Texas A&M used a quick start and a stifling defense to shut down Kansas, 61-7, at Kyle Field Saturday afternoon. The Aggies scored on their first five possessions and added a safety while building a 44-0 halftime lead and limited the run-first Jayhawks to eight yards total on the ground.
Sophomore running back James Sims led the Jayhawks with 88 yards on 19 carries and the teamís only score late in the fourth quarter. Sophomore quarterback Jordan Webb finished 19-for-27 for 133 yards, while junior Kale Pick had 46 yards receiving on five catches.
Texas A&Mís Cyrus Gray carried the ball nine times for 94 yards in the first half and reached the end zone three times. Two of Grayís touchdowns were from 30 yards out or longer. Ryan Tannehill was 16-of-21 for 140 yards in the first half and connected with his favorite target, Ryan Swope, on two scores. Swope had seven first half catches for 111 yards.
A little blurb on Withey from SI's weekly power rankings. Kansas is ranked 10th.
A brief appreciation of Jeff Withey, the Jayhawks' underrated 7-footer: Did you know that, for all the ooohing over Anthony Davis' blocks in Kentucky's Champions Classic win over Kansas, Withey had nearly the same block percentage (17.7, to Davis' 19.2)? Or that Withey offensive rebounded at a much higher rate (12.0 percent, to Davis' 3.6)? Or that Withey was the only Jayhawk with a plus-minus rating above one (his was six)? This is not to say that NBA scouts should be reconsidering their evaluations of Davis as next year's No. 1 pick, or that I'd trade Davis for Withey ... it's just to point out that Withey is a very integral part of KU's success, and it can't afford to have him in foul trouble. He's the only player for which Bill Self has absolutely no backup.