COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) _ Eric Franklin, whose miss of an extra point looked like it would cost Texas A&M the game, kicked a 48-yard field goal with 1:46 to play Saturday night to lift the Aggies to a 19-17 victory over 20th-ranked Southern Methodist.
The Southwest Conference victory snapped Texas A&M’s five-game losing streak to the Mustangs and was the first for Aggie Coach Jackie Sherrill over SMU Coach Bobby Collins.
Jeff Atkins’ 4-yard touchdown run with 4:46 to go and Brandy Brownlee’s perfect placement gave SMU a 17-16 lead before Franklin got another chance to redeem himself.
A&M, now 6-2 overall and 4-1 in SWC play, clinched the game when Kip Corrington intercepted a pass and returned it 25 yards to the SMU 26 in the final minute.
The Mustangs, 4-3 overall and 3-2 against SWC foes, drove 91 yards in eight plays for the go-ahead score after Shea Walker caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Murray.
But Franklin missed the vital extra point after A&M was penalized for an illegal procedure.
The Aggies seized a 10-7 third-quarter lead on Anthoney Toney’s 2-yard touchdown run after Rod Harris returned the second-half kickoff 71 yards.
SMU’s Brownlee, who had a 20-yard field goal attempt blocked by Domingo Bryant, tied the game 10-all on a 33-yarder with 10:22 to play.
SMU managed a 7-3 lead in a penalty-plagued first half that saw the Aggies flagged 11 times for 105 yards in violations.
A personal foul against A&M aided a 47-yard SMU scoring drive capped by Reggie Dupard’s 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
The penalty bugaboo cost the Aggies a touchdown late in the second quarter when offensive interference was ruled during a 6-yard Kevin Murray to Jeff Nelson pass in the end zone.
With the 15-yard penalty and loss of down, A&M had to settle for Franklin’s 38-yard field goal that barely floated over the crossbar.