Jayhawks Fall at Texas A&M, 61-7
Nov. 19, 2011
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M used a quick start and a stifling defense to shut down Kansas, 61-7, at Kyle Field Saturday afternoon. The Aggies scored on their first five possessions and added a safety while building a 44-0 halftime lead and limited the run-first Jayhawks to eight yards total on the ground.
Texas A&M (6-5, 3-4 Big 12) reached bowl eligibility behind strong offensive performances from Ryan Tannehill (21-of-26 for 280 yards and three scores), Cyrus Gray (nine carries for 94 yards and three scores) and Ryan Swope (nine catches for 137 yards and two scores). The Aggie defense was equally impressive in handing Kansas (2-9, 0-8 Big 12) it’s ninth-consecutive loss.
Sophomore running back James Sims led the Jayhawks with 88 yards on 19 carries and the team’s only score late in the fourth quarter. Sophomore quarterback Jordan Webb finished 19-for-27 for 133 yards, while junior Kale Pick had 46 yards receiving on five catches.
Texas A&M’s Cyrus Gray carried the ball nine times for 94 yards in the first half and reached the end zone three times. Two of Gray’s touchdowns were from 30 yards out or longer. Ryan Tannehill was 16-of-21 for 140 yards in the first half and connected with his favorite target, Ryan Swope, on two scores. Swope had seven first half catches for 111 yards.
Kansas turned the ball over three times in the opening periods, leading to two Texas A&M touchdowns. Early in the game a snap went over punter Ron Doherty’s head, rolled into the end zone, and Doherty kicked it out of the back for a safety instead of giving up a touchdown.
The miscue, several quarterback sacks and a stingy Aggie defense kept the Jayhawks in negative rushing yardage for the first half (-13) on 26 attempts. James Sims led KU on the ground with 19 yards. Jordan Webb was 17-of-21 in the first half for 121 yards and threw one interception. Kale Pick had five catches for 46 yards, including a diving one-handed catch for a first down midway through the second quarter.
KU didn’t get on the board until the final two minutes of the fourth quarter when Sims, freshman Tony Pierson and senior Rell Lewis combined to rush for 56 yards on the drive. Sims gained the final 15 yards out of the “Jayhawk” formation, taking the direct snap up the middle for his ninth rushing touchdown of the season.
The Jayhawks will face Border Showdown rival Missouri next Saturday at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium at 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Net.