Bears give one to A&M 24-9
By Jeff Davis
Sports writer for The Lariat
The Baylor Bears trotted onto the Floyd Casey Stadium turf early Saturday afternoon as the favorite to win the Southwest Conference. They left that same turf three and a half hours later with a scoreboard memo that told them they'll have some competition.
Texas A&M was able to make the big plays that Baylor could not in it's 24-9 victory before a record crowd of 51,218.
'They are an excellent team, but we did not give ourselves a chance to win the ballgame,' head coach Chuck Reedy said. 'But we aren't going to get down. We gave great effort, and we still feel good about our football team.'
After controlling every phase of the game for the first 12 minutes, the Aggies blocked Baylor punter Ty Atteberry's punt 37 yards behind the line of scrimmage to the Baylor 19-yard line. Reedy declined to say who was responsible but said, 'The player who missed his block has been on the punt team for two years. He's done it a hundred times and has done it well. He just got a little lax.'
Two plays after the blocked punt, A&M quarterback Corey Pullig hit Albert Connell across the middle in the end zone to give the Aggies the lead for the rest of the game.
Baylor was unable to get any consistency from its offense after the first quarter. Reedy said that much of that was due to the fact that the team had to play from behind for almost three full quarters. Baylor was forced to throw the ball more than usual in an effort to catch up.
'Jeff (Watson) did what he's capable of doing,' he said of the sophomore quarterback. 'But when he has to throw the ball 38 times, he's doing things he shouldn't have to. We also dropped some balls that should have been caught.'
Reedy said the team has already put the A&M loss behind them to better prepare themselves for next Saturday's game versus Texas Christian University. In each of the last two seasons, the Bears have had disappointing losses in weeks following defeats to the Aggies. In 1993, the Bears were manhandled by TCU, 38-13, following a 38-17 loss to the Aggies and were embarrased by Texas Tech, 38-7, last season after the A&M loss.
'This is a much more mature team than we had in either one of the past two seasons,' Reedy said. 'We have a much better attitude now.'
He added, 'We can't afford to have two losses and still win the conference championship. I don't think any team is going to go unscathed through the conference, but we know that we need to win.'
Tuesday, October 24, 1995
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