COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – SETTING THE SCENE ...
UL LAFAYETTE @ TEXAS A&M
11 a.m. CT
Kyle Field, College Station. (cap. 102,733)
UL Lafayette: (NR - AP / NR - HC)
Texas A&M: (NR - AP / NR - HC)
Dave Neal, play-by-play
Matt Stinchcomb, analyst
Dawn Davenport, sideline
Texas A&M Radio Network
The Texas A&M Radio Network provides coverage via nearly 60 stations across the state of Texas. For a complete list of affiliates, please go to 12thMan.com.
Dave South, play-by-play
Dave Elmendorf, analyst
Will Johnson, sideline
Texas A&M Spanish Network
Texas A&M’s Spanish broadcast can be heard on radio stations in Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, El Paso, Brownsville and McAllen, Texas. Locally, the TAMU Spanish Network can be heard on 1550 AM.
Pedro Vela Almaguer, play-by-play
Noel Orellana, analyst
SERIES HISTORY VS. UL LAFAYETTE:
A&M leads, 5-1
9 / 15 / 90 College Station W 63 14
9 / 28 / 91 College Station W 34 7
9 / 14 / 96 Lafayette L 22 29
9 / 20 / 97 College Station W 66 0
8 / 31 / 02 College Station W 31 7
9 / 9 / 06 College Station W 51 7
WHAT TO WATCH FOR:
• The Aggies will seek their 27th straight home victory over non-conference opponents on Saturday vs. the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. Texas A&M’s streak of non-conference home wins dates back to 2008 (last loss was 41-23 to Miami Fla.)).
• Aggie head coach Kevin Sumlin is a spotless 17-0 vs. non-conference opponents at Kyle Field.
BE OUR GUEST
Texas A&M Athletics along with the 12th Man Foundation will welcome nearly 20,000 people affected by Hurricane Harvey – including its survivors, first-responders, volunteers and other people that have offered aid in the on-going Gulf Coast tragedy – to the first two home football games of the season.
• The 12th Man Foundation Ticket Center reported that more than 18,000 tickets for the Nicholls and Louisiana ames
were claimed in 12 hours Aug. 31, exhausting the supply of tickets set aside for this purpose.
• Through two games, the Aggies haven’t suffered a turnover, while gaining five. It’s the first time the Aggies have opened the season with a pair of turnover-free games since 2012. Head coach Kevin Sumlin’s first Texas A&M team only had one giveaway through the first four games (but had six in game 5).
• Texas A&M has scored on its initial offensive series in both games in 2017.
• Texas A&M is tied for third nationally in turnover margin at +2.50/game. The Aggies are tied with multiple teams for the SEC lead in turnovers gained with five.
• The A&M defense has allowed less than 75 yards rushing in back-to-back games for the first time since the 2011 season (Oklahoma State 46 yards, Sept. 24; Arkansas 71 yards, Oct. 1).
• Texas A&M is ranked No. 16 in FBS in rushing defense, giving up an average of 68.5 yards per game.
• The Aggies have posted time of possession of more than 34 minutes in back-to-back games for the first time in the Kevin Sumlin era.
• After two games, the Aggies rank No. 12 in time of possession with an average of 35:31.00 TOP per game
• Four of five starters on the offensive front have reached double digits in career starts with Erik McCoy leading the way with 15 career starts.
• Saturday’s matchup will be one day after the 27-year anniversary of the greatest offensive day in school history. On Sept. 15, 1990, Texas A&M rolled up 774 total yards against Louisiana (then Southwestern Louisiana) in a 63-14 win at Kyle Field.
MILESTONES TO WATCH
• Junior Christian Kirk needs three all-purpose yards to become the second WR to surpass the 3,500-yard level in career all-purpose yardage. Rod Harris leads the way among Aggie WRs with 3,636 all-purpose yards from 1985-88.
• With 1,313 yards in the first 15 games of his career, sophomore RB Trayveon Williams needs 11 carries to reach 200 for his career.
• Texas A&M has connected on 208 consecutive extra point attempts dating back to 2013, which is easily a school record. The NCAA record is 262 by Syracuse from 1978-89. The PKs involved in the streak are Josh Lambo, Taylor Bertolet and Daniel LaCamera, who is a perfect 65-of-65 on PATs.
NEW FACES ABOUND
Head coach Kevin Sumlin brought 29 new faces to the Texas A&M for 2017 season with 17 seeing action in the first two games (three newcomers have made starts).
Signing Class of ’17 in action (17)
• #WR Jhamon Ausbon (Fr.-HS)
• WR Camron Buckley (Fr.-HS)
• DB Keldrick Carper (Fr.-HS)
• DE Micheal Clemons (So.-TR)
• OL Carson Green (Fr.-HS)
• LB Anthony Hines III (Fr.-HS)
• OL Jared Hocker (Fr.-HS)
• DB Antonio Howard (Jr.-TR)
• LB Buddy Johnson (Fr.-HS)
• WR Hezekiah Jones (Fr.-HS)
• #CB Myles Jones (Fr.-HS)
• RB Jacob Kibodi (Fr.-HS)
• #QB Kellen Mond (Fr.-HS)
• WR Roshaaud Paul (Fr.-HS)
• DL Jayden Peevy (Fr.-HS)
• DB Debione Renfro (Fr.-HS)
• DL Josh Rogers (Fr.-HS)
# -- Has started at least one game in 2017
Redshirt freshmen in action (8)
• WR Clyde Criss, DB Travon Fuller, TE Aaron Hansford (Start vs. UCLA), DL Justin Madubuike, OL Ryan McCollum (Starter at OG), WR Kendrick Rogers, QB Nick Starkel (Start vs. UCLA), LB Braden White.