Arnaud pulled the Cyclones within 42-28 on a 9-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter. Johnson answered by hitting Fuller for an 8-yard score with 4:22 left, only to watch Arnaud throw a TD pass to Collin Franklin 52 seconds later.
Fuller had a team-high eight catches for Texas A&M.; Johnson fell just shy of his single-game best of 419 yards passing, which he did against Kansas State on Oct. 11, and his outstanding night continued a disturbing trend for the Cyclones.
Iowa State was among the nation’s worst in pass efficiency defense entering play, and Johnson set a school record for accuracy with a minimum of 30 attempts.
“We’re just not getting good four-man pressure,” Chizik said. “We’re making the game a throw and catch.”
Johnson had 215 yards passing and three touchdowns in the first half and Texas A&M; led 28-17 at the break.
Johnson snapped a 14-all tie with a 12-yard TD pass to Jamie McCoy, and Cyrus Gray pushed Texas A&M;’s lead to 28-14 on a 27-yard touchdown run with 1:22 left in the second quarter.
Alexander Robinson scored from 1 yard out to give the Cyclones a 7-0 lead on the game’s first possession. Johnson answered quickly, finding a wide-open Terrence McCoy — Jamie’s brother — for a 35-yard TD strike to tie the game at 7 midway through the first quarter.
Johnson then hit Jamie McCoy from 37 yards out to make it 14-7 early in the second quarter. Iowa State tied the game on a 1-yard TD run by Jason Scales.
Texas A&M; running back Mike Goodson didn’t suit up. Goodson, the Aggies leading rusher with 386 yards and five touchdowns, sprained his knee last week in a loss to Texas Tech.
R.J. Sumrall had a game-high 143 yards receiving for Iowa State, which lost despite racking up 574 yards of total offense, 34 first downs — the second-most in team history — and zero punts.