Texas A&M used a shared quarterback rotation of Jerrod Johnson and Ryan Tannehill to rout the Kansas Jayhawks 45-10 on Saturday night in Lawrence, Kansas. Jerrod Johnson led the Aggies to an early 17-3 lead and Ryan Tannehill came on to pass for 3 TDs and rush for 1 TD. After a shaky first half, the Aggie defense shut down Kansas in the second half.
Kansas received the opening kickoff and was forced to punt after going 3-and-out.
A short punt gave Texas A&M good field position at the Kansas 40-yard line. The Aggies took advantage, driving the forty yards in eight plays, with Cyrus Gray scoring on a 9-yard run. Randy Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a 7-0 lead with 11:35 left in the first quarter.
Kansas responded by driving 71 yards in 10 plays to the Aggie 3-yard line before having to settle for a 20-yard Jacob Branstetter field goal, that cut the Aggie lead to 7-3 at the 8:15 mark in the first quarter.
On the Aggies' next possession, Jerrod Johnson hit a strealing Jeff Fuller for a 40-yard pass completion. Two play later Johnson ran it in from the 3-yard line. Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a 14-3 lead with 6:20 to go in the first quarter.
The ensuing Kansas drive ended when a Jordan Webb pass was intercepted by Aggie freshman linebacker Damontre Moore and returned to the Aggie 42-yard line. Jerrod Johnson used 13 plays to drive the Aggies to the Kansas 10-yard line before the drive stalled and Randy Bullock kicked a 32-yard field goal to extend the Aggie lead to 17-3 early in the second quarter.
After an exchange of punts, it took Kansas just 3 plays to go 62 yards, with Jordan Webb throwing a 16-yard touchdown pass to Tim Biere. Jacob Branstetter's extra point cut the Aggie lead to 17-10 with 10:35 left in the second quarter.
Ryan Tannehill came on for Texas A&M at quarterback and drove the Aggies 72 yards in 7 plays, connecting with Jeff Fuller on a 27-yard touchdown pass. Bullock's extra point restored the Aggies' 14-point lead, 24-10, with 8:43 left in the half.
Kansas drove to the Aggie 7-yard line before a Jordan Webb pass was intercepted by Aggie cornerback Dustin Harris in the endzone and returned 83 yards to the Kansas 17-yard line. After a 6-yard gain by Cyrus Gray, Ryan Tannehill tossed a 12-yard TD pass to Ryan Swope. Bullock's extra point extended the Aggie lead to 31-10 with 2:34 left in the first half.
The Aggies forced Kansas to punt before running out the clock in the first half.
The stats at the half were actually very close, with Kansas edging out the Aggies in both total yards, 253 to 250, and in first downs, 16 to 15. The key difference in the game at this point were the two interceptions by Texas A&M.
Neither Texas A&M or Kansas were able to move the ball for most of the third quarter until late in the quarter Ryan Tannehill led the Aggies 80 yards in 5 plays, connecting with Jeff Fuller in stride for a 39-yard touchdown. Bullock's extra point extended the Aggies' lead to 38-10 with two minutes left in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, a 36-yard run by Aggie running back Cyrus Gray set up a 6-yard TD run by quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Bullock's extra point pushed the Aggie lead out to 45-10 at the 12:20 mark in the fourth quarter.
Kansas (2-5, 0-3 Big 12) was held scoreless in the second half, and Texas A&M (4-3, 1-2 Big 12) ran out the clock ti pick up its first Big 12 and first road win of the year.
Texas A&M dominated the second half, outgaining Kansas 271 yards to 78 yards.
The shared quarterback role for the Aggies proved effective in this game, with Ryan Tannehill completing 12 of 16 passes for 155 yards and 3 TDs with another TD rushing, and Jerrod Johnson completing 12 of 20 passes for 139 yards and rushing for one TD. Cyrus Gray rushed for 117 yards and 1 TD on 13 carries. Jeff Fuller caught 5 passes for 131 yards and 2 TDs, Ryan Swope added 9 catches for 70 yards and 1 TD.
Texas A&M hosts Texas Tech (4-3, 2-3 Big 12) next Saturday afternoon.
Texas Tech scored 13 fourth quarter points to edge Colorado on Saturday.