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Iowa Sports

October 26, 2008

A & M downs Cyclones in Texas-style shootout

AMES, Iowa (AP) — How crazy is the Big 12? Even the league’s cellar dwellers can put on a show.

Jerrod Johnson threw for 381 yards and a career-high four touchdown passes as Texas A&M; beat Iowa State 49-35 Saturday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Johnson was 31-of-39 passing and also ran for a touchdown for the Aggies (3-5, 1-3 Big 12), who set a season high for points and picked up their first Big 12 win under coach Mike Sherman.

Texas A&M; and Iowa State entered play at the bottom of most of the Big 12’s defensive categories — and they’re going to stay there for at least another week. The Aggies and Cyclones racked up 1,083 yards of total offense, converted 23 of 31 third downs and punted just twice in yet another Big 12 offensive explosion.

“I’ve never experienced a game like this in my life,” Sherman said. ’This was very unique.”

But it was Johnson who provided the difference, finding four different Texas A&M; receivers for at least six catches. Jamie McCoy led the way with 110 yards receiving and two TDs as Johnson tore apart Iowa State’s beleaguered defense.

“They really exploited us everywhere,” head coach Gene Chizik said. “They just pretty much had their way with us tonight.”

Austen Arnaud threw for a career-high 371 yards and a touchdown for Iowa State (2-6, 0-4), which dropped its sixth straight and is now the Big 12’s only winless team in conference play.

Johnson directed two straight scoring drives after the Cyclones got within 28-20 midway through the third quarter. He got Texas A&M; moving late in the third quarter with his longest pass of the night, a 43-yarder to Jeff Fuller, and Jorvorskie Lane’s 1-yard TD run put the Aggies back ahead 35-20 heading into the fourth quarter.

Johnson’s 5-yard TD run with 11:27 left made it 42-20.

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