COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Nick Starkel threw for a career-high 416 yards and four touchdowns before sitting down at halftime as Texas A&M built a huge lead and cruised to a 55-14 win over New Mexico on Saturday night.
Starkel had appeared in each of the last two games, but was starting for the first time since Texas A&M's opener against UCLA when he broke his left ankle in the third quarter. He threw TD passes of 60, 10, 1 and 36 yards before he was replaced by freshman Kellen Mond for the start of the third quarter with A&M (6-4) up 48-7.
Damion Ratley had two touchdown receptions and Christian Kirk had 120 yards receiving and a touchdown and added a 90-yard punt return score to help the Aggies snap a two-game skid.
Elijah Lilly had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for New Mexico (3-7), which lost its fifth straight.
With the win, the Aggies became bowl eligible for a school-record ninth straight season.
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