Texas A&M at Mississippi State + Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, Miss. + Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012
ABOUT THE WIN
+ The Aggies improved to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the Southeastern Conference with today’s 38-13 win over Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss.
+ It was A&M’s first-ever victory in Starkville, Miss. It was also A&M’s first trip to Starkville.
+ The win improves the Aggies’ record away from Kyle Field in 2012 to 5-0.
+ Head coach Kevin Sumlin’s winning streak away from his home field improved to 11 straight -- six at Houston in 2011 and five at Texas A&M in 2012.
+ Sumlin improved his overall record to 5-3 against top 25 teams, and the 2012 Aggies improved to 2-2 against the top 25.
+ The win over No. 17 Mississippi State (Associated Press) was the Aggies highest ranked road win since beating No. 11 Texas in Austin, 12-7, in 2006.
OFFENSE ROLLS AGAIN
The Texas A&M offense rolled again with 693 total yards on 90 plays. It was the eighth straight game with 400-plus yards, which is a school record (previous best was six games).
400+ Total Yards Streak
at SMU_____________ 605
South Carolina State___ 448
at Ole Miss__________ 481
vs. Louisiana Tech_____ 678
LSU ________________ 410
at Auburn___________ 671
at Mississippi State____ 693
+ Redshirt freshman QB Johnny Manziel accounted for 440 total yards, including 129 on the ground and 311 through the air.
+ Senior WR Ryan Swope had his second straight 100-yard receiving game with 121 yards on nine catches. Last week, he had 140 yards and two scores on six catches. In his last three games, Swope has contributed 25 catches for 342 yards and two TDs.
+ The Aggies scored first against Mississippi State marking the 14th straight game that A&M has scored the initial points of the game.
+ With a 1-yard TD run by Ben Malena on the Aggies’ first offensive possession of the game, A&M has now scored a TD on its first drive in six straight games.
+ A&M has scored on its first drive in seven of nine games in 2012.
+ In the first half of the past two games, A&M scored on 10 of 12 drives with nine TDs and a field goal. Both non-scoring drives ended with missed field goals.
The Aggie players were surprised to learn when they arrived at Davis Wade Stadium today that they were wearing specially-designed all-black uniforms for the matchup with Mississippi State. Designed by adidas, the uniform is a mirror image of the Aggies’ usual uniform except with black as the primary colors and maroon trim. The helmet design was a collaborative effort between Riddell and Hydro Graphics Inc., and fades from black to maroon. The Lone Star logo design on the helmet is a fusion of the school’s traditional “TAM” mark within the state of Texas outline, which was unveiled as a part of the base adidas uniform back in July.
“With Mississippi State receiving a special exemption to wear white uniforms at home, we were approached by adidas with an opportunity to do something very exciting and distinctive for this game, without straying too far away from our traditional look,” Texas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin said. “I know the players are pumped and ready for this big game, and I think the recruits will like the new look.”
Today’s game marked the first time the Aggies haven’t worn maroon or white in a game in more than 80 years when A&M’s school colors were red and white.
CAPTAINS, 12TH MAN
+ Game captains for the Aggies were: senior center PATRICK LEWIS, senior safety STEVEN TERRELL, senior linebacker SEAN PORTER, senior wide receiver RYAN SWOPE and senior 12th Man CJ JONES. Mississippi State won the toss and elected to receive. A&M has lost the toss in seven straight games. It was the first time the Aggies have kicked off first in 2012.
+ Making his fifth 2012 start and 17th of his career at 12th Man was defensive back C.J. JONES, a senior from Klein Forest HS in Houston.