Aggies suffer 62-14 road loss to Kansas St

Texas A&M went on the road to face Kansas St in what most Aggie faithful expected would be a win. Unfortunately the Aggie football failed to show up for the game, and in the worst performance of the Mike Sherman era, Kansas State rolled to a 62-14 win over Texas A&M. Daniel Thomas had four first half rushing touchdowns for Kansas St.

Texas A&M travelled to Manhattan, Kansas, on their first true road game of the season to face the 3-and-3 Kansas State Wildcats.

Kansas St was coming off a 66-14 blowout loss at Texas Tech last week, while Texas A&M was edged out 36-31 at home by No 15 Oklahoma St.

Most Aggie faithful expected Texas A&M to come home with a win from this game.

Unfortunately the Aggie football failed to show up for the game, and in the worst performance of the Mike Sherman era, Kansas State opened up a 38-0 halftime lead, and proceeded to roll to a 62-14 win over Texas A&M.

The Aggies were trailing 17-0 before they got their second first down of the game.

Texas A&M received the opening kickoff and on their second play from scrimmage Jamie McCoy fumbled and Kansas St recovered the ball at Aggie 29-yard line. It took the Wildcats just 4 plays to drive the 29 yards, with Daniel Thomas scoring on a 9-yard run.

After an Aggie punt, Kansas St drove 55 yards to the A&M 6-yard line before having to settle for a 23-yard Josh Cheery field goal to make it 10-0 Wildcats.

The next Aggie punt after a three-and-out was returned by Kansas St to the Aggie 11-yard line. Thomas scored his second touchdown on a 3-yard run to give Kansas St a 17-0 lead.

Early in the second quarter, Kansas St drove 67 yards in 5 plays, and Thomas' third touchdown of the night gave the Wildcats a 24-0 lead at the 8:19 mark.

On the ensuing drive, the only Aggie scoring threat in the first half ended when a Jerrod Johnson pass was intercepted at the Kansas St 18-yard line and returned 12 yards. Kansas St mounted an 11-play, 70-yard drive, and Thomas scored his fourth touchdown of the night on a 17-yard run to extend the Wildcat lead to 31-0.

The next Aggie possession ended on a Christine Michael fumble and on their first play from scrimmage Kansas St quarterback Grant Gregory connected with Collin Klein on a 16-yard touchdown pass give Kansas St a 38-0 halftime lead.

At the half, Kansas St led Texas A&M in total yards, 271 to 70, and in first downs, 17 to 5. Three Aggie turnovers and poor special teams play had resulted in short Wildcat touchdown drives of 29, 11 and 16 yards. The Aggies had just 6 yards rushing on 14 attempts. The only Aggie drive that threatened a score ended on an interception.

Things didn't get much better for the Aggies in the second half.

Kansas St's Brandon Bank returned the opening kickoff of the second half 97 yards for a touchdown to extend the Kansas St lead to 45-0.

Jerrod Johnson was sacked and then threw and interception that was returned by Kansas St to the Aggie 9-yard line. Keithen Valentine scored a touchdown on a 9-yard run to push the Wildcat lead to 52-0 just 1:10 into the third quarter.

After another Aggie punt and Banks' 21-yard punt return to the Aggie 43-yard line, it took Kansas St 5 plays to score, with Keithen Valentine getting his second touchdown on a 20-yard run to extend the Wildcat lead to 59-0 with 9:48 still to go in the third quarter.

Texas A&M finally got on the board when Jerrod Johnson threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Uzoma Nwachukwu. Bullock's extra point cut the lead to 59-7.

After Kansas St turned the ball over on downs, Texas A&M drove 71 yards in 5 plays and Jerrod Johnson again found Uzoma Nwachukwu for a touchdown, this time for 43 yards. Bullock's extra point made it 59-14 with five minutes left in the third quarter.

A series of punts followed until midway through the fourth quarter when Kansas St's Brandon Klimek kicked a 46-yard field goal to make the score 62-14 with eight minutes left in the game.

A&M drove to the Kansas St 5-yard line but Jerrod Johnson suffered his third interception of the night, this one in the end zone.

The Aggies got one more chance but time expired with the Aggies driving, as Kansas St rolled to a 62-14 win.

For the game, Kansas St led Texas A&M in total yards, 424 to 301, and in first downs, 24 to 19. The Aggies suffered 5 turnovers compared to none for the Wildcats. The Aggies were -13 in rushing yards.

For Texas A&M, Jerrod Johnson completed 21 of 45 passes for 314 yards and 2 TDs, but with the 3 costly interceptions. True freshman Uzoma Nwachukwu had another 100-yard receiving game, this week catching 5 passes for 136 yards and 2 TDs. Howard Morrow caught 6 passes for 75 yards.

For Kansas St (4-3, 2-1 Big 12), Grant Gregory completed 10 of 13 passes for 147 yards and 1 TD, while Carson Coffman completed 5 of 6 for 45 yards. Daniel Thomas rushed for 91 yards and 4 TDs on 18 carries. Keithen Valentine had 61 yards and 2 TDs on 10 carries. Brandon Banks caught 6 passes for 60 yards, returned 2 kickoffs for 129 yards and 1 TD, and had 5 punt returns for 53 yards.

Texas A&M falls to 3-3, 0-2 in the Big 12, and will now try to regroup before facing Texas Tech in Lubbock next Saturday.


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