Texas A&M opened their 2010 season with a 48-7 rout of Stephen F. Austin (SFA) Lumberjacks on Saturday night. The Aggie offense rolled up 539 yards while the new DeRuyter-led Aggie defense held SFA to 266 total yards and forced two turnovers. Jerrod Johnson threw for 322 yards and 2 TDs, and Christine Michael, Cyrus Gray, and Ryan Swope each had over 100 yards in total offense for the Aggies.
Texas A&M started slow, scoring just 7 points in the first quarter and 1 TD in four first half redzone opportunities, en route to a 20-7 halftime lead. The Aggies blew open the game with 21 unanswered points in the third quarter, then cruised to a 48-7 win.
The opening kickoff by the Aggies went out of bounds to give SFA the ball at the 40-yard line. The Aggie defense forced SFA to punt after going three-and-out. The Aggies drove down the field to the SFA 6-yard line before having to settle for a 24-yard field goal attempt. Randy Bullock's kick was unsuccessful hitting the left upright.
SFA again went three-and-out and were forced to punt. The Aggies drove to midfield but their drive stalled and the Aggies punted to SFA. SFA picked up one first down before punting for the third time, giving the Aggies possession at their 44-yard line. Facing 4th-and-1 at the SFA 47-yard line, Texas A&M elected to punt, and A&M's punt sailed into the endzone for a touchback.
SFA set up at their 20-yard line and on first down SFA quarterback Jeremy Moses found an open receiver Brandon Scott over the middle for a 30-yard gain to midfield. The Aggie defense stiffened and SFA had to punt for the fourth time in the first quarter. SFA's punt went into the endzone for a touchback.
On their fourth possession of the game, the Aggies drove 80 yards in 10 plays and Christine Michael scored on a 15-yard run up the middle. Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a 7-0 lead with 50 seconds left in the first quarter.
A couple of punts following two more SFA three-and-outs gave the Aggies good field position at the SFA 48-yard line. The Aggies drove to the SFA 15-yard line before Randy Bullock came on to kick a 32-yard field goal to give the Aggies a 10-0 lead at the 8:02 mark in the second quarter.
On the first play of the ensuing SFA possession, a Jeremy Moses pass was intercepted by Aggie cornerback Dustin Harris and Harris returned the interceptio 38 yards for an Aggie TD. Bullock's extra point the Aggie lead to 17-0.
SFA mounted their most successful drive of the first half, going 56 yards on 10 plays, with Jeremy Moses connecting with Cordell Roberson on a 21-yard TD pass. The extra point by Logan Barrett cut the Aggie lead to 17-7 with 4:24 left in the first half.
The Aggies responded by driving downfield to the SFA 10-yard line before having to settle for a 27-yard Randy Bullock to give the Aggies a 20-7 lead with a minute to go in the first half.
SFA picked up one first down before being forced to punt again to end the first half.
At the half, Texas A&M led SFA in total yards, 265 to 139, and in first downs, 18 to 7.
For the Aggies, Jerrod Johnson had completed 11 of 18 passes for 136 yards.Christine Michael has 70 yards and 1 TD on 12 carries. Cyrus Gray had 34 yards on 11 carries and 47 yards on 2 catches. Ryan Swope had 4 catches for 42 yards and 3 rushes for 27 yards. True freshman tight end Nehemiah Hicks had 3 catches for 38 yards. Garrick Williams led the Aggies in tackles with 7.
Texas A&M blew the game open in the third quarter 21 unanswered points.
Texas A&M took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove 69 yards in 15 plays, consuming 5 minutes of play, with Jerrod Johnson diving over from the 1-yard line. Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a 20-point lead, 27-7, with 9:57 left in the 3rd quarter.
SFA fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Aggies recovered at the SFA 39-yard line. It to the Aggies just seven plays to capitalize on this SFA turnover, with Jerrod Johnson tossing a 7-yard TD pass to Jeff Fuller. Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a commanding 34-7 lead midway through the 3rd quarter.
SFA drove into Aggie territory before with SFA going for it on fourth down, true freshman Damontre Moore sacked SFA quarterback Jeremy Moses to give the Aggies a turnover on downs.
Christine Michael took a shuffle pass 46 yards to the SFA 4-yard line. Michael ran it in for a touchdown on the next play. Bullock's extra point extended the Aggie lead to 41-7 with four minutes left in the 3rd quarter.
After forcing another SFA punt, the Aggies drove 74 yards in 14 plays and Jerrod Johnson tossed his second touchdown of the night to Jeff Fuller, this from 6 yards out. Bullock's extra point blew the Aggie lead out to 48-7 at the 11:38 mark in the 4th quarter.
The rest of the game SFA and Texas A&M took turns mounting moderate drives resulting in no points to end the game with the Aggies defeating Stephen F Austin 48-7.
The Aggies not only won this game convincingly on the scoreboard but statistically as well. For the game, Texas A&M outgained SFA in total yards, 539 to 266, and in first downs, 33-13.
Jerrod Johnson completed 28 of 40 passes for 322 yards and 2 TDs. Christine Michael rushed for 105 yards and 2 TDs on 22 carries and caught 1 pass for 46 yards. Cyrus Gray had 61 yards on 16 carries and had 4 catches for 54 yards Ryan Swope had 13 catches for 106 yards.Jeff Fuller caught 4 passes for 47 yards and 2 TDs. True freshman tight end Nehemiah Hicks had 3 catches for 38 yards.
Garrick Williams led the Aggie defense in tackles with 7. True freshman Damontre Moore had 5 tackles including 1 sack. Tony Jerod-Eddie also recorded 5 tackles
All in all a decent opening game for the Aggies. Lots of bright spots, and a few areas requiring continued improvement before facing Arkansas and the Big 12 foes.
Texas A&M hosts Louisiana Tech next Saturday at 6pm.