It’s Monday. It’s cold and rainy. We’re trying to get jacked for something called a Texas Bowl three weeks from now in Houston. The only thing we know how to do is to post clips of our favorite moments from K-State games that happened well over a decade ago. Enjoy!
#5: 2001 (Penright scoop-n-score)
2001 was a scrappy squad. This was actually the last time the Aggies had a top ten defense. Guys like Terrence Kiel, Ty Warren, Rocky Bernard, and Sammy Davis were out there all the time as the offense sputtered and punted all year. And they scored. Christian Rodriguez nailed KSU QB Ell Roberson to force a fumble late in the third quarter of this game in Manhattan and Jarrod Penright picked it up and rumbled 17 yards into the end zone to put A&M up 31-10. KSU put in their backup QB who led a pair of 4th quarter TD drives, but it wasn’t enough. The defense literally had the game-winning score. If you can find visual evidence of this game actually existed, please share in the comments. Here’s the box score page.
#4: 2005, Jorvorskie Lane’s first start
The J-Train rumbled for 98 yards on 28 carries and 2 touchdowns, and Reggie made just enough plays to give the Ags the edge. The following special teams summary from the ESPN recap perfectly encapsulates the Franchione era and 2005 in particular.
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 23-15.
#3 2004 Reggie McNeal seals the game.
This was just a gear that no one else on the field at that moment could access.
#2: 2000 unranked Aggies stifle #8 Wildcats
This was a suffocating performance by the home team. Kyle Field was sparked. Toombs was bowling over defenders and the defense held KSU to 14 of 40 passing. Pretty classic early 2000’s performance, and check out these snippets for perspective:
Texas A&M snapped eighth-ranked Kansas State's 60-game regular-season winning streak against unranked teams
The Aggies (5-2, 4-1 Big 12 South) took a 19-0 halftime lead and held on to hand the Wildcats their first loss against an unranked club since falling to Iowa on November 6, 1993.
It was the Aggies sixth straight victory at Kyle Field over a ranked team and third in a row here against a top-10 school.
The crowd of 80,659 was the third largest at Kyle Field.