The Texas A&M offense prevailed over the defense, 117-107, using a scoring system that rewarded big plays, in the annual Maroon & White Spring Game on Saturday at Kyle Field.
Both sides of the ball produced their share of big plays with 11 offensive players having at least one 10-yard gain and the defense grabbing five takeaways and producing seven quarterback sacks.
The offense was led by sophomore wide receiver Jeff Fuller, who caught 9 passes for 147 yards and one touchdown, and by junior quarterback Jerrod Johnson, who completed 14-of-29 passes for 206 yards.
Texas A&M Head Coach Mike Sherman said of his star receiver, "Obviously Jeff Fuller is a target, and some other guys have to step up. We can't play with just a target, we need targets."
Coach Sherman said quarterback Johnson "started a little bit slow but picked it up as he went through it."
Tommy Dorman completed 6-of-13 aerials for 86 yards and rushed for 26 yards on five carries. Non-scholarship backups Wood and Kevin Westerman combined for 89 yards and a touchdown on 9-of-14 passing.
Redshirt freshman Jay Tolliver was the leading ground gainer with 63 yards on 18 carries, while returnees Gray and Stephens combined for 40 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.
The Aggie defensive front seven kept pressure on the Aggie passers all day, led by junior Von Miller. The Aggies received interceptions from linebackers Anthony Lewis, Kyle Mangan and Michael Hodges and cornerback Taylor Randle. Cornerback Justin McQueen forced a fumble by Fuller that was recovered by lineman Eddie Brown.
Coach Sherman gave huge props to Von Miller after the game saying, "Defensively, it's evident that we don't have a lot of people that can block Von Miller. He must have scored about 50 points by himself out there. He was in a league of his own out there today. I thought some other guys, like Trent Hunter and Jordan Pugh, did a nice job as well."
Coach Sherman noted that "the defense should have been winning by a lot at halftime" buth that "the offense played better in the second