Ags start slow, grind out 33-17 win over ISU

No. 17 ranked Texas A&M had a slow start on the road and fell behind Iowa State early, before scoring 17 unanswered points to take a 20-7 halftime lead, and then cruised to a 33-17 win. The Aggies had a pair of 100-yard rushers, Christine Michael with 142 yards and Cyrus Gray with 139 yards. Ryan Tannehill passed for 249 yards and Randy Bullock kicked 4 field goals.

No. 17 ranked Texas A&M had a slow start on the road and fell behind Iowa State early, before scoring 17 unanswered points to take a 20-7 halftime lead, and then cruised to a 33-17 win. The Aggies had a pair of 100-yard rushers, Christine Michael with 142 yards and Cyrus Gray with 139 yards. Ryan Tannehill passed for 249 yards and Randy Bullock kicked 4 field goals.

The Texas A&M offense struggled early, picking up just two first downs in its first four possessions.

Iowa State received the opening kickoff. On their first play from scrimmage, a pass attempt from Cyclone quarterback was intercepted by Texas A&M safety Trent Hunter who returned the interception to the Iowa State 14-yard line. Three rushing attempts by Christine Michael gained only 6 yards so the Aggies settled for a 25-yard Randy Bullock field goal to take a 3-0 lead two minutes into the game.

After two exchanges of punts, midway through the first quarter Iowa State mounted a 9-play, 83-yard drive, with James White scoring a touchdown on a 19-yard run. The Zach Guyer extra point gave the Cyclones a 7-3 lead with 3:29 left in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Iowa State drove from their 20-yard line to the Aggie 44-yard line before the Cyclone drive stalled and they elected to punt on a 4th-and-9 in an effort to pin the Aggies deep. But the Cyclone punt only went 16 yards before going out-of-pounds, giving A&M ther ball at their 28-yard line.

The Aggie offense finally got on track, scoring 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 20-7 halftime lead. A 47-yard Randy Bullock field goal cut the Cyclone lead to 7-6 at the 9:19 mark in the second quarter. On their next possession the Aggies drove 80 yards in 9 plays, with Ryan Tannehill throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Fuller. After forcing another Cyclone punt with 2:25 left in the first half, Texas A&M used their two-minute offense to drive 79 yards in 9 plays, with tight end Michael Lamothe catching an 18-yard touchdown pass from Tannehill.

Like every game this year, the Aggies took a double-digit lead into halftime.

At the half, Texas A&M led in first downs, 15 to 8, and total yards, 209 to 146. Ryan Tannehill had completed 14 of 25 passes for 158 yards and 2 TDs. Ryan Swope had 3 catches for 37 yards while Jeff Fuller had 4 catches for 35 yards and 1 TD. Cyrus Gray had 7 carries for 35 yards and Christine Michael had 7 carries for 27 yards.

Texas A&M received the opening kickoff of the second half and drove to the Iowa State 30-yard line, before having to settle for another 47-yard Randy Bullock field goal that extended the Aggie lead to sixteen, 23-7, a little over two minutes into the third quarter.

After forcing another Cyclone punt, the Aggies drove 69 yards in 6 plays, with Christine Michael scoring a touchdown on a 9-yard run. Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a 30-7 lead at the 9:39 mark in the third quarter.

Iowa State scored 10 unanswered points to make it a two-score game, 30-17. The Cyclones marched 74 yards in 8 plays, scoring on a 1-yard run by Duran Hollis. The extra point by Zach Guyer left Aggies with a 30-14 with 6:50 to go in the third quarter. On their next possession an Iowa State punt hit Aggie return man Desmond Gardiner on the leg and Iowa State recovered at the 26-yard line. A 43-yard Zach Guyer field goal cut the Aggie lead to 30-17 with 2:16 left in the third quarter.

Texas A&M drove to the Iowa State 17-yard line before facing 4th-and-1 the Aggies elected to go for it but Cyrus Gray lost 2 yards and the Aggies turned the ball over on downs. Iowa State picked up one first down before a punt that pinned the Aggies back to their 12-yard line. Texas A&M drove 85 yards to the Iowa State 3-yard line before Randy Bullock kicked his fourth field goal of the day, this from 20 yards, to extend the Aggie lead to 33-17 with 7:30 to go in the game.

Iowa State took advantage of a couple of questionable personal foul penalties to drive down to the Aggie 12-yard line before an Aggie sack and 4th-and-18 pass completion came up a yard short, turning the ball over to Texas A&M at the Aggie 6-yard line with 3:53 left in the game.

Texas A&M used five rushes by Cyrus Gray and one by Christine Michael to pick up a couple of first downs and run out the clock to preserve a 33-17 Big 12 road win over ther Iowa State Cyclones.

For the game, Texas A&M totalled 510 yards, 261 rushing and 249 passing, while Iowa State was held to 305 yards, 125 rushing and 180 passing. The Aggies picked up 31 first downs to the Cyclones 17 first downs.

Ryan Tannehill completed 23 of 42 passes for 249 yards and 2 TDs. Christine Michael rushed for 142 yards and 1 TD on 18 carries while Cyrus Gray rushed for 139 yards on 22 carries. Jeff Fuller led the Aggie receivers with 7 catches for 75 yards and 1 TD.

For Iowa State, Jared Barnett completed 16 of 36 passes for 180 yards and rushed for 66 yards on 13 carries. Josh Lenz caught 8 passes for 117 yards. James White rushed for 60 yards and 1 TD on 16 carries.

Texas A&M improves their record to 5-2, 3-1 in the Big 12 conference.

The Aggies come home to Kyle Field to host Missouri next Saturday in an 11 am kickoff.

 


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