COLLEGE STATION- Kansas State has kept the Texas A&M football team winless in Big 12 Conference play.
The Wildcats blew past the Aggies, 44-to-30, as quarterback Josh Freeman scored four touchdowns.
The Ags fall to 2-&-4 overall.
The Men in Maroon are 0-&-2 in the Conference of Record.
They host Texas Tech next Saturday at 11am.
For the second straight week, the A&M offense produced a season-high in total offense. The Aggies had 544 yards today after compiling 402 last week at Oklahoma State. It was the most offensive yards by A&M since the Aggies had 552 against Baylor in last year’s Big 12 opener. A&M also produced season highs in passing yards (419), pass completions (29) and pass attempts (41). The Aggies averaged 7.4 yards per play.
Sophomore quarterback Jerrod Johnson set school records for total offense (487) and passing yards (419). He also rushed 17 times for 68 yards, both career bests. The previous record for total offense was 449 (349 pass/100 rush) by Reggie McNeal vs. SMU in 2005. The previous mark for passing yards was 399 by Dustin Long vs. Kansas in 2002. Johnson’s previous total offense high was 272 yards (275 pass/-3 rush) vs. Miami (Fla).
Johnson completed 29-of-41 passes, both career highs. His 29 completions were sixth most in school history and the 41 attempts tied for 14th. His previous rushing high was 49 vs. La.-Monroe in 2007.
Of Johnson’s 29 completions, 21 were to freshman receivers: 12 to redshirt freshman Ryan Tannehill, seven to true freshman Jeff Fuller and two to true freshman Cyrus Gray.
Tannehill set school freshman records for receptions (12) and receiving yards (210). The previous freshman marks were 10 catches and 146 yards by Terrence Murphy vs. Colorado in 2001. Tannehill is the fifth freshman to surpass the 100-yard level in receiving yards in a game and the first since Kerry Franks had 128 against Wyoming in 2004.
Tannehill’s 12 catches tied for the fourth most overall in school history and were the most since Albert Connell had a school-record 18 catches against Colorado in 1996. His 210 yards were a record for an Aggie in a Big 12 game and were the third most overall in school annals. The last time an Aggie had more receiving yards was in 2005, when Jason Carter had 219 (8 receptions) against Texas State.
Seven of Tannehill’s 12 catches went for first downs, including six on third-down situations.
Senior Jorvorskie Lane’s one-yard plunge late in the second quarter was the 45th rushing touchdown of his career, which breaks the A&M school record that he shared with Darren Lewis (1987-90). It was his 46th total touchdown of his career, which also breaks the school mark that he shared with Lewis and Rodney Thomas (1991-94).
KSU’s punt block in the first quarter marked the first time a Justin Brantly punt has been blocked since the Texas game in 2005, a span of 128 punts.
Seeing his first action of the season was Billy Chavis, who has shifted to linebacker after spending the spring and August camp at tight end.
Taking off their redshirts for today’s game were tight end K.J. Williams (Norman, Okla.) and placekicker Randy Bullock (Klein, Texas).
Making his first career start was redshirt freshman tight end Ben Bass
Game captains were senior Travis Schneider, senior Cyril Obiozor and senior Justin Brantly
Senior fullback Nick LaMantia was the 12th Man for a record 28th time.
The loss gave A&M its first 0-2 conference since the 1984 Aggies fell to Texas Tech (30-12) and Houston (9-7) in Southwest Conference play.
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