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September 15, 2013

Game stats, notables

Here are some post game stats and storylines from Texas A&M's Sports Information Department:

About the Game…

+ Today's 49-42 win by the top-ranked Crimson Tide dropped A&M's all-time record at No. 1-ranked teams (Associated Press poll only) to 2-11. Their record vs. No. 1s at Kyle Field fell to 1-5.

+ The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak by the Aggies, which was the third-longest in FBS.

Manziel NOTES

+ Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel's 464 passing yards established a new school record topping the 453 yards he passed for against Arkansas in 2012. It was the first time in school annals that a player passed for 400 yards in back-to-back games and it represented the seventh 400-yard passing game in school history (three by Manziel). The 464 passing yards ranked 11th in SEC history.

+ Manziel's 562 yards of total offense ranks second in school and SEC history, behind his 576-yard effort against Louisiana Tech in 2012. He owns all four of A&M's 500-yard games and the top three games in SEC history.

+ Manziel's five TD passes in the game tied for fourth in Texas A&M history.

+ Manziel moved into ninth place on A&M's career passing list with 4,690 yards.

Evans' RECORD DAY

+ Sophomore WR Mike Evans set an A&M record with 279 receiving yards, topping the mark of 250 set by Ken "Dude" McLean against Texas in 1965.

+ Evans' 279 receiving yards was the fourth-best mark in SEC history and just 24 yards shy of the league mark by Arkansas' Cobi Hamilton against Rutgers in 2012.

+ Evans ended the game 102 career receptions, tied for 12th place on A&M's all-time list. He hit the 100-catch plateau in his 16th career game, which is the fastest in school history.

+ Evans moved into seventh place on A&M's career list for receiving yards with 1,623.

+ Evans logged the fifth 100-yard receiving game of his career. He actually surpassed 100 yards after only seven minutes had elapsed and the Aggies had two offensive series. It marked the first time he recorded 100-plus yards in back-to-back games.

Notables

+ Malcome Kennedy caught six passes for 57 yards and three TDs. Kennedy, who entered the game with two TD receptions in 28 career games, came up one TD shy of the single-game school record of four set by Ryan Swope against Baylor in 2011. He became the seventh player in school history to log three-or-more TD receptions in a game.

+ Junior transfer Cameron Clear's TD catch in the first quarter was the first of his A&M career. He was the fourth Aggie newcomer with a TD catch in 2013, joining true freshmen Ricky Seals-Jones and Ja'Quay Williams and Oklahoma transfer Brandon Williams. Another newcomer leads the team in rushing TDs -- Oregon transfer Tra Carson with four.

+ The Aggies had 10 players record receptions on the day. It marked the second consecutive game A&M had 10-or-more players log a reception after 11 against Sam Houston State.

+ Texas A&M started the season by scoring 40 or more points in each of the first three games of the season for just the second time in school history and the first time since 1941.

about the offense...

+ The Aggies reached the 400-yard mark in total offense for the 15th time in 16 games under Coach Sumlin, including reaching the 500-yard mark for the 10th time and the 600-yard mark for the eighth time.

+ The Aggies eclipsed the 400-yard mark in passing offense for the second consecutive game, but just 10th time in school history. It marked the first time in school annals that the Aggies passed for 400-plus yards in consecutive games.

+ A&M's 464 passing yards ranked third in school history, trailing just the 500-yard performance last week against Sam Houston State and 498 yards against Arkansas in 2012.

+ The 95-yard TD pass from Manziel to Evans in the fourth quarter is the second-longest pass in school history, trailing just a 96-yard pass from Randy McCown to Chris Taylor against Tulsa on September 18, 1999. The pass was the seventh-longest TD pass in SEC history.

12th Man, polo, game captains

+ For the second straight game, sophomore defensive back Sam Moeller was be the 12th Man.

+ Wearing the #90 jersey in memory of fallen teammate Polo Manukainiu was senior defensive tackle Kirby Ennis (normally wears #42). Manukainiu died in a tragic car accident last summer.

+ The Aggies' permanent team captains of seniors Ben Malena, Toney Hurd Jr. and Jake Matthews won the toss, and elected to receive the opening kickoff.

Crow's #44 retired

+ The iconic #44 jersey worn by Texas A&M's first Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow was retired by the school during a halftime ceremony at Saturday's Alabama vs. Texas A&M game at Kyle Field.



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