Coach Jackie Sherrill won his first Southwest Conference game as the Aggies capitalized on nine fumbles in College Station.
Domingo Bryant, Wayne Asberry and Jerry Bullitt led the Aggies' defense, which stripped the ball from Allen Rice of Baylor three times in the first half. Rice's fumbles cost Baylor (2-3-1 and 1-2-1) two touchdowns and set up one by A&M.
The Aggies (3-3 overall and 1-2 in the SWC) totaled only 141 yards in the half and lost their star quarterback, Gary Kubiak, who bruised his left shoulder blocking. But they had no trouble taking a 21-3 halftime lead.
The Bears didn't deserve to win, but almost did. Bryant, a freshman safety, made three defensive plays to keep them from scoring in the closing minutes.
Baylor began its comeback after trailing, 28-3. David Mangrum threw a 26-yard scoring pass to Bruce Davis, and Alfred Anderson scored from a yard out.
Then Baylor drove from its 21 to the A&M 12. Bryant, who earlier had dropped Davis for an eight-yard loss on a reverse, stopped Anderson after a one-yard gain to the A&M 11. On the next play, Bryant tackled Rice for a five-yard loss.