Sept. 5, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Jerrod Johnson threw for 349 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score to lead Texas A&M to a 41-6 win over New Mexico on Saturday.
Johnson completed 31 of 41 passes, and Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael added touchdown runs for the Aggies (1-0), who piled up 606 yards. The A&M defense showed dramatic improvement from last season, holding New Mexico to 21 rushing yards and sacking Donovan Porterie five times.
Porterie completed 29 of 40 passes for New Mexico (0-1) in his first start since tearing ligaments in his right knee in the fourth game last season and undergoing surgery.
The Aggies, starting their second year under Mike Sherman, dominated from the start and built a 20-3 halftime lead.
Johnson completed a 42-yard pass to freshman Uzoma Nwachukwu on A&M's first possession and Johnson scrambled for a 16-yard touchdown with 9:52 left in the opening quarter.
Jeff Fuller caught an 18-yard pass from Johnson early in the second quarter, setting up Randy Bullock's 22-yard field goal. Fuller led A&M with 10 catches for 111 yards in the game.
Michael, one of 12 freshmen to play for A&M in the first half, broke two runs over 20 yards on the Aggies' next possession. Michael went out for a rest and Cyrus Gray's 13-yard touchdown run put A&M up 17-0 with 4:44 left in the half.
Demond Dennis fumbled on the Lobos' next play from scrimmage. A&M safety Jordan Pugh recovered and Bullock kicked afield goal for a 20-0 lead.
James Aho kicked field goal with 13 seconds left in the first half to complete New Mexico's best drive of the game. The Aggies' defense, one of the nation's worst in 2008, held the Lobos to two rushing yards and nine first downs in the first half.
A&M marched 86 yards in 12 plays to start the second half. Johnson went 6-for-6 on the drive and Michael finished it with a 2-yard touchdown run.
Aho matched his career best with a 48-yard field goal later in the third quarter. A&M answered with a 17-play drive, capped by Johnson's 7-yard touchdown pass to Fuller.
Johnson threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to freshman Kenric McNeal with 9:14 left. Tommy Dorman finished the game at quarterback for the Aggies.
Texas A&M has won 24 of its last 26 home openers, though it lost to Arkansas State in Sherman's debut in 2008.