Texas A&M 34, Baylor 10
WACO, Texas (AP) _ Freshman Bucky Richardson, making his first collegiate start, passed for a touchdown and provided the offensive spark Texas A&M has been missing as the Aggies beat Baylor 34-10 in Southwest Conference football Saturday.
It was Texas A&M’s first victory in Waco since 1977 and kept the defending SWC champions alive in the league race. A&M is 4-2 and 2-1 in the league.
Baylor suffered its first league loss and is 3-1 in conference play and 5-2 overall.
It was Baylor’s worst loss to A&M in Waco since 1920.
Richardson, a wishbone quarterback in high school at Baton Rouge, La., and freshman running back Darren Lewis kept Baylor’s defense reeling before the 46,812 fans in Baylor Stadium. He is one of three quarterbacks A&M has been using.
Richardson executed the option to perfection and threw a 17-yard scoring pass to Rod Harris.
Lewis scored twice on runs of eight yards as the Aggies turned a close game into a rout in the third period with 15 unanswered points.
An inadvertent whistle cost Baylor a fumble recovery on A&M’s first possession and the Aggies went on to take a 6-0 lead on Lewis’ 8-yards touchdown run.
Officials ruled they had blown a whistle before Lewis fumbled the ball away to Eugene Hall at the Baylor 35. Lewis scored four plays later.
A 61-yard pass from Goebel to Bobby Jack Goforth set up Terry Siler’s 21- yard field goal to trim the deficit to 6-3.
The Aggies cashed in another break in the second period when Tim Landrum recovered Eric Gilstrap’s fumble at the Baylor 28. Larry Horton scored from four yards out five plays later.
Baylor trailed 12-10 at halftime after Goebel hit Ben Baker with a 28-yard touchdown strike.
Lewis’ eight-yard scoring dash the first time A&M had the ball in the second half and Matt Gurley’s two-yard touchdown run put the Bears away.
Lewis rushed for 103 yards on 25 carries and Richardson got 45 on 11 tries. Richardson also completed four of five passes for 53 yards.
A&M’s defense held Baylor to only 33 yards rushing.
A&M converted the most bizzare first down of the season into Gurley’s touchdown that made it 27-10.
On fourth-and-2 from the Baylor 18, the Aggies tried a field goal but the snap was bad. Craig Stump picked the ball up and passed to Wally Hartley for five yards and a first down.
An interference call then setup Gurley’s two-yard scoring run.
A 14-yard Richardson to Percy Waddle pass positioned the Aggies for the Richardson to Harris touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth period.
A&M now holds a 47-29-8 record over Baylor in their all-time series.