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Texas A&M Extends Home Streak to 24 : SWC: Pullig leads No. 7 Aggies over Baylor, 41-21, for 25th consecutive conference victory.

October 16, 1994|From Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. — Texas A&M's "wrecking crew" defense usually wins games at Kyle Field.

On Saturday, however, the Aggies' offense overpowered Baylor, 41-21. Corey Pullig threw two touchdown passes and kept Baylor off balance with his play-calling as No. 7 A&M notched its 25th consecutive Southwest Conference victory.

"The offense won the game for us today," A&M defensive coordinator Tommy Tuberville said. "The defense was mighty proud of the offense today."

The Aggies (6-0, 3-0) extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 24 before 70,111 fans at Kyle Field while Baylor, which hasn't defeated A&M since 1985, dropped to 5-2 and 2-1. A&M's last non-victory at Kyle Field was a 20-20 tie with Baylor in 1990.

The Aggies scored on every possession in the second half except the last to overwhelm the Bears. It was the most points A&M had scored against Baylor since a 48-0 victory in 1941.

"Corey did a great job of putting us in the right play," offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger said. "It was amazing we didn't punt the ball in the second. This is the best offense we've played."

Ensminger, who came to A&M from the University of Georgia, said: "This was one day when we established both the run and the pass. Corey did a good job of reading the defense and audiblizing into the right play."

Pullig completed 15 of 27 passes for 269 yards and Rodney Thomas gained 108 yards in 14 carries and Leeland McElroy got 105 in 22 carries.

"It was a long afternoon for our defense," Baylor Coach Chuck Reedy said. "We just couldn't stop 'em. They took the fight to us in the second half.

"I was hoping it was going to be a low-scoring game. I felt if we could score 17 or 21 points, it might be enough to win the game. Then they get 31 points in the second half and never have to punt."

Pullig said Baylor showed an eight-man front against the Aggies.

"That meant single coverage on our receivers. We hurt them deep several times," Pullig said.

Reedy said: "A&M has the best quarterback in the conference. He makes great decisions and throws the ball well. I didn't know they were a physical offensive team too. They physically whipped us."

The Aggies led by only three points at halftime. But on their first possession of the third quarter, Pullig made a good play-action fake and found wide receiver Chris Sanders 10 yards behind the Baylor defense for a 75-yard touchdown pass play, and A&M was in control after that.

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