- The Washington Times - Friday, November 27, 2009

COLLEGE STATION, Texas | Colt McCoy threw four touchdown passes, and No. 3 Texas overcame a huge game by Texas A&M; quarterback Jerrod Johnson to wrap up an undefeated regular season with a 49-39 win over the Aggies on Thursday night.

The Longhorns (12-0, 8-0 Big 12) have only next week’s conference championship game against Nebraska standing between them and the BCS title game.

For a while, though, it seemed as though Johnson would rally the Aggies (6-6, 3-5) to a gigantic upset, shattering McCoy’s Heisman Trophy hopes and opening the door for TCU and Cincinnati to vault into the national championship picture.

Jeff Fuller caught three touchdown passes from Johnson, the last with 7:10 left to cut Texas’ lead to 42-39. But Marquise Goodwin returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, and the Longhorns finally could breathe easy after A&M;’s Randy Bullock missed a 23-yard field goal try with 3:05 remaining.

But there were some worries for both teams in the third quarter. Texas defensive back Deon Beasley was carted off the field on a stretcher after he collided with Aggies linebacker Anthony Lewis and immediately crumpled to the ground on a kickoff return. The two players appeared to have helmet-to-helmet contact.

Although mostly immobilized when he left the field, Beasley was able to raise his arm to acknowledge the crowd.


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