COLLEGE STATION, Texas No secrets here. Another win over Texas probably won't be enough to save Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione's job.
Franchione's likely finale at least provided a fun day for the Aggies' faithful, a 38-30 victory over the 13th-ranked Longhorns on Friday.
With a seemingly inspired performance maybe for Franchione, but more likely the pride of beating their hated rival the Aggies (7-5, 4-4 Big 12) have consecutive victories over Texas for the first time since 1991-94 under Franchione's predecessor, R.C. Slocum.
Stephen McGee threw for a career-high 362 yards with three touchdowns and scored on a hard-driving run. Kick-holder T.J. Sanders got his only career TD when he capped A&M's 95-yard drive with a 5-yard TD run on a fake field goal and the defense forced three turnovers (two fumbles, interception) by Texas quarterback Colt McCoy.
Texas (9-3, 5-3), which after its first 0-2 conference start since 1956 had won five straight games, still has an outside shot of making it to the Big 12 championship game if 10th-ranked Oklahoma loses to Oklahoma State on Saturday.
For Franchione, his satisfaction will have to come from beating Texas twice. There have been no Big 12 titles, and his 32-28 record over the past five seasons is far from what was expected when he took over in Aggieland especially for the $2 million a year he's scheduled to make through 2012.
A 12-7 victory last year that kept Texas out of the Big 12 title game seemed to bolster the coach's future, and fend off the anti-Franchione sentiment.
This one appears to be too late for Franchione, coming after four losses the previous five games and his secretive, pay-for electronic newsletter.