Texas A&M never trailed during a 45-33 win over Kansas on Saturday in front of a season-low crowd of 68,487 at Kyle Field. The balanced Aggie offensive attack amassed 547 yards, as quarterbacks Reggie McNeal and Dustin Long combined to pass for 253 yards. The Aggies rushed for 294.
Texas A&M (4-5, 2-3 Big 12) spoiled the debut of Kansas (5-4, 2-3) freshman quarterback Adam Barmann, who shed his redshirt to replace injured Jayhawks QB Bill Whittemore. Whittemore is out with a shoulder injury. Barmann's effort was impressive, passing 25-of-37 for 294 yards with four touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown. Barmann set a Kansas freshman record for yards passing and did not throw an interception until the final minute.
McNeal threw for 30 yards and ran for 20 on A&M's opening drive, which Keith Joseph capped-off with an 8-yard TD run. McNeal missed some time with an apparent left leg injury in the first half and was briefly relieved by senior Dustin Long. McNeal finished 11-of-18 for 259 yards and a touchdown and ran for 71 yards and another score. Long added 35 yards through the air.
Aggie freshman running back Courtney Lewis led the day on the ground for A&M, rushing for 120 yards on 26 carries, while tailback Derek Farmer had 10 carries for 34 yards.
The Aggies struggled with their kicking game, as kicker Todd Pegram went 1-3 on the day, having a 37-yard attempt blocked, and missing a 31-yarder. Pegram successfully kicked a 22-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Texas A&M goes on the road next week to face No. 1-ranked Oklahoma in Norman.
Strong offense leads A&M to 45-33 win over Kansas
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