Monday, September 5, 2011

Texas A&M routs Southern Methodist, 46-14

Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael ran for two touchdowns apiece and Ryan Tannehill threw for two more scores to help No. 8 Texas A&M beat Southern Methodist, 46-14, on Sunday night at College Station, Texas.

The Aggies were eager to get on the field and bring the focus back to football instead of the school's decision to leave the Big 12 Conference. They got things going early, intercepting Kyle Padron's passes on SMU's first two possessions to jump out to a 14-0 lead.

SMU Coach June Jones replaced Padron with backup J.J. McDermott after the early miscues, and he helped the Mustangs cut it to 20-14 in the second quarter.

But the Mustangs couldn't do much offensively after that and the Aggies scored 26 straight points.

Gray finished with 132 yards rushing. Michael, in his first game since breaking his leg last October, had 85. Tannehill completed 21 of 26 passes for 246 yards. Ryan Swope led Texas A&M's receivers with eight receptions for 109 yards and a score and Jeff Fuller added six catches for 52 yards.

Texas A&M had eight sacks, three by Tony Jerod-Eddie.

West Virginia wins

Geno Smith threw two first-half touchdown passes, Tavon Austin returned a kickoff for a score and No. 24 West Virginia beat Marshall, 34-13, in Morgantown, W.Va., in a game that was stopped early in the fourth quarter because of lightning.

Smith completed 26 of 35 passes for 249 yards. Despite difficulty running the ball, West Virginia improved to 11-0 against its cross-state foe, including six wins since the series resumed in 2006.

Marshall was limited to 13 first downs, 187 total yards and no offensive touchdowns.

The game was first halted with 5 minutes left in the third quarter because of severe storms and play didn't resume for three hours.

Play was stopped again with 14:36 left. But another hour went by before the game was called off, giving new West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen a soggy, successful debut.

The game was delayed a total of 4 hours 22 minutes.

Colorado's road problems continue

Bryant Moniz ran for a career-best 121 yards and three touchdowns and Hawaii beat Colorado, 34-17, on Saturday night in Honolulu, extending the Buffaloes' road woes and spoiling the coaching debut of Jon Embree.

Moniz, who had just 102 yards rushing in 2010 while leading the nation in passing, rushed for 120 yards and two scores in the first half alone. He also threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Joey Iosefa in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory for the Warriors.

His scoring runs of 57 and 14 yards gave Hawaii a 17-0 halftime lead. He added a one-yard TD in the third quarter, pushing the lead back to 17.

Meanwhile, the road losses keep mounting for the Buffaloes, who made their debut as a member of the Pacific 12 Conference. It was Colorado's 18th straight loss on the road, 19 counting the 2007 Independence Bowl. Colorado hasn't won on the road since beating Texas Tech on Oct. 27, 2007.

It was a surprising performance for Moniz, who last year became just the 11th FBS quarterback to surpass 5,000 yards in a season. Moniz was 20 for 33 for 178 yards, far below his 360-yard average last year.

Georgia loses linebacker

Georgia sophomore linebacker Alec Ogletree will have surgery on his broken right foot and will sit out four to six weeks. Ogletree was injured in the first half of the Bulldogs' 35-21 loss to Boise State on Saturday.

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