Jerrod Johnson threw for 290 yards and three TDs and rushed for 61 yards and three TDs as the undefeated Texas A&M Aggies rolled to a 56-19 rout of the UAB Blazers in front 74,656 at Kyle Field on Saturday night.
UAB opened the game with an on-side kick which they recovered at the Aggie 30-yard line. UAB picked up one first down before the Aggie defense stiffened and forced UAB to settle for a 37-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead two minutes into the game.
After an exchange of punts, Texas A&M drove 83 yards in 14 plays and Jerrod Johnson snuck over from the 1-yard line. Randy Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a 7-3 lead with 2:16 left in the first quarter.
The Aggie defense forced UAB three-and-out but on the ensuing punt return Dustin Harris fumbled and UAB recovered at the Aggie 16-yard line. After losing eight yards on three plays, UAB kicked a 31-yard field goal to cut the Aggie lead to 7-6 early in the second quarter.
After Lionel Smith returned the UAB kickoff to the Aggie 39-yard line, Jerrod Johnson scrambled and threw a 58-yard pass to Ryan Tannehill to give A&M a first-and-goal at the 2-yard line. Johnson tossed a touchdown pass to tight end Don Bishop and Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a 14-6 lead at the 12:08 mark in the second quarter.
The Aggies defense forced another UAB three-and-out, then A&M drove 77 yards in six plays, Jerrod Johnson completed two passes to Howard Morrow totalling 47 yards before Johnson scrambled 18 yards for an Aggie touchdown. Bullock's extra point extended the Aggie lead to 21-6 with 8:26 left in the second quarter.
Another UAB three-and-out and a short punt gave A&M good field position at the UAB 47-yard line. It took the Aggies just 5 plays to traverse the 47 yards with Jerrod Johnson scoring on a 6-yard quarterback draw. Bullock's extra point gave A&M a 28-6 lead with 5:34 left in the half.
UAB drove to the Aggie 17-yard line before missing a 47-yard field goal attempt. A&M ran out the clock to take a 28-6 halftime lead to the locker room.
At the half, A&M led UAB in total yards, 299 to 118, and in first downs, 14 to 5. Jerrod Johnson had completed 15-of-19 passes for 219 yards and 1 TD while rushing for 47 yards and 3 TDs on 8 carries. Ryan Tannehill had caught 2 passes for 85 yards, Howard Morrow had 4 catches for 65 yards, and Cyrus Gray had rushed for 37 yards on 11 carries. The Aggie defense had held UAB to just 10 yards passing, with UAB quarterback Joe Webb picking up 67 of UAB's 118 yards on 8 rushing attempts.
UAB opened up the second half by driving 80 yards in 7 plays, and quarterback Joe scrambled for a 10-yard touchdown. UAB went for two but failed, leaving the new score 28-12 early in the third quarter.
Texas A&M responded by using 14 plays to drive 67 yards, and Jerrod Johnson tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to true freshman Ryan Swope. Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a 35-12 leasd with 7:47 left in the third quarter.
After the Aggie defense forced UAB three-and-out, A&M drove 51 yards in 8 plays, with Bradley Stephens rushing for 35 yards on 5 carries, including the last 16 for a touchdown. Bullock's extra point pushed A&M's lead to 42-12 with 3:36 to go in the third quarter.
Another UAB three-and-out and Texas A&M drives 43 yards in 6 plays, with Ryan Tannehill making a 16-yard acrobatic catch of a Jerrod Johnson pass for a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. Bullock's extra point moves A&M's lead to 49-12.
At this point in the game A&M had converted twelve straight third attempts into first downs.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Cyrus Gray had a nice 40-yard touchdown run and Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a 56-12 lead.
On the ensuing possession, UAB backup quarterback David Isabelle broke loose for a 60-yard touchdown scramble. UAB's extra point cut the Aggie lead to 56-19.
Texas A&M kept the ball on the ground to use up the remaining 7:19 of the game and garner their third win of the year.
For the game, Texas A&M led UAB in total yards, 544 to 303, and in first downs, 30 to 13.
For Texas A&M, Jerrod Johnson completed 23-of-29 passes for 290 yards and 3 TDs while rushing for 61 yards and 3 TDs. Ryan Tannehill caught 3 passes for 101 yards and 1 TD. Howard Morrow caught 5 passes for 71 yards and Jamie McCoy caught 5 passes for 59 yards. Cyrus Gray rushed for 99 yards and 1 TD on 19 carrires and Bradley Stephens rushed or 45 yards and 1 TD on 9 carries.
The Aggies improved significantly on the penalty front, picking up just three flags for 25 yards.
Texas A&M (3-0) now prepares to go on the road to face Arkansas next Saturday night in the Southwest Classic being held at the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.