Kansas stays unbeaten with 8 point win over A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Chalk up another win for Kansas, and this one is downright historic.

Brandon McAnderson rushed for a career-high 183 yards and two touchdowns and the 12th-ranked Jayhawks improved to 8-0 for the first time since 1909 with a 19-11 win over Texas A&M.

Todd Reesing went 21-for-33 for 180 yards and the Jayhawks' fifth-ranked defense did the rest, holding the Aggies to 127 yards and six first downs through three quarters. A&M gained 191 yards in the fourth quarter, after the Jayhawks built a 19-0 lead.

Kansas improved to 4-0 in the Big 12 for the first time, snapped a seven-game losing streak to A&M and earned its first win in Texas since 2001. The Jayhawks have reached eight victories for just the 12th time in school history.

Kansas played a lightweight nonconference schedule and skeptics were still waiting to see if these Jayhawks were legitimate. Though it got close at the end, this performance should silence many doubters.

The Jayhawks held the Aggies' fifth-ranked rushing offense to 56 yards through three quarters, dominating A&M's offensive line. That left the Aggies to rely on their 111th-ranked passing game, which didn't start clicking until the very end, when the Jayhawks were willing to give up short passes.

A&M's Stephen McGee finished 24-for-44 for 244 yards, but most of the completions came in the last quarter. The Aggies (6-3, 3-2) had minus-9 yards in the third quarter, when Kansas started to build the lead.

The Aggies avoided their first home shutout since 1971 when Matt Szymanski kicked a 21-yard field goal with 7:20 left.

McGee threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to freshman Roger Holland with 2:06 remaining and ran for a 2-point conversion to make it 19-11. Raimond Pendleton recovered an onside kick, but A&M got the ball back with 52 seconds left.

McGee hit tight end Martellus Bennett near midfield, but two desperation heaves to the end zone fell incomplete.

The Jayhawks play Nebraska next week, seeking their first 9-0 start since 1908. Kansas is already guaranteed its best record since the 1995 team went 10-2 in the final season of the Big 8.

Kansas kicker Scott Webb, who was 11-for-12 on field goals coming into the game, had one blocked and hooked another try in the scoreless first half.

The Jayhawks defense stifled A&M until the Aggies drove to the Kansas 9 late in the second quarter. On fourth-and-1, Kansas stuffed 275-pound Jorvorskie Lane, who'd gained first downs on 14 of 17 third-down runs this season. Lane rushed for just 24 yards.

Kansas shut out its opponent in the first half for the sixth time this year.

Reesing went 7-for-8 on the Jayhawks' first drive of the second half, and Webb hit a 31-yard field goal with 9:16 left in the third quarter.

Kansas got the ball back near midfield after A&M's Justin Brantly shanked a 20-yard punt. Reesing completed first-down passes to Dexton Fields and Dezmon Briscoe before McAnderson's 6-yard touchdown run with 5:04 left in the third quarter.

The Jayhawks scored 10 points in the second half before the Aggies got their initial first down.

Reesing completed 12 of his first 13 passes in the third quarter and got Kansas to the A&M 8 on a 14-yard throw to Derek Fine. A&M defensive end Cyril Obiozor sacked Reesing on third down and the Jayhawks settled for Webb's 32-yard field goal to go up 13-0.

Mike Goodson got A&M's initial first down of the second half on a 5-yard run a minute into the fourth quarter. Two plays later, McGee and Goodson fumbled a handoff exchange and Kansas recovered at the Aggies' 43.

McAnderson ran 40 yards on the next play and bulled into the end zone on third down to make it 19-0. The Jayhawks failed on a 2-point conversion try.


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