AMES, IA- The Texas A&M football team put up some eye-opening numbers in Saturday night's win over Iowa State.
SCORING ON THE ROAD -- A&M’s 49 points against Iowa State were the most by the Aggies in a road game since scoring 51 points in a 51-14 romp over Missouri in 1999.
FRIENDLY CONFINES -- With tonight’s 49-35 victory, Mike Sherman became the third A&M coach to notch the first Big 12 road victory of their career against Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium. R.C. Slocum tallied a 24-21 victory in 1996, while Dennis Franchione posted his Big 12 road victory No. 1 with a 34-3 win in 2004.
ACCURACY RECORD FOR JOHNSON -- It was a record-setting accuracy night for quarterback Jerrod Johnson, who completed a sizzling 79.5 percent of his passes against Iowa State. The previous accuracy record with a minimum of 30 attempts was 69.4 percent by Stephen McGee vs. Texas in 2007 (25-of-36) and Kevin Murray vs. Baylor in 1986 (25-of-36). Johnson connected on 31-of-39 passes for 381 yards, which marks his second 300-yard game of 2008 and his career. His 31 completions were a career high and the most since Branndon Stewart set the school record of 34 against Colorado in 1996. Johnson became the fourth A&M quarterback to have two or more 300-yard passing games in a season (the others are Dustin Long, Randy McCown, Mark Farris and Reggie McNeal). Johnson used eight different receivers, including three freshmen, for his big passing night.
SEASON HIGH FOR POINTS -- The Aggies’ 49 points were a season-high, and ranked as the most points by A&M since a 54-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe in 2007. It was the most points by any Mike Sherman-coached team since the Green Bay Packers beat the New Orleans Saints, 52-3, in 2005. The two teams combined for 84 points, which also occurred in A&M’s 56-28 loss to Oklahoma State.
FIRST HALF PRODUCTION -- For the second straight week, the Aggies established season highs for first half points and total offense. In the first two quarters, the Aggies scored 28 points (previous best was 23 last week vs. Texas Tech) and 275 total yards (previous best was 274 vs. Tech).
THE REAL McCOYS -- The Aggies’ McCoy brothers -- Jamie and Terrence -- combined for 13 catches for 177 yards and three touchdowns, which has to be the most productive game ever by a brother tandem in school history.
Jamie McCoy led the way with seven catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns, all career highs. He is the first A&M tight end to surpass the 100-yard level since Martellus Bennett had 133 yards on five catches against Baylor in 2006.
Terrence McCoy contributed six catches for 67 yards, which were both career highs, and a touchdown.
TANNEHILL BREAKS ANOTHER FRESHMAN RECORD ... -- With six catches for 78 yards, redshirt freshman Ryan Tannehill broke A&M’s freshman receptions and receiving yards records. Tannehill now has 39 catches (breaking Terrence Murphy’s record of 36 set in 2001) and 583 receiving yards (breaking Brian Mitchell’s record of 519 set in 1991).
... SO DOES FULLER -- Fellow freshman Jeff Fuller grabbed sole possession of the freshman receiving touchdowns record with his fifth receiving score of the year when he scored on a eight-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter.
ANOTHER FRESHMAN BREAKS RECORD -- True freshman Cyrus Gray set a school record for kickoff return yards in a season. Gray had 53 yards on two returns against ISU, which pushed his season total to 650 (breaking old mark of 644 yards set by Kerry Franks in 2007).
THE BIG 5-0 -- Ray Guy Award candidate Justin Brantly pinned the Cyclones at their 2-yard line early in the third quarter for the 50th "coffin corner" kick of his career. He is chasing Shane Lechler’s record of 59 set from 1996-99.
J-TRAIN HITS PAYDIRT -- Senior fullback Jorvorskie Lane increased his school records for career rushing and total touchdowns to 46 and 47, respectively, with a one-yard plunge in the second half.
ANOTHER FRESHMAN STARTER -- Making his first career start was true freshman Joey Villavisenscio, who was also seeing the first action of his A&M career. He became the seventh true freshman to start this year, and the eighth member of Mike Sherman’s initial signing class to start.
• The 12th Man was junior fullback Ryan O’Bryant, who earned the starting nod for the second straight week.
• Game captains were 12th Man Ryan O’Bryant, quarterback Jerrod Johnson and defensive back Alton Dixon. The Aggies won the toss and deferred to the second half.
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