McGee throws TD, Johnson runs for two scores as Aggies roll

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Texas A&M got just the breather it needed heading into Thursday's matchup against Miami.

Stephen McGee threw for 237 yards and a touchdown and Jorvorskie Lane had two short scoring runs to help the No. 25 Aggies beat Louisiana-Monroe 54-14 on Saturday night.

A&M scored on nine of its 10 possessions and amassed 547 yards. The Aggies came into the game ranked 115th in passing offense, but McGee was rarely pressured and picked apart the Warhawks' 107th-ranked pass defense.

"I was just really excited for our offense," said McGee, who completed 19 of 33 passes. "That was good for us, confidence-wise, going into next week."

A week ago, A&M had to rely on its running game to beat Fresno State 47-45 in triple overtime. McGee threw for only 78 yards and snapped at a reporter who asked what happened to the Aggies' aerial attack.

This time, all the questions were answered on the field.

"Now, more than ever, we're beginning offensively to get a flow going," he said. "That's very important. The coaches talk about getting better each week and we were able to do that."

Kerry Franks caught McGee's TD pass, and sure-handed tight end Martellus Bennett had six receptions for 98 yards.

"It's a big step for us," Bennett said. "Everybody's been talking about how we don't pass the ball. But when we pass the ball, you see what we can do."

Sophomore Mike Goodson had a TD run and rushed for 113 yards and backup quarterback Jerrod Johnson tacked on two late TD runs. A&M had 310 yards rushing to go with the 237 yards passing.

Minutes after the win, coach Dennis Franchione was already looking ahead to Miami.

"The game speaks for itself," he said. "I'm ready to move on to the next one."

Calvin Dawson carried 20 times for 126 yards and a touchdown for the Warhawks (0-3). Dawson topped 100 yards rushing for the eighth consecutive game.

"A hundred yards is an individual goal and it's good to have," Dawson said. "But it really doesn't mean anything without a win."

Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster went 13-for-23 for 116 yards, but threw two interceptions that led to 10 A&M points.

The Aggies scored on all five first-half possessions to take a 27-7 lead. Lane had both of his touchdown runs in the opening half to reach 35 in his career, tying George Woodard for third on the school's all-time list.

Louisiana-Monroe gained 210 yards in the first half, but mustered only Dawson's 1-yard touchdown run that tied the game at 7 midway through the first quarter.

A&M cornerback Jordan Peterson and linebacker Misi Tupe each had first-half interceptions, the first turnovers committed by the Warhawks all season. The Aggies' gave up 348 yards, but came up with stops when needed.

"The main focus this week was just to get to the ball, break on the ball and get as many turnovers as we can," said Tupe. "We did a pretty good job. I think we can do a lot better by next week."

The Warhawks, meanwhile, couldn't slow the Aggies' offense any better in the second half.

McGee went 4-for-5 on A&M's opening drive and found the speedy Franks open down the middle for a 20-yard touchdown.

Warhawks' defensive back Josh Thompson picked off McGee later in the third quarter, snapping a streak of 150 passes without an interception.

Johnson, a 6-foot-6 redshirt freshman, replaced McGee on A&M's next series and finished a 13-play drive with a 7-yard TD run.

"It doesn't matter to me how many yards I throw for or how many yards we rush for," McGee said. "Our goal is to be where we are today -- 3-0. I'm happy for our guys, that we just continue to push on."

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