Aggies skin the Bobcats
CREDIT - AP Photo/Bryan-College Station Eagle, Butch Ireland: Texas A&M's Chad Schroeder scores on a 44-yard touchdown pass as Texas State's Dallas Coleman gives chase in the second quarter Thursday,

Posted Sep 23, 2005


Faced with a shortened week of practice and Hurricane Rita bearing down on the Texas Gulf Coast, Texas A&M held-off a feisty Texas State team, 44-31 in a re-scheduled Thursday night game at Kyle Field.

A 45-yard reception by senior WR Jason Carter set up a Todd Pegram field goal on the Aggies’ first possession in front of a slimmed-down, hurricane-cautious crowd that included 25,600 fanatical A&M students. Senior DB Ronald Jones recovered a fumble off of a muffed Texas State punt on the ensuing drive. Aggie Chad Schroeder ran for a 13-yard touchdown on a fake field goal attempt, putting the Aggies up 10-0 on the A&M’s next possession.

Texas State fumbled the subsequent punt attempt, setting-up a 20-yard Pegram field goal and taking A&M to a 13-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Bobcat’s prominent play of the first half came early in the second quarter when they put up six points after a 72-yard reception. But Aggie QB Reggie McNeal responded on the next drive, connecting with Carter on a 71-yard pitch and catch and taking A&M to a 20-7 lead.

Texas State kicked a field goal to pull within three points of A&M with 4:04 left in the first half; but McNeal and Schroeder answered with a 45-yard touchdown play to put the Ags up 27-17 headed into the half.

With 3:12 remaining in the third quarter, A&M’s Courtney Lewis notched a touchdown, set-up by a 35-yard run McNeal run.

But TSU mounted a legitimate come-back effort in the fourth quarter, recovering an A&M fumble and threatening with consecutive throws to the end zone. The Aggie defense responded, holding Texas State and forcing the Bobcats’ offense to turn the ball over on downs.

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