MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- On a day filled with mistakes, Texas A&M
finally got it right.
Jorvorskie Lane's second touchdown run, a 2-yarder with just
over four minutes to go, gave the Aggies enough of a cushion to
hold off Kansas State 30-28 on Saturday for their first road
victory of the season.
"It might have looked sloppy at times," wide receiver Chad
Schroeder said, "but the defense came through and we made enough
plays to score a couple more points than them."
Reggie McNeal was at the center of many of those big plays. He
ran for 119 yards and one touchdown, threw for another score and
had runs of 32 and 19 yards on the possession that ended with
Lane's score for a 30-21 lead.
That drive came after Allan Evridge's 42-yard touchdown pass to
Jermaine Moreira with just over eight minutes left got Kansas State
"We knew going into that drive that we had to keep making plays
and go down and score," said McNeal, who ran 26 yards for a
touchdown on A&M's first official snap and put the Aggies up 23-8
with a 5-yard pass to Schroeder in the third quarter. "They had
got on a little roll and had momentum on their side. We had to come
out and make a play."
Lane, a freshman making his first start, had 98 yards rushing in
coach Dennis Franchione's first win in his native Kansas since he
left Pittsburg State in 1989.
Kansas State (4-3, 1-3 Big 12) lost its fifth straight against
Texas A&M (5-2, 2-1). The Wildcats are 0-6 against Big 12 South
teams since their 35-7 shocker over then-No. 1 Oklahoma in the 2003
conference title game.
Evridge threw three touchdown passes for the Wildcats, including
a 4-yarder to Jordy Nelson with 1:27 left that cut A&M's lead to
30-28. But Schroeder recovered the ensuing onside kick at Kansas
State's 47-yard line, sealing the Aggies' victory.
The Wildcats tried for a 2-point conversion after Moreira's
touchdown catch, but Johnny Jolly stuffed Evridge behind the line.
The failed conversion was symptomatic of the Wildcats' ongoing
running woes. They had only 27 yards rushing Saturday, the third
time this season they've been held under 50 yards, and failed to
convert on fourth-and-2 from A&M's 5 in the third quarter.
"I'm not so sure that we couldn't have run the ball better
today," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "I really believe we
could, but the game got away from us quick enough and all of a
sudden we were having some opportunities in the passing game."
Evridge finished with 357 yards passing, 5 short of Kansas
State's freshman record, but was plagued by a series of dropped
balls in the open field -- four by receiver Yamon Figurs.
"It was just a bad day," said Figurs, who caught a 52-yard TD
pass from Evridge in the second quarter for Kansas State's first
touchdown. "I've never had a game like that."
Kansas State's offensive struggles offset a long list of
mistakes by Texas A&M.
The Aggies passed up a first-quarter field goal that would have
given them a 17-0 lead, instead running a fake that went nowhere.
Then, when they did try to kick, Todd Pegram's 43-yard try in the
third quarter fell well short.
"I was mad at myself for not taking the three points with the
wind," Franchione said, "but if I'm going to be mad at myself, at
least I'm going to be aggressive."
The Aggies blocked a punt near Kansas State's goal line in the
second quarter but got only a safety because several A&M players
tried and failed to scoop up the ball rather than falling on it.
They tried to punt out of their own end zone in the fourth
quarter, rather than take a safety, and Nelson recovered Adam
Hamilton's block for a touchdown that got the Wildcats within
Those miscues, and others, turned a seeming rout into a close
After Kansas State went three-and-out on its first possession,
an interference penalty and a personal foul call gave Texas A&M a
short field for McNeal's first score. McNeal took off left, cut
upfield and raced untouched to the end zone.
"It was two defensive backs, two receivers and me," he said.
"I love those odds."
Lane's 2-yard run later in the first quarter, after Kansas
State's Jeff Snodgrass was wide left on a 38-yard field goal
attempt, made it 14-0.
After the safety made it 16-0, Kansas State halved that lead
later in the second quarter on Evridge's TD throw to Figurs and
2-point pass to Parrish Fisher.
Running back Courtney Lewis, who missed the two previous games
for Texas A&M with an undisclosed injury, returned Saturday. Lewis,
the Aggies' leading rusher in 2003 and 2004, had four carries for
19 yards and caught two passes for 15 yards.