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Longhorns, Aggies Win in Red River

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Longhorns, Aggies Win in Red River

A&M players congratulate Ryan Meehan, who scored twice for the Aggies.

The Red River D1A conference started up with a bit of a surprise.

Texas beat Baylor by the tune of 31-7 a week after a one-point win over UTSA.

It's good news for the Longhorns which have started to build with a revamped coaching staff that includes former HS All American Brian Hannon.

Captain and flyhalf Nicholas Navarro scored and ran an effective attack, and he was pleased with the showing.

"To me Baylor's one our most even rivals ... whenever we play them it's always close," he said. But ... "going into the season we were feeling very confident ... we've just got to be careful with our hands."

Freshman No. 8 Egya Reddy was a very effective runner and a nice addition to the Longhorns.

North Texas beat Texas Tech 25-12 in a game where TTU hung tough.

"It felt really good," said try-scorer Stephen Dudley. "Showing we can put it together and get that team win."

Ball security was shaky in the first half, added Dudley, but they improved on that in the second half.

Meanwhile, Texas A&M did as expected and won 67-7 over Oklahoma.

Head Coach James Lowrey said he was not super happy with the start but the finish was good.

"We started like a team that hadn't played in a while, but progressively we got better and responded well after we let in our single try," said Lowrey. 

Prop Ryan Meehan scored two early tries for the Aggies and set up the third, which was scored by Mark Arsham for a 21-0 lead. Two from Abbas Bangash and two from Eric Hawkins had the Aggies well ahead.

"All week long the whole thing was defense defense defense," said Meehan. And in defense "we did pretty well today." 

"We tightened up and put some good phases together," added Lowrey. "The energy off the bench with the youth after playing last night was immense. Very happy with the energy they put on the field." 

Next up Oklahoma and Baylor look to rebound against each other, Texas hosts North Texas, and A&M it at Texas Tech.