Big plays on both sides highlighted a fun first half in the Texas Bowl between old Big 12 rivals Kansas State and Texas A&M as the Wildcats took a 23-14 lead into halftime.
Keith Ford punched it into the end zone from seven yards out to kick off scoring for the Aggies after a 75-yard scoring drive to open the game. While things may have looked easy for Kevin Sumlin’s crew after that kind of impressive start, things would be anything but following that drive as quarterback Trevor Knight was under pressure most of the night. A pair of remarkable catches by Josh Reynolds and Ricky Seals-Jones midway through the second quarter would give A&M another score and a brief lead but that was otherwise it for a sputtering offense.
Kansas State would not back down when trailing however, thanks mostly to the improved passing of signal-caller Jesse Ertz. He tossed a perfect strike into the arms of Byron Pringle in the closing seconds of the first quarter for a 79 yard touchdown and scored using his legs to cap off a 55 yard drive not long after. Dominique Heath also got into the scoring action by taking a jet sweep 52 yards around the edge to the end zone to extend KSU’s margin on the scoreboard.
Everybody wondered which team would come into this game motivated to win it and it’s pretty clear that Bill Snyder’s squad checks off that box after one half of play. The Aggies are plenty capable of mounting a huge comeback given some of the weapons they have on offense and may have regained a little momentum heading into the locker room after a nice fourth down stand at the end of the half.