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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Texas A&M cut the lead to 7-3 with a 35-yard field goal by
Bullock later in the first quarter.