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September 16, 2012

Notes from A&M's win over SMU

Some notes and interesting tidbits from Saturday's game, courtesy of Aggie Athletics and a few that I dug up myself:


* Johnny Manziel's 29-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Swope in the second quarter was the first of his A&M career.

* Trey Williams' touchdown in the fourth quarter was the first of his A&M career.

* Julien Obioha's sack and forced fumble on Garrett Gilbert were both firsts for him.

* Tramain Jacobs' interception was the first of his career and the Aggies' first forced turnover of the season.

* Shaun Ward's sack of Gilbert in the fourth quarter was the first of his career.


Johnny Manziel broke or tied the following freshman records by throwing for 294 yards and four touchdowns and compiling 416 yards of total offense Saturday:

Passing in a game: (280 by Kevin Murray vs. Rice, 1983)
Total Offense (299 by Murray vs. Rice, 1983)
Passing TD (4 by Kevin Murray vs. Arkansas, 1983; Jeff Granger vs. Tulsa, 1991; Reggie McNeal vs. Oklahoma, 2002)

His 416 yards of total offense are the seventh highest for an individual in Texas A&M history.


* Mike Evans has led Texas A&M in receiving in both of his first two games as an Aggie.

* Evans now has 13 catches for 183 yards after his 6 catch, 123-yard performance against SMU.

* Evans tied the A&M school record for fastest 100-yard receiving game in A&M history, which EZ Nwachukwu held alone since 2009 when he broke the century mark against Utah State in his second game.


* Texas A&M compiled 608 yards of total offense and averaged 7 yards per play Saturday. In the first quarter, they compiled 60 yards on 16 plays, an average of 3.75 yards per play.

* Johnny Manziel was sacked twice in the first quarter. He was not sacked the rest of the game.

* The Aggies gained more yardage on their first scoring drive (61 yards) than they had in the first quarter.

* The Aggies gained 237 yards (8.2 yards per play) in the second quarter.

* The Aggies averaged 8.4 yards per play in the third quarter, when they scored on all 3 of their drives (79, 75 and 24 yards).


* True or redshirt freshmen led the Aggies in passing, rushing, receiving and tackles Saturday.

* Damontre Moore now has 5 sacks on the season, leading the nation, after his two against SMU. He did not play at Kyle Field against SMU last year, had two total tackles through 2 games and didn't have 5 sacks until the 10th game of last season.

* Spencer Nealy has 2.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks on the year. He had 8 TFL and 1.5 sacks for all of last year.

* Both of EZ Nwachukwu's two receptions Saturday were for touchdowns.

* SMU had 6 different 3rd and short (1 or 2 yards to go) situations in the game. The two times they ran the football, they converted; the four times they threw, they did not.

* In his A&M career, Jameill Showers is now 10-12 for 122 yards. He hasn't thrown an interception or a touchdown pass.

* A&M is the first team in June Jones' SMU coaching career to keep the Mustangs out of the end zone at home.

* A&M has outscored SMU 94-17 over the past two seasons.

* A&M has not turned the ball over in two games. Their first turnover in 2011 came against the University of Idaho in the Aggies' second game.

* Garrett Gilbert's stats in two starts against A&M: 40-86 for 422 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT and 7 sacks.

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