The Texas A&M Aggies went into Williams-Brice Stadium on Thursday night and came away with an astonishing 52-28 victory over South Carolina. Wherever Kevin Sumlin has been at the helm, the quarterbacks have flourished, and it was no different for Kenny Hill.
The sophomore quarterback made his first start and destroyed the Texas A&M record books with his outstanding performance. Kenny Hill completed 44 of 60 passes for 511 yards and three touchdowns.
With one performance, Hill jumped into the Heisman race, and he has already had one of the signature moments of the season.
Texas A&M wide receiver Malcome Kennedy caught 14 passes for 137 yards in his debut as the go to guy for the Aggies. However, Kenny Hill spread the ball around to 12 different receivers.
Dylan Thompson did his best to keep the Gamecocks in the game, but he threw a costly interception late in the third quarter as South Carolina was mounting a comeback. With Texas A&M leading 45-28, South Carolina was on the verge of making the game interesting, but Armani Watts broke on the ball for the only turnover of the game.
The play shut down the rally, and Texas A&M tacked on one more touchdown to take an insurmountable lead.
Texas A&M came out the gate with a ferocious offensive attack. Kenny Hill threw the ball 35 times in the first half and completed 27 passes for 299 yards. That’s not bad for a dual threat quarterback. The Aggies went into the break with a 31-14 lead after South Carolina’s Elliot Fry missed a 54 yard field goal.
The Aggies also ran the ball 17 times in the first half. If you’re counting, the Aggies ran 52 plays in the first half. Comparatively, the Gamecocks ran a total of 34 plays in the first half. Two of the plays went for huge touchdowns to keep the score close, but they couldn’t sustain long drives.
Dylan Thompson finished the game completing 20 of 40 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns. Mike Davis came into the game with banged up ribs, and he was a non-factor throughout the night. Davis finished with 15 yards on six carries.
South Carolina’s defense earned one sack on the night. The Aggies’ tempo kept the Gamecocks off balanced and had them on their heels from the first play of the game.
Texas A&M hosts Lamar for their first home game next Saturday, while South Carolina takes on East Carolina next week.