The indefatigable Texas A&M Sports Information Department has worked tirelessly to compile a list of notable football facts and figures following the Aggies' loss at Missouri Saturday.
MIGHTY MARTELLUS --- Tight end Martellus Bennett became the first Aggie with multiple touchdown catches in a game since he did it against Baylor last season. Bennett grabbed a pair of touchdowns against the Tigers with a 6-yarder and a 42-yarder while reeling in four catches for 63 yards. Bennett also extended his school record for consecutive games with at least one catch to 28 against the Tigers.
PAYDIRT FOR J-TRAIN --- Big back Jorvorskie Lane’s two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter made him A&M’s all-time leading scorer among non-placekickers. The six-pointer brought Lane’s three-year, 34-game total to 272 points.
Lane also matched the school record for career rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns with 44 (with Darren Lewis, 1987-90) and 45 (with Lewis and Rodney Thomas, 1991-94), respectively.
Lane’s score gave him 104 points in 2007, which makes him the first Aggie to score 100 points in two seasons (Lane had 114 in 2006).
Today’s touchdown was his 17th of the season, which is just two off the school record of 19 originally set by Joel Hunt in 1927 and matched by Lane last season.
PRODUCTIVE GOODSON --- Speed back Mike Goodson turned in his most productive game of the season against Missouri. The sophomore gained 48 rushing yards on team-high 15 carries, and matched his career high with five catches for 67.
The 60-yard connection from quarterback Stephen McGee to wide receiver Kerry Franks was the Aggies’ longest catch of the year.
McGee threw for a season-high 247 yards on 18-of-28 passing, and produced 282 yards of total offense against the Tigers.
The Aggies scored on a safety when Missouri’s deep snap on a punt attempt sailed over the punter’s head. It was the second safety of the safety scored by the Aggies (Red Bryant sack against Fresno State). The Aggies returned the safety favor when McGee was sacked in the endzone late in the fourth quarter. It was the first safety by the Aggies since last year’s Missouri game when a bad shotgun snap exchange resulted in a two-pointer.
Making their first starts of the season were linebackers Anthony Lewis and Matt Featherston, who joined senior Misi Tupe in the Aggies’ 3-3-5 defense. Normal linebacker starter Mark Dodge did not make the trip due to the death of his maternal grandmother. It was Lewis’ first career start, while it was Featherston’s second start of his career (Citadel, 2006).
Senior offensive guard Chris Yoder, who started the first seven games of the season, saw his first action since the Texas Tech game. Yoder missed the last three games due to an injury suffered against the Red Raiders.
MISCELLANEOUS --- Game captains were Chris Alexander, Kerry Franks, Devin Gregg and Kirk Elder . The Aggies won the toss and deferred to the second half. +++ For the 13th straight game, junior Nick LaMantia was the 12th Man. It was the 22nd 12th Man start of LaMantia’s career, which puts him just one away from matching the school record of 23 starts set by John Ray from 2003-05.