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(Saturday, November 19th)
Final Score: Texas A&M 61, Kansas 7
College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Ryan Tannehill threw for three touchdowns and Cyrus Gray ran for three, as Texas A&M routed the Kansas Jayhawks 61-7 in Big 12 action at Kyle Field.
The Aggies (6-5, 4-4 Big 12) scored on their first five possessions to snap a three-game slide and become bowl eligible in blowout fashion. Tannehill completed 21-of-26 passes for 280 yards, while Ryan Swope caught nine passes for 137 yards and two scores. Gray did all his damage in the first half, as he was on the sideline in street clothes in the second half with an undisclosed injury. Still, he finished with 94 yards on nine carries, three of which found the end zone.
James Sims ran for 88 yards and a TD for the Jayhawks (2-9, 0-8), who lost their ninth consecutive game. Jordan Webb threw for only 133 yards with an interception, lost two fumbles and was sacked six times.
The Aggies jumped all over KU in the first quarter. Gray opened the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown scamper less than four minutes into the game.
Texas A&M's defense came up with a safety on a botched punt attempt at the 6:01 mark of the first quarter. The Aggies extended their lead with two more touchdowns in the opening frame. The first came on a 27-yard pass from Tannehill to Swope with just under four minutes remaining, and the second came on a 36-yard dash by Gray at the 2:08 mark.
Tannehill found Swope again for a 52-yard scoring strike early in the second quarter to make it a 30-0 game. After a one-yard touchdown run by Gray midway through the quarter, Tannehill extended the Aggies' lead to 44-0 with a 27- yard touchdown pass to Nate Askew with less than a minute remaining until halftime.
Texas A&M continued to pour it on in the second half. Ben Malena scored on a one-yard run early in the third quarter, and Randy Bullock tacked on a 28-yard field goal at the 5:45 mark to make it a 54-0 contest. The Jayhawks punted the ball away on their next possession, and Dustin Harris returned the punt 72 yards to the end zone for a 61-0 Aggies' lead. KU avoided the shutout with a touchdown run by Sims in the final minute.
The Jayhawks have now lost 11 straight conference games, with their last win in Big 12 play coming against Colorado on Nov. 6, 2010. Aggies' defensive end Damontre Moore had a big day with eight tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
11/19 16:28:54 ET