Scores

Final

Texas A&M 14

(3-3, 0-2 SEC)

Kansas State 62

(4-3, 2-1 Big 12)

7:00 PM ET, October 17, 2009

Bill Snyder Stadium, MANHATTAN, KS

1 2 3 4 T
TA&M 0 0 14 014
KSU 17 21 21 362

Top Performers

Passing: J. Johnson (TA&M) - 314 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: D. Thomas (KSU) - 18 CAR, 91 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: U. Nwachukwu (TA&M) - 5 REC, 136 YDS, 2 TD

Week after rout, Kansas St. locks down Texas A&M in humiliating defeat

Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Daniel Thomas ran for four touchdowns in the first half and Brandon Banks returned the second-half kickoff 97 yards for another score, leading Kansas State to an improbable 62-14 rout over Texas A&M Saturday night.

A week after allowing 66 points and more than 700 yards in a disheartening loss to Texas Tech, Kansas State (4-3, 2-1 Big 12) steamrolled Texas A&M on both sides of the ball for its most lopsided conference win since beating Iowa State 58-7 in 2002.

The Wildcats led 38-0 at halftime after Thomas scored on runs of 7, 3, 9 and 17 yards, then scored 21 points over the first 5:12 of the third quarter before Texas A&M (3-3, 0-2) finally started to put points on the board.

Keithen Valentine ran for a pair of touchdowns in the second half and Grant Gregory was steady after being replaced by Carson Coffman last week, throwing for 147 yards and a touchdown on 10-of-13 passing.

Embarrassed by Texas Tech, Kansas State's defense took it out on Texas A&M, forcing five turnovers while holding the Aggies to 70 first-half yards and minus-13 yards rushing overall.

The Wildcats also harassed Jerrod Johnson, the Big 12's total offense leader, with six sacks and three interceptions, ending his Big 12 record at 242 pass attempts without throwing a pick. He finished with 314 yards passing and threw two touchdowns to Uzoma Nwachukwu -- both after Kansas State had built a 59-0 lead.

The defensive dominance gave the Wildcats a short field most of the game and they took advantage, scoring on six of seven drives for their most points in a half since scoring 50 against New Mexico State in 2001.

Kansas State kept the pressure up from there, with Banks getting his school-record third kickoff return for a TD this season and Valentine scoring on runs of 9 and 20 yards to put away any thought of a comeback.

Texas A&M was in trouble from the start.

Running back Jamie McCoy fumbled on Aggies' second play from scrimmage and Kansas State's Troy Butler recovered at the Aggies' 29. Thomas scored four plays later on a 7-yard run up the middle.

Texas A&M's next two drives ended in punts and good field position for Kansas State. Josh Cherry put the Wildcats up 10-0 with a 23-yard field goal, then Thomas -- after a 24-yard punt return by Banks and a face-mask penalty -- went around right end for an easy 3-yard touchdown run when the Aggies blew outside containment on an option.

Nearly a touchdown underdog at home, Kansas State led 17-0 after the first quarter.

And the Wildcats weren't done. Far from it.

Tysyn Hartman ended Johnson's single-season conference record of no interceptions at 225 passes with a pick in the second quarter, setting up Thomas' fourth TD of the half.

Trying to run out the clock in the closing seconds, Johnson and Christine Michael had a bad exchange on a handoff and Kansas recovered the fumble. Gregory hit Collin Klein on a 16-yard touchdown pass on the next play to give the Wildcats more points in the first half than they had scored in five of six games this season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TA&M
KSU
1st Downs1924
Total Yards301424
Passing314192
Rushing-13232
Penalties4-467-54
3rd Down Conversions4-144-13
4th Down Conversions1-21-2
Turnovers50
Possession22:5237:08

Passing Leaders

Texas A&MC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Johnson21/453147.023
Kansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Gregory10/1314711.310

Rushing Leaders

Texas A&MCARYDSAVGTDLG
Michael11222.0015
Gray231.505
Kansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thomas18915.1417
Valentine10616.1222

Receiving Leaders

Texas A&MRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nwachukwu513627.2266
Morrow67512.5021
Kansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Banks66010.0018
Mastrud25226.0045

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTA&MKSU
TD13:00Daniel Thomas 7 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick) 07
FG06:34Josh Cherry 23 Yd 010
TD03:34Daniel Thomas 3 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick) 017
SECOND QUARTERTA&MKSU
TD08:19Daniel Thomas 9 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick) 024
TD01:02Daniel Thomas 17 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick) 031
TD00:10Collin Klein 16 Yd Pass From Grant Gregory (Josh Cherry Kick) 038
THIRD QUARTERTA&MKSU
TD14:46Brandon Banks 97 Yd Kickoff Return (Josh Cherry Kick) 045
TD13:50Keithen Valentine 9 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick) 052
TD09:48Keithen Valentine 20 Yd Run (Josh Cherry Kick) 059
TD09:34Uzoma Nwachukwu 66 Yd Pass From Jerrod Johnson (Randy Bullock Kick) 759
TD05:01Uzoma Nwachukwu 23 Yd Pass From Jerrod Johnson (Randy Bullock Kick) 1459
FOURTH QUARTERTA&MKSU
FG08:07Brandon Klimek 46 Yd 1462