A&M upends Montana St.

COLLEGE STATION, TX -- Stephen McGee had 112 yards passing and added 121 yards rushing and two touchdowns to lead No. 25 Texas A&M to a 38-7 win over Montana State on Saturday night.

The Bobcats scored first but the Aggies scored 38 straight points to improve to 5-0 in home openers under coach Dennis Franchione.

The Bobcats, of the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-AA, outgained the Aggies and controlled the clock, but couldn't finish drives, missing three field goals and losing a fumble deep in Aggies territory.

McGee scored on a 65-yard run in the first quarter and made it 31-7 on a 3-yard run early in the fourth. He was replaced by backup Jerrod Johnson midway through the fourth quarter.

The Aggies passing game was shaky early with McGee going 4-of-7 for 47 yards in the first half. He was flagged for intentional grounding, sacked once and hurried a number of times.

He looked better after halftime, completing consecutive passes of 9, 9 and 15 yards to tight end Martellus Bennett on the first drive of the third quarter to set up A&M's next score. McGee completed 10 of 20 passes with a long throw of 23 yards.

Mike Goodson jumped over one player at the line and danced his way 18 yards for a touchdown to finish that drive and make it 24-7 early in the third quarter. Goodson finished with 10 carries for 65 yards.

Jordan Peterson fumbled a punt which Montana State recovered, but the Bobcats were left empty-handed when Eric Fisher's 28-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left in the third quarter. He also missed one from 42 yards later in that quarter and another from 39 yards in the fourth quarter.

The Bobcats, in their first season under coach Rob Ash, opened last season with a 19-10 upset of Colorado in Boulder and jumped out to an early lead in this one.

An 8-yard touchdown pass from Jack Rolovich to Elliott Barnhart capped a 13-play, 83-yard drive to start the game. Rolovich found Barnhart in the corner and the big tight end barreled into the end zone untouched to put Montana State ahead 7-0 with 9:44 left in the first quarter.

Rolovich was 21-of-39 for 267 yards.

A 34-yard field goal by Matt Szymanski on Texas A&M's first possession made it 7-3.

McGee gave Texas A&M its first lead on a 65-yard touchdown run that made it 10-7 with 2:54 remaining in the first quarter.

Goodson had runs of 34- and 13-yards to set up a 2 yard touchdown run by Jorvorskie Lane that made it 17-7 with midway through the second quarter. The 268-pound tailback lowered his head and knocked the helmet off his defender as he bulled into the end zone.

The Bobcats exploited Texas A&M's secondary throughout the first half, piling up 205 yards passing. A 50-yard pass from Rolovich to Josh Lewis, who got in front of two Aggies defenders, late in the second half got Montana State to the 12-yard line. But two plays later, Rolovich was sacked by Chris Harrington and fumbled which the Aggies recovered to leave the score at 17-7 at halftime.

The Aggies were better in the second half, allowing just 99 yards passing after halftime.

Johnson stretched Texas A&M's lead to 38-7 with 17-yard touchdown pass to Terrence McCoy with 1:20 left in the game.


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