Texas A&M 21, Texas 10
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) _ Lance Pavlas pump faked then hit a wide open Percy Waddle with a 45-yard touchdown pass Saturday, lifting 16th-ranked and bowl-bound Texas A&M University to a 21-10 Southwest Conference victory over the arch-rival Texas Longhorns.
Texas A&M, which will meet Pittsburgh in the John Hancock (Sun) Bowl on Dec. 30 in El Paso, finished its regular season 8-3 overall and second in the SWC at 6-2.
The Longhorns were 5-6 and 4-4. It was Texas’ first back-to-back losing seasons since 1937-38.
Pavlas’ game-winner came on the final play of the third period and the Longhorns appeared to relax, apparently thinking the Aggies weren’t going to get a play off. Cornerback Grady Cavness bit on Pavlas’ fake and there wasn’t a defender within 20 yards of Waddle.
The 96th meeting of the Longhorns and Aggies was delayed five minutes by a pre-game, midfield brawl between the two squads. Order was restored without injury to either side and nobody was banished to the dressing room.
It was A&M’s sixth consecutive victory over Texas, but the Longhorns lead the series 63-28-5.
Texas, which had lost 50-7 to Baylor last week and was a 14-point underdog, stunned the Aggies with a 7-0 lead forged on fullback Winfred Tubbs’ 74-yard run. Tubbs ran to the A&M 3 and two plays later Chris Samuels scored from the 1.
The Aggies tied it at 7 thanks to a Longhorn goof. Texas had 12 men on the field when Layne Talbot failed to get off a punt at the Aggie 29.
A&M took advantage of the 15-yard penalty by driving 67 yards for a touchdown on Keith McAfee’s one-yard run.
McAfee started at tailback because A&M’s leading rusher, Darren Lewis, didn’t suit up because of a knee injury.
Texas built a 10-7 halftime lead on Wayne Clements’ 31-yard second-quarter field goal after Oscar Giles had recovered a Robert Wilson fumble to stop an A&M drive at the Texas 36.
Clements missed field goals of 35 and 48 yards in the third period to keep the ’Horns from expanding their lead before 76,803 fans, third largest in Kyle Field history.
Robert Wilson scored on a 1-yard run with 20 seconds left to pad the A&M score after Texas had failed on a fourth down passing attempt from its own 24.
Tubbs rushed 29 times for 147 yards for the Longhorns.