Ryan Greene, Ryan Wood and Tom Keegan discuss how KU was able to get the best of Texas A&M the old-fashioned way - both stopping the run and moving the ball on the ground themselves.
Texas A&M looked to stop the KU passing attack featuring quarterback Todd Reesing. The sophomore finished with 180 yards on 21-of-33 passing, with no interceptions and no touchdowns.
A shaky start made KU rely on running back Brandon McAnderson for yards in the first quarter.
"He wasn't rattled," KU coach Mark Mangino said of Reesing. "I think he was so anxious to make something happen early in the game that he was out of sync for a couple of series. He played well. He made plays."
¢ Kansas is 8-0 for the first time since 1909 and has a chance at improving to 9-0 for the first time since 1908. Also, the Jayhawks are 4-0 in Big 12 Conference play, marking the first time they've ever won four games in the Big 12.
¢ Junior Kendrick Harper started at cornerback opposite Aqib Talib, while freshman Chris Harris came in for nickel packages. It was the first change to the starting 11 on defense all season, and Mangino attributed it to the package KU wanted to run.
"There's nothing to read into that," Mangino said. "We're very happy with Chris and where he is."
¢ Announced attendance was 85,341, the second-largest crowd Kansas ever has played in front of. The largest was a 1979 game at Michigan, which attracted 100,118 fans.
¢ Among those in attendance was former president George H.W. Bush and current secretary of defense Robert Gates. Bush attends several Texas A&M games every year.
¢ Kerry Meier, KU's backup quarterback, started his third game this season as a slot receiver. Kansas opened in the five-wide set
¢ Saturday was Military Appreciation Day at Texas A&M. Among other pregame festivities, a Navy helicopter did a flyover.
¢ McAnderson had 94 yards rushing on seven carries in the first quarter alone, including runs of 22, 20 and 33 yards. He added a 40-yard run in the fourth quarter.
¢ Kansas had 407 yards of total offense, marking the seventh time in eight games it has surpassed 400 yards. Only Colorado prevented Kansas from hitting the plateau.
¢ The Jayhawks won in the state of Texas for the first time since 2001, when they beat Texas Tech in overtime.
¢ Kansas hasn't been 4-0 in conference play since 1992, when it was in the Big Eight.
¢ KU kicker Scott Webb gave the Jayhawks their first lead at 3-0 in the third quarter, but overall he struggled on the night. He missed field-goal attempts from 31 and 33 yards and had a 27-yard try blocked.
¢ Kansas tried trickery on the last play of the first half. After giving the impression in the two previous plays that it was running out the clock before halftime, KU got in the victory formation, Reesing acted as if he were going to kneel and instead looked downfield for Marcus Henry. Texas A&M didn't get caught snoozing, though, and Reesing ate the ball and took a sack.
¢ All four of KU's conference opponents to date - Kansas State, Baylor, Colorado and Texas A&M - have finished with less than 100 rushing yards against Kansas.
¢ Mangino now owns a 33-35 career record as KU's head coach.
¢ Representative from the Alamo, Independence and Texas bowls were in attendance.