Bears fall to Ags, 38-10Nov. 10, 1997
By Jeff Huett
City Editor for The Baylor Lariat
Last week it was the goal post at the south end of Floyd Casey Stadium that received all of the attention, but seven days later, it was the 50 yard line that needed the Bears' attention as Baylor fell 38-10 to the Texas A&M Aggies Saturday at Kyle Field.
Baylor was able to cross into A&M territory three times in the opening quarter and every opportunity ended in a Kyle Atteberry punt.
'They lined up, kicked us offensively, kicked us defensively and the best team won,' Head coach Dave Roberts said. 'They were more physical than we were. We had opportunities inside the 50 in the first half and couldn't take advantage of them and we had opportunities inside the 10 and we couldn't take advantage of them. That's (Texas A&M's) good play.'
The Aggies took advantage of each of their first three drives of the ball game, scoring 17 points to put the game out of reach early.
Texas A&M got on the board at the 10:07 mark in the first quarter on a five-play, 80-yard drive that took just 1:05 off the clock. Sirr Parker left Baylor defender Samir Al-Amin on the ground at the four yard line on his way to the endzone for the seven-yard score.
Kyle Bryant added a 31-yard field goal to put the Aggies up 10-0 at the 4:55 mark, following a 72-yard Aggie dive to the Baylor 14.
Texas A&M's third drive was its longest scoring drive since a 99-yard drive last season against the Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium. This one covered 98 yards on 11 plays and took just 3:34. Aggie quarterback Branndon Stewart, who finished the game 18-25 for 231 yards and three touchdowns, rolled right and found Daniel Campbell in the back corner of the endzone for the score.
'We knew they would be able to run the ball, everybody has run the ball on us. We're not very big,' Roberts said. 'They (Texas A&M) have a very good balance. We just weren't able to stop them through the run or the pass.'
Baylor back-up quarterback Odell James took the helm after the Aggies took the 17-0 lead. James went straight to his strength--speed. On second down, James kept the ball on an option for a 32-yard gain. Two downs later, James fumbled the ball out-of-bounds and then on the next play was intercepted over the middle by Quinton Brown.
'He's (James) tentative right now. He's going to hold the ball,' Roberts said. On the interception , 'the receiver was open for about three counts and he (James) held the ball and the line backer made the great play.'
The Bears most positive drive of the first half began on their own 42 after a 16-yard punt return by Mark Codgill. On the next play, Baylor running back Darrell Bush busted through the heart of the Aggie line for a 36-yard gain. Bush carried 18 times for 109 yards and led the Bear rushing attack.
'I feel like it was just another good day,' Bush said. ' I run off the offensive line and thanks to them I have had another good week.'
The Bears were able to get the ball down to the Aggie six before they were stopped on third down, forcing a 23-yard field goal kick by Matt Bryant.
The Aggies led at the half 17-3.
'We moved the ball and then we got down to where it was important in the red zone, we stalled,' Baylor quarterback Jeff Watson said. 'Homecoming-forget that, (today) we lost as a team.'
Watson finished the game 12-22 for 111 yards.
Baylor's only touchdown of the game came in the third on a 13 yard scamper by Bush to cap off an 84-yard, 11-play drive. Texas A&M led 24-10 and would add two touchdowns before game's end.
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