No. 21 Texas A&M beats No. 20 Baylor, 55-28

Robert Griffin III threw for a Baylor-record 430 yards with

three touchdowns against Texas A&M on Saturday.

It wasn’t enough for the 20th-ranked Bears as No. 21 Texas

A&M piled up 681 yards of offense in a 55-28 win.

The game made Griffin worry that the Bears aren’t thinking like

a team, but rather two separate units.

”It’s tough on the sidelines to sit there and watch another

team move the ball on your defense, but you can’t become just an

offense and a defense,” he said. ”It divides the team and you

won’t be very successful. We’ll just continue to make sure we’re a

team.”

He said that as the team’s leader, it’s his responsibility to

guard against a wedge building between the two sides.

”I know the Ravens in the NFL had it before when they were an

offense and a defense and Ray Lewis had to make sure that didn’t

happen,” Griffin said. ”I’m this team’s Ray Lewis and I have to

make sure that does not happen.”

Ryan Tannehill threw for 415 yards and a career-high six

touchdown passes and Ryan Swope caught four TDs to lead the Aggies

to the win.

”We weren’t reading our keys and that’s when they attacked

us,” Baylor defensive back K.J. Morton said. ”Ryan Swope is a

tremendous athlete, he’s a good route runner. Our defense will …

get better as a unit.”

The Bears got within six points after a touchdown run by

Terrance Ganaway in third quarter, but the Aggies scored 21

straight to take a 55-28 lead with about six minutes remaining in

the game.

Swope’s fourth touchdown – his second 68-yard TD reception of

the game – was the first in that span. He finished with 206 yards

receiving. He also scored on receptions of 8 and 5 yards.

Griffin got his passing yards, but the Bears had trouble running

the ball and were outgained 266-50 on the ground. Griffin is the

third quarterback this season to set a school record against the

Aggies’ worst-in-the-nation pass defense.

”We didn’t do a good job running,” Baylor coach Art Briles

said. ”It was not very easy to run it.”

Texas A&M (4-2, 2-1 Big 12), has won three in a row over the

Bears and the loss leaves Baylor (4-2, 1-2) without a win against

its longtime rival at Kyle Field since 1984. The Bears may not get

another chance for some time with the Aggies leaving for the

Southeastern Conference in July.

Tannehill found a wide-open Uzoma Nwachukwu on a 47-yard TD

reception after Swope’s fourth touchdown and Christine Michael got

his second on a 4-yard run later in the fourth quarter. He finished

with 105 yards rushing.

Michael’s score came after Griffin was intercepted for only the

second time this season.

Trailing 41-28, the Bears got down to the Texas A&M 9 on a

50-yard reception by Tevin Reese on the last play of the third

quarter. Baylor’s offense stalled after that, though, and A&M

got the ball back when Griffin threw an incomplete pass as he was

being hit on fourth down.

Griffin was sacked five times and hurried and hit several more

times on Saturday.

”A&M was getting good pressure on Robert Griffin and it

caused him to get flustered,” Baylor receiver Kendall Wright

said.

Down 31-14 early in the third quarter, Baylor got a 49-yard

kickoff return from Antwan Goodley and Griffin hit a wide open

Tevin Reese for a 43-yard touchdown pass two plays later to cut

A&M’s lead to 31-21. Reese drew an unsportsmanlike conduct

penalty for mocking A&M’s hand gesture by holding his thumb

down to the crowd after the score.

Randy Bullock’s 47-yard field goal stretched the A&M lead to

34-21 a couple of minutes later.

Baylor ran a 17-play drive that spanned through the first and

second quarters, but came up empty when Griffin was sacked on

third-down from A&M’s 8-yard-line before a 30-yard field goal

attempt by Aaron Jones sailed wide right.

”We didn’t do a good job of maintaining momentum,” Briles

said. ”We didn’t get off the field when we needed to on the

defensive side.”

The Aggies took their first lead of the game when Swope got in

front of Sam Holl for a 68-yard touchdown catch to make it 10-7 in

the second quarter.

Texas A&M wouldn’t stay on top for long after Griffin hit

Terrance Williams on a 77-yard touchdown pass on the first play of

Baylor’s next drive to make it 14-10. Williams wriggled out of an

arm tackle by Coryell Judie with a spin move and dashed to the end

zone.

Michael scored on a 7-yard reception from Tannehill to give

A&M a 17-14 lead in the second quarter on a drive that was

helped by 30 yards of penalties by Baylor.

The Aggies extended their lead to 24-14 when Swope caught his

second touchdown pass, this one for 8 yards, less than a minute

before halftime.

Tevin Elliott intercepted a pass by Tannehill that was deflected

on Texas A&M’s first drive. The Bears converted that turnover

when Griffin found Wright on a 6-yard touchdown pass to give them a

7-0 lead.

Texas A&M cut the lead to 7-3 with a 35-yard field goal by

Bullock later in the first quarter.