Gallery Furniture Bowl

2001

 

Texas A&M 28

TCU 9

 

Texas A&M Fight Song

 

HOUSTON (AP) -- Not a bad way to begin a career. Freshman Byron Jones intercepted three passes in his first start, and Joe Weber scored two touchdowns, helping Texas A&M end a four-game bowl losing streak with a 28-9 victory over TCU in the Galleryfurniture.com Bowl on Friday.
 

Jones, one of five freshmen in the lineup, helped the Aggies beat their former Southwest Conference rivals for the 24th straight time. He had to fight off the flu to do his job.
 

"I really think it was just a bit of nervousness," Jones said. "I woke up this morning and my stomach was queasy. But the doctors took care of me, and I played pretty well."
 

Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum was concerned before the game. "Some of our players had a bug this morning," Slocum said. "Byron didn't look very good so the doctors gave him some medicine. I want to find out what kind of medication it was or what the bug was because he played a spectacular game."
 

A&M won a bowl game for the first time since a 22-20 victory over Michigan in the 1995 Alamo Bowl. The Aggies ended the season 8-4 after losing their final three regular-season games. The Horned Frogs (6-6) haven't beaten the Aggies since 1972, and trail the series 56-29-7.
 

Weber, voted offensive player of the game, broke a 7-7 second-quarter tie with a 2-yard touchdown run and added a 14-yard run that put the Aggies in control with 1:14 left in the third quarter.
 

TCU's Casey Painters was intercepted four times, including the first three of Jones' career. Aggies safety Wes Bautovich got A&M's fourth interception. On the very next play, Mark Farris hit Mickey Jones for an 82-yard touchdown pass and a 28-7 lead with 14:40 left in the game (video).
 

Weber broke straight up the middle on his second touchdown, knocking aside two tacklers and running into the end zone (video). He finished with 59 yards on nine carries.
 

Jones was the game's MVP and also was the defensive player of the game. He had three tackles and ran back his interceptions a total of 77 yards (video).
 

Jones, wide receiver Terrence Thomas and tight end Thomas Carriger -- all freshmen -- helped the Aggies to a 14-7 halftime lead. Starting in place of the injured Sean Weston, Jones had only two broken-up passes on his defensive chart in 11 games before he returned his first interception 62 yards in the first quarter to the Frogs' 35. The Aggies couldn't score on that chance, but Jones had a 15-yard interception return to TCU's 1-yard line in the second quarter, setting up Farris' quarterback keeper for the score.
 

Charlie Owens scooped up a fumble by A&M running back Derek Farmer and returned it 89 yards for a TCU touchdown with four minutes left in the half, tying the game 7-7. It was the second-longest fumble return in school history.
 

"We felt like we had the momentum after the touchdown," Owens said. "Then they got a couple of turnovers, and the momentum changed."
 

Thomas returned the ensuing kickoff 43 yards, and Carriger, a converted defensive lineman, lumbered 19 yards with his second reception of the season to set up Weber's 2-yard touchdown run with 1:06 left in the half.
"We played a heck of a defensive game," TCU linebacker LaMarcus McDonald said. "It's not like they showed us anything new. We've been practicing against that stuff for two weeks. Nothing surprised us. It was the little things that hurt us."

 

TCU takes the field behind the flag in 2001.

 

Jones returns one of his three interceptions.

 

Slocum got a bath. It was his last bowl game with A&M.

 

It was fitting that the Astrodome's last bowl game be between two old SWC rivals.

 

Attendance: 53,480

 

Scoring Summary
 

Second Quarter

TAMU- M Farris 1 run (Scates kick)
TCU- Owens 89 fumble return (N Browne kick)
TAMU- Jo Weber 2 run (Scates kick)
 

Third Quarter

TAMU- Jo Weber 14 run (Scates kick)
 

Fourth Quarter

TAMU- Jones 82 pass from M Farris (Scates kick)
TCU- Safety

 

Individual Statistics
 

Rushing
TCU- Madison 11-29, Holts 3-9
TAMU- Weber 9-59, Farmer 17-33, Flemming 5-16, Joseph 8-13

Passing
TCU- Printers 15-30-144
TAMU- Farris 9-19-191

Receiving
TCU- Madise 7-65, Dunbar 4-36, M Schobel 2-22, T Williams 2-21
TAMU- Carringer 2-57, Farmer 2-18, Weber 2-15, Jones 1-82
 

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