No 9 Kansas wins 19-11 battle over Texas A&M

No 9 Kansas survived a fourth quarter Texas A&M comeback attempt to preserve a 19-11 win and remain undefeated. After a scoreless first half, Kansas scored 19 unanswered points in the third quarter. Brandon McAnderson rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Jayhawks.

No 9 Kansas survived a fourth quarter Texas A&M comeback attempt to preserve a 19-11 win and remain undefeated. After a scoreless first half, Kansas scored 19 unanswered points in the third quarter. Brandon McAnderson rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Jayhawks.

After an exchange of punts to start the game, Kansas drove to the A&M 10-yard line before the Aggie defense stiffened and forced Kansas to attempt a field goal. The 17-yard field goal attempt by Kansas was blocked by Aggie defensive end Chris Harrington.

Both Kansas and Texas A&M had their chance to score in the second quarter when each team drove inside their opponent's 10-yard line, only to come up with no points. Kansas missed another field goal, this time from 31 yards, while the Aggies failed to convert on a 4th-and-1 when Jorvorskie Lane was stuffed for a loss of two.

Texas A&M received the opening kickoff of the second half but went three-and-out. Kansas drove 50 yards on 11 plays and got on the scoreboard on a 31-yard field goal by Scott Webb. After the Aggie offense again went three-and-out, Kansas drove 54 yards in 6 plays and fullback Brandon McAnderson scored on a 6-yard run. Webb's extra point gave Kansas a 10-0 lead 4:57 in the third quarter.

Brandon McAnderson rumbles.
Kansas fullback Brandon McAnderson rushed for 183 yards and 2 TDs. (AP Photo/Paul Zoeller)

After a third three-and-out of the third quarter by the Aggie offense, Kansas drove 44 yards in 8 plays and Scott Webb kicked a 32-yard field goal to extend the Kansas lead to 13-0 at the end of the third quarter.

The Aggie offensive woes continued when on the enuing Aggie possession Stephen McGee fumbled on an exchange with Jorvorskie Lane and Kansas recovered at the Aggie 43-yard line. On their first play from srimmage, Brandon McAnderson rushed up the middle for 40 yards. On third-and-goal from the three, McAnderson scored a touchdown to open up a 19-0 lead at 11:29 in the fourth quarter.

Texas A&M finally got on the board midway through the fourth quarter on a 21-yard field goal by Matt Szymanski. The Aggies used 16 plays to drive 70 yards to the Kansas 4-yard line before settling for a field goal to pull within to touchdown and two-point conversions, 19-3.

Texas A&M attempted an on-side kick but the ball went out-of-bounds, giving Kansas possession at the Aggie 42-yard line. Kansas drove to the Aggie 16-yard line before Scott Webb missed his third field goal of the night, this one from 33 yards. Texas A&M quickly drove 80 yards in 8 plays, scoring on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Stephen McGee to freshman Roger Holland. A&M converted a 2-point attempt on a quarterback draw by Stephen McGee to pull within a touchdown and two-point conversion, 19-11.

For the game, Kansas led Texas A&M in total yards, 407 to 318, and in first downs, 24 to 16. A key for the game was that Texas A&M was held to 74 yards rushing on 27 carries.

Coach Fran on the sidelines.
Coach Fran applauds first half defensive play. (AP Photo/Paul Zoeller)

For Texas A&M, Stephen McGee completed 24 of 44 passes for 244 yards and 1 TD and rushed for 11 yards on 10 carries and 1 TD. Martellus Bennett caught 8 passes for 91 yards, Earvin Taylor caught 5 passes for 51 yards, and Roger Holland caught 3 passes for 40 yards and 1 TD. Mike Goodson rushed for 33 yards on 9 carries and Jorvorskie Lane rushed for 24 yards on 7 carries.

For Kansas, Todd Reesing completed 22 of 35 passes for 185 yards and 1 TD. Brandon McAnderson rushed for 183 yards and 2 TDs on 21 carries. Dezmon Briscoe led the Jayhawks in receiving catching 6 passes for 49 yards.

No 9 Kansas (8-0, 4-0) remains undefeated and faces Oklahoma State next Saturday. It is looking like the Big 12 North championship will be decided when Kansas hosts No 13 Missouri on November 24th.

Texas A&M (6-3, 3-2) now prepares to Norman next Saturday to face No 4 Oklahoma (7-1, 3-1).

Watch for indepth Aggie Websider analysis of the Kansas game and previews of the Oklahoma game.

 



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