Jerrod Johnson completed 31 of 41 passes for 349 yards and rushed for 57 yards and Jeff Fuller caught 10 passes for 111 yards to lead Texas A&M to a 41-6 rout of New Mexico in their season opener on Saturday night before a Kyle Field crowd of 73,887.
The Aggies scored on their first possession and never looked back.
Following a 12-yard punt by true freshman Dustin Harris, the Aggies drove 74 yards in 8 plays. After a 42-yard completion from Jerrod Johnson to true feshman wide receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu, facing a third and 8 from the New Mexico 16-yard line, Jerrod Johnson scrambled for a touchdown and Randy Bullock kicked the extra point to give the Aggies a 7-0 at the 9:52 mark in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Aggies drove to the New Mexico 4-yard line before having to settle for a 22-yard Randy Bullock field goal to open up a 10-0 lead with 9:40 left in the first half.
On their next possession, the Aggies drove 80 yards on seven plays, with true freshman Christian Michael rushing for 56 yards on 3 carries and Cyrus Gray scoring on a 13-yard run. Bullock's extra point extended the Aggie lead to 17-0 with 4:44 left in the half.
The ensuing Lobo possession was snuffed out when Aggie linebacker Ricky Cavanaugh forced a fumble and it was recovered by Aggie safety Jordan Pugh at the New Mexico 28-yard line. Ricky Bullock kicked a 34-yard field goal to give the Aggies a 20-0 lead with two minutes left in the half.
New Mexico efficently moved down the field and took advantage of an Aggie pass interference penalty to set up a first-and-goal at the Aggie 4-yard line. An Aggie goal line defensive stand forced the Lobos to settle for a 19-yard field goal, leaving the Aggies holding a 20-3 halftime lead.
In the second half, the Aggies scored touchdowns on consecutive drives of 86, 88, and 87 yards.
The Aggie offense rolled up 29 first downs and 606 total yards, 361 passing and 245 rushing. True freshman running back Christine Michael rushed for 93 yards and 1 TD on 11 carries and Cyrus Gray (pictured above) rushed for 52 yards and 1 TD on 14 carries. A much maligned Aggie offensive line deserves a lot of credit for this performance.
The much improved Aggie defense played with more agressiveness and speed than has been seen in recent years by Aggie fans, holding the Lobos without a touchdown. The Aggie defense held New Mexico to just 21 on the ground and 231 total yards. The Aggie defense recorded 5 quarterback sacks, three from Von Miller.
At least fifteen freshmen played for the Aggies, led by Christine Michael. Uzoma Nwachukwu caught 3 passes for 53 yards, Kenric McNeal caught 2 passes for 52 yards and a TD, and Brandal Jackson caught 3 passes for 17 yards. Dustin Harris started for the Aggies at cornerback and punt returner
One area where the Aggies will be looking for improvement is penalties, where A&M had 14 penalties for 123 yards.
The Aggies now have two weeks to prepare for hosting Utah St on September 19th.