays for 230 yards.