On Sept. 7, the Texas Aggie football team shredded a few more pages of the Aggie record book in four quarters of record-setting play as they defeated the Bearkats of Sam Houston State University at home on Kyle Field, in a 65-28 win.
One record shattered was in total passing yards: 500 of them tonight, for 714 total Aggie offensive yards. Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel accounted for 426 of those passing yards with 3 touchdown passes. The TD passes were caught by Sabian Holmes, Ja’Quay Williams, and Brandon Williams. In the post-game media interview, Head Coach Kevin Sumlin said, “Johnny Manziel was very efficient. There was maturity shown on scrambles and ability to throw the ball away and take care of the ball.”
Freshman Kenny Hill had a tremendous, exciting debut in the second half of play. In fact, TexAgs.com tweeted “Kenny’s Hill’s first two plays of college career: 38-yard pass and TD pass.” Hill’s 14-yard touchdown pass to Travis Labhart showed promise between that duo in games to come.
Even sports radio personality Dave South asked Coach Sumlin, “How about Kenny Hill’s arm? Is he something or what?” Wisely and characteristically, Sumlin shared how Matt Joeckel (last week) and Johnny Manziel and Kenny Hill tonight showed just how strong the Aggie quarterback program is and how well they’ve all been practicing and playing.
On defense, Howard Matthews and Clay Honeycutt had 7 tackles each, and Matthews had 5 solo tackles. Tramain Jacobs and Tommy Sanders were next with 5 tackles. Isaiah Golden, Tyrone Taylor and Alonzo Williams brought down 4 tackles. Ever-sure defender Toney Hurd, Jr. had 3 tackles as did six other Aggie defenders on the night. Deshazor Everett grabbed an interception almost as quickly as he entered the game, and Nate Askew grabbed a second interception off of Brian Bell and returned it for 30 yards.
In his first post-game radio interview of the season, Johnny Manziel told Dave that due to the wet conditions of the field tonight, he was anxious to show what he’d learned this summer at George Whitfield’s quarterback passing camp, and hoped “to sling the ball more out there” in future games when it wasn’t wet field conditions.
Manziel’s tone was gracious and respectful as the Aggie sportscasters led him through a list of questions custom-made for him to comment on the excellent plays made by all his fellow teammates. It’s clear that everyone on the Texas Aggie athletics team is making every effort to present an even-keeled attitude about a program that everyone continues to hope will attain a national championship title. Sumlin maintained his 007-like steel calm as he focused on the numbers, being satisfied with converting 11 of 15 third downs and having only one interception on the night.
The Bearkats played strong football in the first half of the game, keeping the game close at first, thanks to a rushing offense that put up 240 yards to the Aggies’ 214 yards rushing. Sam Houston’s quarterback, Brian Bell, was 6 for 15 for 137 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
The receiving yards of Mike Evans were impressive, with 155 yards on 7 catches, a career high for Evans. Team leader Ben Malena has a touchdown and 68 yards rushing, while Tra Carson impressed again this week, with two touchdowns on 51 rushing yards.
In the first half of the game nine Aggie receivers caught Manziel’s passes. Post-game Manziel commented on his being pleased to be able to distribute the ball around out there, especially Evans. Receiver Sabian Holmes’ number was called a lot tonight, and he snagged the first score of the game on a 27-yard pass.
The unsung heroes of the night were left tackle Jake Matthews, left guard Jarvis Harrison, center Mike Matthews, right guard Germain Ifedi and right tackle Cedric Ogbuehi—those were the guys who gave both Aggie quarterbacks all the protection in the world and opened up great holes for the receivers to zip through.
About five minutes after the postgame interviews ended, talk began to flow like the Brazos River about next week’s grudge match when the Crimson Tide of Alabama comes into town for what’s being called “College Football’s Game of the Year” for 2013. With that kind of marquee billing, time just can’t pass fast enough to suit Aggie football fans. T minus six days and counting.