COLLEGE STATION -- The script seemed to be already written.
No. 21 Texas A&M would build a big lead before halftime, only to see it slip away as another ranked opponent clawed back to overtake the Aggies late in the second half, just like the games against Arkansas and Oklahoma State.
But Aggies quarterback Ryan Tannehill and receiver Ryan Swope wouldn't have it. The two combined for a record-breaking onslaught Saturday as Texas A&M claimed a 55-28 victory over No. 20 Baylor at Kyle Field.
The Aggies (4-2, 2-1) scored 31 second-half points, picked up their seventh consecutive victory over a team from Texas and continued their Big 12 farewell tour by claiming the Battle of the Brazos in the 108th and, possibly final, meeting between the schools.
Swope had 206 receiving yards and a school-record four receiving touchdowns. Tannehill had a career-high six touchdown passes, matching the second-highest total in school history.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III did some record breaking of his own, setting the Baylor single-game passing mark (430 yards) and matched his school record for passing touchdowns (22) in a season. Griffin finished with three passing touchdowns.
The bad news for the Bears?
Most of Griffin's effectiveness came in the first half, and the Bears (4-2, 1-2) couldn't slow the Aggies.
Texas A&M never punted and scored on nine of 11 possessions.
Aggies coach Mike Sherman credited his defense with limiting the Bears' rushing attack (50 yards) despite allowing Griffin to have a record-setting passing day.
"We never really did stop him," he said. "We were able to match him but not able to stop him. But I thought the defense did what they had to do to win the game."
The Aggies were down 7-3 after the first quarter, but Tannehill passed for 151 yards and three touchdowns (two to Swopes) in the second quarter as Texas A&M took a 24-14 advantage into halftime.
The two then hooked up on a 5-yard touchdown pass on the Aggies' first possession of the second half.
Baylor pulled within 34-28 with 3:50 left in the third on a 4-yard run by Terrance Ganaway, but Tannehill and Swope connected for 68 yards to cushion the Aggies' lead. The defense then stopped Baylor on downs at the A&M 4-yard line early in the fourth.
"When you're in the red zone, you have to put points on the board," Griffin said. "We have to finish games better as a team."
Much was made of the banter between the Baylor and Texas A&M fans leading up to the game, and the prodding continued inside Kyle Field. Baylor's legal strategy delayed A&M's planned move to the Southeastern Conference for almost three weeks in September.
A banner expressing A&M fans' sentiments -- "Thou shalt not covet they neighbor's conference deal" -- was hung above the Baylor sideline. When Griffin connected with Tevin Reese on a 43-yard touchdown pass in the third, Reese gave the crowd a thumbs down, a reverse of A&M's Gig 'Em gesture.
To finish it off, Aggie fans chanted "SEC! SEC! SEC!" late in the fourth quarter, referencing the Texas A&M's move in 2012. Matthew Reagan