KICKOFF/DATE:...... 6:02 PM (CT), Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
SITE....................... KYLE FIELD, COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS (CAP. 82,589)
TELEVISION............ ESPNU (NATIONAL)
Clay Matvick, play-by-play
Matt Stinchcomb, commentary
Dawn Davenport, sideline reporter
RADIO................... TEXAS A&M SPORTS NETWORK
Dave South, play-by-play
Dave Elmendorf, commentary
Will Johnson, sideline
(SiriusXM channel: Sirius 85 / XM 85)
RANKINGS............. SMU (NR- AP / NR - USA TODAY)
TEXAS A&M (No. 10 - AP / No. 9 - USA TODAY)
SERIES HISTORY...... A&M leads 43-29-7
LAST MEETING....... 2012: Texas A&M 48, at SMU 3
LIVE AUDIO............ aggieathletics.com, radioaggieland.com
AGGIES CLOSE OUT HOME STAND VS. SMU
Texas A&M will close out a season-opening four-game home stand with a 6:02 p.m. matchup with old Southwest Conference rival SMU on Saturday at Kyle Field. The Aggies and Mustangs played annually as conference rivals from 1919-1995, with the exception of 1987 and 1988. The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU with Clay Matvick, former University of Georgia All-America offensive lineman Matt Stinchcomb and Dawn Davenport describing the action.
LAST FIVE GAMES VS. SMU
1994 Texas A&M 21, SMU 21 (@ Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas)
1995 at Texas A&M 20, SMU 17
2005 at Texas A&M 66, SMU 8
2011 at Texas A&M 46, SMU 14
2012 Texas A&M 48, at SMU 3
• Texas A&M holds a 43-29-7 advantage over SMU in the long regional rivalry that was first played in 1916.
• The last loss for the Aggies in the A&M-SMU series was a 28-20 setback in 1984 in Dallas. A&M is 11-0-1 since 1984. The last time SMU defeated the Aggies at Kyle Field was 1983 when the No. 10 Mustangs handed Jackie Sherrill’s Aggies a 10-7 loss.
• The last time A&M opened a season with four straight home games was 1984.
• CONNECTIONS: Former A&M strength & conditioning coach Bert Hill coaches the defensive line for the Mustangs ... former A&M tight ends coach Tam Hollingshead is SMU’s Director of High School Relations ... SMU co-offensive coordinator Jason Phillips was on Kevin Sumlin’s UH staff from 2008-11.
MILESTONES ON HORIZON
• Head coach Kevin Sumlin needs just two more victories to reach 50 for his career.
• Manziel needs 310 passing yards to become the eighth Aggie QB with 5,000 yards.
• Manziel needs 3 passing TDs to the seventh Aggie QB with 40 passing TDs
• Manziel needs a rushing or passing TD to hit 60 for his career (TD Responsibility)
• Sophomore WR Mike Evans reached the 100 career catches plateau in just 16 games, which was the fastest in school history. No other receiver reached 100 receptions in their first two seasons at Texas A&M.
• Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel reached the 6,000-yard plateau in total offense in 16 games, fastest in NCAA FBS history. He reached the 5,000-yard mark in 13 games, which was the fastest in NCAA FBS history.
CATEGORY AVG/TOTAL NCAA RANK
Total Offense/G________ 379.0_________ No. 5
Passing Efficiency______ 197.7_________ No. 6
Passing Yards____________ 984_________ No. 6
Passing Yards/G________ 328.0________ No. 10
Yards/Completion_______ 15.6________ No. 10
Points Responsible For____ 72_________ No. 3
Passing TDs_______________ 11_________ No. 3
CATEGORY AVG/TOTAL NCAA RANK
Receiving Yards/G______ 172.7_________ No. 2
Receiving Yards__________ 518_________ No. 1
Receptions/G____________ 6.7________ No. 30
All-Purpose Yards______ 173.0________ No. 17
MANZIEL TO EVANS
• Of the 102 career receptions by redshirt sophomore Mike Evans, 95 of the passes have come from the hand of Johnny Manziel.
• Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel has thrown for 400 yards or more in back-to-back games, which had never been accomplished in school history. He threw for 426 against Sam Houston State on 9/7 and then broke the A&M record with 464 yards against Alabama.
• Manziel has four games with 500 or more yards of total offense in his career, including the top three single game efforts in SEC history -- 576 vs. Louisiana Tech (2012), 562 vs. Alabama (2013) and 557 vs. Arkansas (2012).
• Manziel has a career per rush average of 6.9.
• Manziel’s career completion percentage is 68.5, which is far ahead of the school record of 62.5 set by NFL first-round selection Ryan Tannehill.
• Manziel was within two rushing yards of becoming the seventh FBS player to pass for 400 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game. The great Archie Manning is the only SEC player with a 400/100 game. Against Alabama, Manziel passed for 464 yards and rushed for 98 yards.
• Manziel has surpassed the 300-yard plateau in total offense in 13 of 16 career games.
• Sophomore WR Mike Evans has established new career highs in each of the past two games, with 155 yards (on seven catches) against Sam Houston State and 279 yards (on seven catches) against Alabama.
• Evans’s mammoth 279-yard effort against the Crimson Tide shattered Ken “Dude” McLean’s record of 250 receiving yards (13 catches) against Texas in 1965. One of McLean’s catches against the Longhorns was the famed “Texas Special,” which resulted in a 91-yard TD.
• Evans is the only player in FBS with 500 receiving yards in 2013 (518 yards on 20 catches).
• In 16 career games, Mike Evans has caught at least one pass on the Aggies’ opening offensive sequence nine times.
• Evans’ 279 receiving yards ranked No. 4 in SEC history for single game receiving yards.
• Evans has had at least six catches and 80 yards in six straight games.
• Texas A&M has opened 2013 with three straight 40-plus points scoring efforts for the second time in school history. The Aggies also opened 1941 with 40-plus point games against Sam Houston State (W, 54-0), TAMU-Kingsville (W, 41-0) and New York University (49-7).
• Texas A&M has never opened a season with four straight 40-point games.
• SMU is the third of four non-conference opponents from the state of Texas. Texas A&M hasn’t lost a non-conference home game vs. a Texas school since 1954.
• Texas A&M has a streak of 17 straight sellouts at Kyle Field, which began with the 2010 Nebraska game.
• A&M has scored in double digits in 31 straight games dating back to the Aggies’ 9-6 win over Nebraska in 2010.
• The Aggies haven’t been shut out since 2003 -- a span of 118 games.
• Texas A&M is the only school in FBS with a QB with 1,000 total offense yards and a receiver with 500 receiving yards.
• 17 Aggies have at least one catches after three games in 2013.
• Newcomers have scored eight of the Aggies’ 22 touchdowns in 2013.
• Four first-year players have grabbed TD catches: Ricky Seals-Jones, Cameron Clear, Ja’Quay Williams and Brandon Williams.
• WR Mike Evans has made four or more catches in 16 straight games, which is every game of his career.
• The Aggies have eight rushing TDs, but the longest TD run of the year is just six yards by Johnny Manziel vs. Sam Houston State.
• A&M’s 38 first downs vs. SHSU matched the school record (38 vs. TCU, 1986).
• Through three games, A&M has been successful on 20 of 33 third-down situations (61.0). Last year, the Aggies led the nation with a 55.0 percent success rate.
• The Aggies are averaging 10.9 yards per pass attempt after three games, and averaged over 10.0 yards in every game this season.
• Although the Aggies are probably generally regarded as a passing team, Texas A&M led the SEC in rushing last season and has attempted at least 29 rushes in every game of the Kevin Sumlin era.
• NCAA total offense rankings by Kevin Sumlin-coached teams:
2013 Texas A&M #3 609.3
2012 Texas A&M #3 572.2
2011 Houston #1 599.1
2010 Houston #11 480.5
2009 Houston #1 563.4
2008 Houston #2 562.8
• From 2009-12, A&M averaged 79.9 plays per game , which trailed only Oklahoma’s 80.6 plays/game average in that span.
• Texas A&M and OU were the only schools in NCAA FBS with 1,000+ plays in each of the past four seasons.
• The Aggies gained an average of 7.08 yards per offensive play in 2012, which was surpassed by just Georgia (7.09). After three games, the Aggies are averaging 8.2 per play.
• A&M averaged more than 300 passing yards per game for first time in school history in 2012. The Aggies did it while rushing for more than 3,000 yards for the first time since 1990.
• The Aggies have had a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver in consecutive years after having none in the first 116 years of Texas A&M football.
• Johnny Manziel is the only player in FBS history to generate 5,000+ total yards, while rushing for 1,000+ yards in a season.
• Texas A&M completed a school record 67.0 percent of its pass attempts in 2012. After three games, the Aggies’ completion percentage stands at 71.9 percent.
• In his return to action, senior LB Steven Jenkins contributed a game-high and career-high 13 tackles and a TFL against Alabama.
• Jenkins has made at least four tackles in his last 16 games played, dating back to his first season in 2011. He transferred to A&M from Coffeyville (Kan.) CC.
• Safeties Howard Matthews (26 tackles) and Clay Honeycutt (25) rank 1-2 on the team in tackles.
• In a bit of a rarity, Nate Askew has scored a touchdowns as an offensive and defensive player after his 30-yard pick-six against SHSU. A WR his first three seasons, Askew converted to LB during spring drills. His offensive TD came on a 27-yard reception against Kansas in 2011. The last Aggie with an offensive and defensive TD to his credit was Larry Horton, who had three rushing TDs in 1987, a KO return TD in 1989 and a INT TD return in 1990.
• Deshazor Everett and Tramain Jacobs are the only Aggies with multiple interceptions during their careers.
• Four 2013 defenders have scored touchdowns in their careers: Steven Jenkins and Deshazor Everett via INT returns, Tramain Jacobs from a fumble return and Nate Askew on a TD catch and INT return.
• Owning double-digit career starts among the defenders are Steven Jenkins (17), Julien Obioha (14), Toney Hurd Jr. (13), Deshazor Everett (12), Kirby Ennis (13) and Howard Matthews (10).
• Opponents completed just 56.4 percent of their passes last year, after connecting on 62.4 percent in 2011. Despite AJ McCarron’s 20-of-29 effort last week, the Aggies are allowing 58.5 completion percentage in 2013.
• Senior WR Travis Labhart is listed as starter at punt returner. The former practice player for coach Gary Blair’s NCAA Champion women’s basketball team had 2 returns for 30 yards vs. SHSU.
• Sophomore DB Sam Moeller has been the Aggies’ 12th Man in all three games in 2013.
• Placekicker Taylor Bertolet has 79 TBs on 128 career kickoffs, or 4.9 per game.
• Bertolet has had double-digit kickoffs in seven of his 15 career games, including a career-high 11 three times.
• Texas A&M ranked No. 3 nationally with 65 TBs in 2012.
• Bertolet’s strong leg yielded a pair of 50-yard field goals in 2012, including a career-long 54-yarder against Louisiana Tech.
• Bertolet’s backup, junior Josh Lambo, was a first-round pick (8th overall) as a goalie by FC Dallas in the MLS SuperDraft in 2008.
• In a bit of a rarity, starting OT Jake Matthews handles the deep snapper duties on field goals and extra points.
• Although he’s not close to qualifying for the NCAA stats because he’s punted just seven times, sophomore Drew Kaser is averaging an impressive 54.4 yards per boot. He needs an average of 3.6 punts per game to qualify for the NCAA stats.
• Aggies are second in the nation with a net punt average of 49.3.
• Sophomore Trey Williams posted 557 yards on 25 kickoff returns last year, which ranks No. 7 on A&M’s kickoff return yardage list.
SUMLIN AGAINST RANKED TEAMS
In his sixth season as a head coach, second -year Aggie coach KEVIN SUMLIN has a career record of 7-4 against ranked teams (in the Associated Press poll).
Sumlin vs. the AP Top 25 (at Texas A&M)
OPPONENT, YEAR__________ AP RANK_____ RESULT
Florida, 2012_______________ No. 24____ L, 20-17
vs. Louisiana Tech, 2012____ No. 22___ W, 59-57
LSU, 2012___________________ No. 6____ L, 24-19
at Mississippi State, 2012__ No. 17___ W, 38-13
at Alabama, 2012___________ No. 1___ W, 29-24
vs. *Oklahoma, 2013_______ No. 11___ W, 41-13
Alabama, 2013______________ No. 1____ L, 49-42
Sumlin vs. the AP Top 25 (at Houston)
at East Carolina, 2008______ No. 23___ W, 41-24
Tulsa, 2008________________ No. 25___ W, 70-30
at Oklahoma State, 2009____ No. 5___ W, 45-35
Southern Miss, 2011________ No. 24____ L, 49-28
OFFENSE HITS FOUR BILLS...AGAIN
The Aggies gained 628 yards against Alabama last week, which marked the 15th straight game that the offense has surpassed the 400-yard plateau, which is easily the longest streak in school history. Only Baylor has a longer streak of 400-yard offensive game in the NCAA FBS.
• Since head coach Kevin Sumlin’s arrival in College Station, the Aggies have surpassed 400 in 15-of-16 games, including 500-plus yards 10 times.
• Digging deeper into the Aggies’ offensive surge, Texas A&M has posted 42 400-plus yardage outputs in 55 total games since shifting to a no-huddle, up-tempo offense in 2009. During that span, the Aggies have hit the 500-yard level 28 times. As a point of comparison, the Aggies reached 400 total yards in just 18 games in the decade of games prior to 2009 (116 games).
The Aggies used an eye-catching 16 true freshmen in the season-opener against Rice -- five on offense and 11 on defense. It was the most true freshmen ever used by Texas A&M in a season-opener, two more than the 13 that saw action in the 2009 opener against New Mexico.
• Only once since freshmen became eligible in 1972 has Texas A&M used more true freshmen in an entire season. Then-head coach Mike Sherman ended up using 18 true freshmen in 2009. Head coach Tom Wilson lettered 16 true freshmen in 1980.
• Another true freshman joined the fray in game two when quarterback Kenny Hill made his debut.
• Since 1972, the Aggies have awarded varsity letters to 10 or more true freshman in a season only a handful of times: 18 in 2009, 16 in 1980, 11 in 1973 and 10 in 1972 and 2008.
SCHOOL OF FISH
(17 TRUE FRESHMAN HAVE SEEN ACTION IN 2013)
POS PLAYER HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL) NOTABLE
DL Jay Arnold Rockwall, Texas (Heath) Has 4 tackles, 0.5 TFL
LB Darian Claiborne Port Allen, La. (Port Allen) 6th on team with 13 tackles, 2 TFL
DB Noel Ellis New Orleans, La. (Karr) Has made 1 tackle
DB Tavares Garner Missouri City, Texas (Manvel) Has played in 3 games
DL Isaiah Golden Carthage, Texas (Carthage) Has 7 tackles, 2 TFL
WR LaQuvionte Gonzales Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill) 5 catches for 44 yards, 8 KOR for 164 yards
DL Daeshon Hall Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster) Has made 7 tackles, 1 TFL
QB Kenny Hill Southlake, Texas (Carroll) Played 4th Q vs. SHSU, 5-6 for 74 yards, 1 TD
OL Ryan Lindblade Richmond, Texas (Foster) Former “gray-shirt” seen action in 2 games
LB Jordan Mastrogiovanni Dallas, Texas (Jesuit) Started vs. Bama, has 8 tackles
WR Ricky Seals-Jones Sealy, Texas (Sealy) Missed SHSU (injury), 71-yard TD rec. vs. Rice
DB Alex Sezer Jr. Orange, Texas (LC-M) Started first 2 games at CB, has 4 tackles
WR Jeremy Tabuayo Honolulu, Hawaii (St. Louis) Has 2 catches for 6 yards
DT Hardreck Walker Spring, Texas (Westfield) Has 4 tackles
LB Shaan Washington Alexandria, La. (Senior) Has 7 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 QBS, 1 FF, 1 FR
DB Jonathan Wiggins Houston, Texas (Alief Taylor) Has 1 tackle
WR Ja’Quay Williams Tyrone, Ga. (Sandy Creek) 2 catches for 58 yards, 1 TD
SUMLIN AMONG COACHING ELITE
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin won 23 games the past two seasons, which was tied for second-most among all NCAA FBS coaches. Alabama’s Nick Saban led the way with 25 victories followed by the 23 wins by Sumlin, North Carolina State’s Dave Doeren, LSU’s Les Miles, Boise State’s Chris Peterson and Stanford’s David Shaw.
Most Wins (Last two seasons, 2011-12)
WINS COACH, SCHOOL (S)
25 Nick Saban, Alabama
23 Dave Doeren, North Carolina State (Northern Illinois); Les Miles, LSU; Chris Peterson, Boise State; David Shaw, Stanford; Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M (Houston)
MAROON GOONS CLEAR THE WAY
Paving the way for the Aggies’ offense is one of the biggest offensive fronts in school history, which features a pair of tackles that have been projected to be NFL first-round draft picks in the future. The projected starting five, self-titled the “Maroon Goons,” of senior All-American Jake Matthews (OT), juniors Cedric Ogbuehi (OT) and Jarvis Harrison (OG), sophomore Mike Matthews (C) and redshirt freshman Germain Ifedi (OG) weigh in at 1,526 pounds or 305.2 per goon.
Matthews shifted from right tackle to left tackle to replace Outland Trophy winner Luke Joeckel, while Ogbuehi moved from guard to right tackle.
Here’s the Beef
LINEMAN________________ HT____ WT___ CAREER STARTS
LT Jake Matthews______ 6-5___ 305___ 36 (36 consecutive)
LG Jarvis Harrison 6-3_ 325 21 (17 consecutive)
C Mike Matthews______ 6-2___ 285___ 3 (3 consecutive)
RG ________________ Germain Ifedi 6-5_ 311 3 (3 consecutive)
RT Cedric Ogbuehi 6-5_ 295 22 (21 consecutive)
MATTHEWS RANKS AMONG ELITE
• Returning All-America offensive tackle Jake Matthews was listed No. 1 on the top 100 college seniors list compiled by NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt.
• On a pair of 2014 NFL mock drafts, Matthews was projected to be selected fifth overall (first offensive lineman) to the Arizona Cardinals.
TEXAS A&M IN THE RANKINGS
The Aggies entered the 2013 season with a top 10 preseason ranking in The Associated Press poll for the 13th time in school history. The Aggies were No. 7 in the AP poll, and No. 6 in the USA Today coaches poll.
• It was the highest AP preseason rank since starting No. 7 in 1999, and the No. 6 ranking by the coaches was the highest since bing ranked No. 6 in the 1995 poll.
• With this week’s No. 10 AP/No. 9 USA Today ranking, the Aggies have been ranked in 14 straight editions of the polls.
• Texas A&M finished 2012 ranked No. 5 in both the media and coaches polls. It was A&M’s highest final rank since 1956.
Aggies in the Rankings (2013 week by week)
POLL PRE S3 S9 S16 S23 S30 O7 O14 O21 O28 N4 N11 N18 N25 D2 FINAL
AP #7 #7 #6 #10
USA Today #6 #7 #6 #9
BCS -- --
Texas A&M needs six wins to join an elite group of college football programs with 700 or more all-time victories. Going into 2013, only 14 programs have hit the 700-win plateau: Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee, USC, Georgia, LSU, Penn State, Auburn and West Virginia. In its 119th season of football, Texas A&M has a 694-452-48 record (.601).
ABOUT THE AGGIE COACHES
Several members of Texas A&M coaching staff played at the collegiate and professional level, including several that oversee the position that they played.
Kevin Sumlin Head Coach Linebacker at Purdue
Clarence McKinney Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Quarterback/WR at U. of Mary
Mark Snyder Defensive Coordinator Free safety at Marshall
Jake Spavital Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Quarterback/punter at Missouri State
Marcel Yates Co-Defensive Coordinator/Secondary Defensive back for Boise State
Jeff Banks Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Punter at Washington State
David Beaty Wide Receivers/Recruting Coordinator Wide receiver at Lindenwood U.
Mark Hagen Linebackers Linebacker at Indiana U.
Terry Price Defensive Line Defensive lineman at Texas A&M
Larry Jackson Director of FB Sports Performance Defensive end/linebacker at Texas A&M