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Texas Tech stuns A&M on last-minute touchdown pass

Oct 1, 2006 - 12:16 AM COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Ticker) -- For Graham Harrell and Robert Johnson, the third time was the charm.

Harrell and Johnson hooked up for a trio of touchdowns, including the game-winner with 26 seconds left, as Texas Tech posted a wild 31-27 triumph over Texas A&M in the Big 12 Conference opener for both schools.

In the final five minutes of the second quarter, Harrell found Johnson for scores of 21 and five yards to send the Red Raiders (4-1, 1-0 Big 12) into intermission with a 24-14 advantage.

However, the Aggies (4-1, 0-1) got a third-quarter field goal from Layne Neumann and a four-yard TD run by Chris Alexander early in the fourth to forge a 24-24 tie. Neumann kicked a 32-yarder with 2:12 remaining to give Texas A&M its first lead.

But Texas Tech came right back, driving 80 yards in eight plays to capture just its third win in its last 11 meetings here. Harrell converted a 4th-and-5 to move the ball across midfield and, two plays later, the sophomore heaved a pass down the right sideline that Johnson hauled in for the decisive score.

Tech also overcame a near-interception on the third play of the final drive. Danny Amendola bobbled a pass that initially was deemed a pick before the replay official overturned the ruling on the field.

Harrell completed 32-of-45 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns. Joel Filani had 10 catches for 156 yards and a score and Johnson finished with four receptions for 69 yards.

A&M's Stephen McGee was just 9-of-20 for 103 yards with an interception. Jorvorskie Lane had 12 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown for the Aggies, who lost despite holding the ball for more than 37 minutes and converting 10-of-16 third downs.

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