No. 7 Texas A&M warmed up for their battle next week with No. 1 Alabama with a 65-28 rout of Sam Houston State. The Aggie offense rolled up 38 first downs and 714 yards, 466 yard passing and 248 yards rushing. In under 3 quarters of play,
Texas A&M took the operning kickoff and drove 81 yards in 11 playym, with Tra Carson scoring on a 1-yard run to give the Aggies and early 7-0 lead.
Sam Houston St responded quickly with a 6-play 74-yard drive, with Tim Flanders getting a Bearkat touchdown on an 11-yard run, to tie the game 7-7 midway through the first quarter.
On their second possession, Texas A&M drove down the field but on a first and goal from the Sam Houston St 7-yard line, a Johnny Manziel pass was intercepted by linebacker Eric Fieilo at the 2-yard line and returned to the 15-yard line.
After the Aggies forced a Bearkat punt, Johnny Manziel threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Sabian Holmes to give Texas A&M a 14-7 lead with 2:43 left in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter. Texas A&M drove 93 yards in 14 plays, with Ben Malena sccoring on a 1-yard run to extend the Aggie lead to 21-7.
On their next possession, Texas A&M drove to the Sam Houston St 13-yard line but Taylor Bertolet missed a 31-yard field goal attempt.
After another Bearkat punt, the Aggies drove 70 yards in 5 plays, with Johnny Manziel throwing a beautiful 27-yard touchdown pass to freshman Ja'Quay Williams to give Texas A&M a 27-7 lead with 4:23 left in the first half.
Sam Houston State mounted a 5-play, 75-yard drive, with Brian Bell throwing a 33-yard touchdown pass to running back Timothy Flanders, cutting the Aggie lead to 27-14 with 1:59 to go in the half.
Texas A&M drove to the Sam Houston St 17-yard line and Taylor Bertolet kicked a 35-yard field goal on the last play of the first half to give the Aggies a 30-14 halftime lead.
At the half, Texas A&M had 444 yards of offense, 323 passing, 121 rushing, while Sam Houston had just 157 yards, while the Aggies led in first downs, 24 to 8.
Sam Houston State received the opening kickoff of the second hanf and facing a 3rd-and-2, running back Tim Flanders broke free for a 68-yard touchdown run to cut the Aggie lead to nine, 30-21, less than one minute into the third quarter.
Texas A&M responded with a 11-play, 72-yard drive and Tra Carson scored is second touchdown of the night on a 1-yard run to give the Aggies a 37-21 lead.
On their next possession, Mike Evans caught an incredible 42-yard pass from Johnny Manziel, and then Manziel threw a swing pass to Brandon Williams who took it 10 yards for the first touchdown of his Aggie career, extending A&M's lead to 44-21.
It took Sam Houston State just one play to respond as Brian Bell threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Torrance Williams to reduce the Aggie lead to 44-28.
Sam Houston State attempted an on-side kick but the Aggies recovered at the Bearkat 46-yard line. It took Texas A&M just 4 plays to score, with Johnny Manziel scrambling 6 yards for a touchdown to give the Aggies a 51-28 lead with 5:24 left in the third quarter. This would be the last we saw of Johnny Manziel for the night.
On Sam Houston State's next possession, a Brian Bell pass was intercepted by Aggie linebacker Nate Askew at the Bearkat 30-yard line and returned for a touchdown to give Texas A&M a 58-28 lead.
The next Sam Houstonm State possession also ended with an Aggie interception, this by cornerback Deshazor Everett at the Aggie 48-yard line.
True freshman Kenny Hill came on for the Aggies at quarterback and it took Hill just 2 plays to lead Texas A&M to a score.
Kenny Hill thre pass complete to After Ja'Quay Williams made a fantastic 38-yard catch of a pass from Kenny Hill, Hill threw a 14-yard pass to Travis Labhart to give Texas A&M a 65-28 lead with 1:14 still to go in the third quarter.
Neither team scored in the fourth quarter as both teams substituted liberally, and Texas A&M wrapped up a 65-28 rout of Sam Houston State.
For the Aggies, Johnny Manziel completed 29 of 42 passes for 426 yards and 3 TDs with 1 INT and rushed for 36 yards and 1 TD. Kenny Hill cam on to complete 5 of 6 passes for 76 yards and 2 TDs.
Eleven Aggies caught passes, lef my Mike Evans who had 7 catches for 155 yards. Sabian Holmes had 5 catches for 60 yards and 1 TD. Ja'Quay Williams caught 2 passes for 58 yards and 1 TD while Derel Walker caught 4 passes for 57 yards.
Ben Malena rushed for 69 yards and 1 TD on 9 carries and caught 4 passes for 44 yards. Tra Carson rushed for 51 yards and 2 TDs on 9 carries. In his first game as an Aggie, Brandon Williams rushed for 37 yards on 7 carries and caught 2 passes for 17 yards and 1 TD.
On defense, safeties Howard Matthews and Clay Honeycutt led the Aggies in tackles with 7. Linebacker Tommy Sanders had 5 tackles including 4 for a loss, while freshman Isaiah Golden had four tackles including 2 for a loss.
For Sam Houston State, Tim Flanders rushed for 173 yards and 2 TDs on 19 carries and caught a 33-yard TD pass. Brian Bell completed just 6-of-15 passes for 137 yards and 1 TD with 2 INTs.
So Texas A&M has taken care of business in their first two games, setting up probably the biggest game in Texas A&M football history when the Aggie host No. 1 Alabama next Saturday afternoon in college football's game of thje year!