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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:


FIRSTS:

* 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 FOOTBALL, RECORD BREAKER:

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.

BIG MIKE:

* 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.

The FIRST QUARTER...AND EVERYTHING ELSE

* 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).

OTHER:

* 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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