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Gray, Michael combine for 4 TDs to lead Aggies

By Kristie Rieken

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Sept. 4 2011 9:10 p.m. MDT

Texas A&M's Jeff Fuller (8) tries to reach a pass as SMU's Richard Crawford (6) defends during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, in College Station, Texas. Crawford was flagged for interference on the play.

Dave Einsel, Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael ran for two touchdowns apiece and Ryan Tannehill threw for two more scores to help No. 8 Texas A&M beat SMU 46-14 on Sunday night.

The Aggies were anxious to get on the field and bring the focus back to football instead of the school's decision to leave the Big 12. They got things going early, intercepting quarterback Kyle Padron's passes on SMU's first two possessions to jump out to a 14-0 lead.

SMU coach June Jones replaced Padron with backup J.J. McDermott after the early miscues and he helped the Mustangs cut it to 20-14 in the second quarter.

But the Mustangs couldn't do much offensively after that and the Aggies scored 26 straight points the rest of the way to secure the win.

Gray finished with 132 yards rushing. Michael, in his first game since breaking his leg last October, added 85. Tannehill was 21 of 26 for 246 yards. Ryan Swope led Texas A&M's receivers with eight receptions for 109 yards and a score and Jeff Fuller added six catches for 52 yards.

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