Coach Fran, Aggies win amidst scandal

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Stephen McGee and Jorvorskie Lane each ran for over 100 yards and a touchdown as Texas A&M beat Baylor 34-10 on Saturday amid the controversy over a secret newsletter swirling around coach Dennis Franchione.

The Aggies (4-1, 1-0 Big 12) got a much-needed win after Franchione was caught giving inside information about his team to boosters who paid $1,200 per year to receive it in a newsletter. Franchione said he discontinued the newsletter two weeks ago, but it became public this week.

That firestorm followed a humbling 34-17 loss to Miami on Sept. 20 that restarted calls for Franchione to lose his job from A&M fans.

The Aggies' performance on Saturday should make everyone feel a little better.

Mike Goodson had an electrifying TD catch and the Aggies' defense did the rest, holding the Bears to only seven first downs and 60 yards rushing.

The Aggies rushed for 352 yards and won time of possession by more than 26 minutes to beat Baylor for the 11th time in the last 12 meetings. The Bears (3-2, 0-1) had a three-game winning streak snapped and haven't won at Kyle Field since 1984.

McGee ran for 110 yards and threw for 200. Lane rushed for a season-high 123 yards after carrying only twice for 2 yards in the loss at Miami.

The Bears averaged 411 yards in their first four games, but the Aggies held them to two first downs and 68 yards in the first half. Blake Szymanski, third in the Big 12 in total offense coming in, completed only five of his first 20 throws.

But Texas A&M kicker Matt Szymanski (no relation) missed field goals at the end of two long drives, and the teams were tied 3-3 midway through the second quarter.

With about two minutes left in the half, Goodson made the play of the game, grabbing a short pass from McGee with one hand, breaking three tackles and outrunning the defense to the end zone.

The 58-yard touchdown was A&M's longest since McGee's 75-yard throw to Martellus Bennett in last year's win over Baylor.

McGee threw a 48-yard pass down the middle to Kerry Franks on A&M's first drive of the third quarter, and Lane bulled into the end zone with 10:45 remaining.

Bears receivers dropped balls all day, and on their next series, A&M cornerback Marquis Carpenter intercepted a pass that bounced off Ernest Smith's hands. Matt Szymanski kicked a 23-yard field goal with 7:36 left in the third quarter to stretch the lead to 20-3.

He missed another field goal attempt with 14:52 left in the game. Two plays later, Blake Szymanski threw a 69-yard pass to David Gettis to the Aggies 3-yard line. Freshman fullback Jay Finley followed with his first career touchdown run as the Bears trimmed the deficit to 20-10.

A&M mounted an 11-play drive and McGee scored from 2 yards out with 5:39 to go. Backup quarterback Jerrod Johnson scored with 1:42 left to cap the scoring.


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