Another week, another rough loss for the Kansas Jayhawks.
During the week, Head Coach Turner Gill stressed the importance of his team getting off to a strong start – an issue all season long. However, the Jayhawks went three-and-out after receiving the opening kickoff, and Texas A&M immediately set about spoiling Homecoming Weekend for a sparse Crimson and Blue-clad crowd.
Aggies quarterback Jerrod Johnson, maligned for inconsistent play in recent weeks, got it done with both his legs and his arm on their first possession - an eight-play, 40-yard drive that culminated with running back Cyrus Gray's nine-yard sweep around the right end for a touchdown with 11:30 remaining in the first quarter.
The Jayhawks responded with a Jacob Branstetter 20-yard field goal, but the Aggies took the ensuing kickoff and marched 71 yards to paydirt, capped by a three-yard touchdown plunge from Johnson.
At that point, for all intents and purposes, the game was over. The Jayhawks, once again plagued by penalties and a frustrating inability to string anything substantial together on offense, showed few signs of life for the third straight week.
Sophomore quarterback Jordan Webb led a lightning-quick, three-play, 62-yard scoring drive through the air, completing all three of his pass attempts; the last of which – a 16-yard touchdown strike to tight end Tim Biere – cut the lead to 17-10 with 10:30 left in the second quarter.
By intermission, Texas A&M built a 31-10 lead, and would tack on two more touchdowns in the second half, pushing the final score to 45-10.
With the loss, the Jayhawks fall to 2-5 (0-3) on the season. They next take the field in Ames, Iowa, in an Oct. 30 match-up with the Iowa State Cyclones.