Game #3 / Aggies vs. Crimson Tide
(1-0, 0-0 vs. SEC)
(2-0, 0-0 vs. SEC)
KICKOFF/DATE:...... 2:40 (CT), Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013
SITE....................... Kyle Field, College station, Texas (Cap. 82,589)
TELEVISION............ CBS (National)
Verne Lundquist, play-by-play
Gary Danielson, commentary
Tracy Wolfson, sideline reporter
RADIO................... Compass Media (National)
Gregg Daniels, play-by-play
Dale Hellestrae, commentary
Texas A&M Sports Network
Dave South, play-by-play
Dave Elmendorf, commentary
Will Johnson, sideline
(SiriusXM channel: Sirius 91 / XM 91)
RANKINGS............. Alabama (No. 1- AP / No. 1 - USA Today)
Texas A&M (No. 6 - AP / No. 6 - USA Today)
SERIES HISTORY...... Alabama leads 3-2
LAST MEETING....... Texas A&M 29, at Alabama 24
LIVE AUDIO............ aggieathletics.com, radioaggieland.com
Top 10 matchup on tap at Kyle field
No. 6 Texas A&M will host a rare top 10 matchup at Kyle Field when the Aggies battle top-ranked and two-time defending national champion Alabama on Saturday. The game is a rematch of last year’s epic 29-24 victory by the Aggies in front of 101,821 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. It will be the fifth meeting of top 10 teams at Kyle Field, and the Aggies are 1-2 in the previous matchups.
Top 10 Matchups at Kyle Field
2013 No. 1 Alabama at No. 6 Texas A&M
2011 No. 7 Oklahoma State beat No. 8 Texas A&M, 30-29
1975 No. 2 Texas A&M beat No. 5 Texas, 20-10
1951 No. 10 Texas A&M beat No. 4 Oklahoma, 14-7
1941 No. 10 Texas beat No. 2 Texas A&M, 23-0
• Alabama holds a 3-2 advantage in the all-time series between the school. The Aggies’ two wins in the series are some of the most memorable victory in program history. Last year’s Aggie victory was A&M’s highest ranked road victory in program history. The other win came in the 1968 Cotton Bowl when “Junction Boy” Gene Stallings’ Aggies beat Paul “Bear” Bryant’s Crimson Tide, 20-16. Stallings, who was coached by Bryant at A&M and coached under the Bear at Alabama, was carried off the field by Bryant.
• It will be Alabama’s second visit to Kyle Field. In the previous encounter, the Tide beat the Aggies, 30-10, in the famed “Hurricane Bowl” in 1988. The game was originally scheduled for Sept. 17, but was postponed to Dec. 1 due to the threat of Hurricane Gilbert. It was also Jackie Sherrill’s final game as A&M head coach.
About the game
• The highly-anticipated rematch between Texas A&M and Alabama will be televised nationally by CBS. Describing the action will be the same crew that called last season’s game: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (commentary) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline).
• It will be CBS’s first trip to College Station for a game since 1989. In that game, Arkansas handed the Aggies a 23-22 loss after a controversial pass interference penalty extended a late Hog drive.
• The Saturday, Sept. 14 edition of College GameDay on ESPN will originate from Texas A&M’s historic Simpson Drill Field. It’s the second straight season that ESPN’s popular pregame has come to Aggieland.
College gameday at Kyle Field
Sept. 14, 2013 No. 1 Alabama at No. 6 Texas A&M Simpson Drill Field
Sept. 8, 2012 No. 24 Florida defeated Texas A&M, 20-17 Simpson Drill Field
Nov. 4, 2006 No. 18 Oklahoma defeated No. 21 Texas A&M, 17-16 Cain Park
Nov. 11, 2000 No. 1 Oklahoma defeated No. 24 Texas A&M, 35-31 Kyle Field southwest corner
Top-ranked Tide comes to Kyle Field
The 2013 Crimson Tide will be the sixth team to come to Kyle with the No. 1 spot in the current Associated Press Top 25. The Aggies are 1-4 in the previous meetings, with the lone A&M win coming in the most recent game (30-26 win over Oklahoma, 2002).
top-ranked Opponents at Kyle Field
2013 No. 1 Alabama at No. 6 Texas A&M
2002 Texas A&M defeated No. 1 Oklahoma, 30-26
2000 No. 1 Oklahoma defeated No. 23 Texas A&M, 35-31
1977 No. 1 Texas defeated No. 12 Texas A&M, 57-28
1969 No. 1 Texas defeated Texas A&M, 49-12
1963 No. 1 Texas defeated Texas A&M, 15-13
• Overall, the Aggies have faced the nation’s No. 1 team 12 times, and have compiled a 2-10 in those games. However, A&M has won two of the last three encounters with top-ranked teams.
• During the 2012-13 school year, Texas A&M became the first school ever to beat the defending national champions in football and basketball on their home field/court in the same school year. The Aggie gridders beat Alabama, 29-24, at Bryant-Denny on Nov. 10, and Billy Kennedy’ Aggies defeated Kentucky, 83-71, at Rupp Arena on Jan. 12, 2013.
Sumlin Against ranked teams
Top-ranked Alabama will be Texas A&M’s first game against a ranked team from the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2013. Last season, Texas A&M faced six top 25 squads and were 4-2 in those contests. In his sixth season as a head coach, second -year Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin has a career record of 7-3 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
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
Texas A&M-Alabama connections
Despite having just five previous Texas A&M vs. Alabama games, the connections between the schools are extensive.
• Legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant coached the Aggies from 1954-57 before a long tenure at Alabama. Two of Bryant’s proteges served as head coach at Texas A&M: Gene Stallings (1965-71) and Jackie Sherrill (1982-88). Stallings played for Bryant at Texas A&M and served as an assistant coach at Alabama from 1958-64. Sherrill played for Bryant at Alabama from 1963-65.
• John David Crow was the single Heisman Trophy winner of Bryant’s career in 1957 at Texas A&M, and he was an assistant coach at Alabama from 1969-71.
• Current Texas State head coach Dennis Franchione served as head coach at both schools -- at Alabama from 2001-02 and Texas A&M from 2003-07.
• UA SID Doug Walker is a 1988 graduate of Texas A&M and served as a student assistant in the SID office under Alan Cannon. ... Tide Director of Performance Nutrition Amy Bragg served the same capacity at A&M from 2005-10. ... Texas A&M Director of Marketing Jennifer Martin served the same capacity for the Tide.
• Texas A&M is in the midst of a eight-game winning streak, which is the longest current streak in the SEC and the third- longest in the NCAA FBS.
• Texas A&M has a streak of 16 straight sellouts at Kyle Field, which began with the 2010 Nebraska game.
• A&M has scored in double digits in 30 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 117 games. In fact, A&M has only been kept under double digits in only five of those 117 games.
• WR Mike Evans has made four or more catches in 15 straight games, which is every game of his career.
• Senior RB Ben Malena has 33 catches and 3 TDs in 33 career games.
• The Aggies have seven rushing TDs, but the longest TD run of the year is just six yards by Johnny Manziel vs. Sam Houston State.
• Texas A&M’s 38 first downs against Sam Houston State last week matched the school record (38 vs. TCU, 1986).
• Through two games, the Aggies have been successful on 15 of 25 third-down situations (60.0). Last year, the Aggies led the nation with a 55.0 percent success rate.
• The Aggies are averaging 10.5 yards per pass attempt after two games, and averaged over 10.0 yards in both games this season. The Aggies set the school record with an average of 8.4 yard per attempt in 2012.
• The Aggies scored a whopping 35 points in the third quarter on just 21 offensive players against Sam Houston State.
• 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.
• Texas A&M hit the 500-yard plateau in passing yards for the first time in school history last week against SHSU. The top two passing efforts in school history have come in the Sumlin era (500 vs. SHSU and 498 vs. Arkansas in 2012).
• The Aggies gained 714 yards against SHSU, the second 700+ offensive game of the Sumlin era. Offense has been over 600 yards seven times in 15 games.
• NCAA total offense rankings by Kevin Sumlin-coached teams:
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 two games, the Aggies are averaging 7.8 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 top four all-purpose gainers from 2012 return in 2013, and all four gained more than 900 yards -- quarterback Johnny Manziel, wide receiver Mike Evans, running back/kickoff return specialist Trey Williams and running back Ben Malena.
• 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. It was achieved by Manziel (rushing and passing) and Evans (receiving) in 2012, and by Ryan Tannehill (passing), Cyrus Gray (rushing) and Ryan Swope (receiving) in 2011.
• Johnny Manziel is the only player in FBS history to generate 5,000+ total yards, while rushing for 1,000+ yards. Previous high rusher among 5,000-yard gainer was Colt Brennan of Hawaii with 366 in 2006.
• Texas A&M completed a school record 67.0 percent of its pass attempts in 2012. After two games, the Aggies’ completion percentage stands at 72.0 percent.
• 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.
• The Aggies have had two pickoffs in both games in 2013, after doing it three times in 2012. A&M had a pair of INTs in last year’s win over the Crimson Tide.
• Deshazor Everett and Tramain Jacobs are the only Aggies with multiple interceptions during their careers. Everett grabbed the third of his career last week vs. SHSU
• 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 (16), Julien Obioha (13), Toney Hurd Jr. (13), Deshazor Everett (12), Kirby Ennis (12).
• Opponents completed just 56.4 percent of their passes last year, after connecting on 62.4 percent in 2011.
• Senior WR Travis Labhart is listed as starter at punt returner heading into Alabama game. The former practice player for coach Gary Blair’s NCAA Champion women’s basketball team has 2 returns for 30 yards vs. SHSU.
• Sophomore DB Sam Moeller has been the Aggies’ 12th Man in both games in 2013.
• Placekicker Taylor Bertolet booted nine touchbacks on 10 kickoffs against Sam Houston State. He has 78 TBs on 122 career kickoffs, or 5.2 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) 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 four times, sophomore Drew Kaser is averaging an impressive 54.8 yards per boot.
• Aggies lead the nation with net punt average of 52.0.
• Sophomore Trey Williams posted 557 yards on 25 kickoff returns last year, which ranks No. 7 on A&M’s kickoff return yardage list.
Milestones on horizon
• Sophomore WR Mike Evan needs five catches to reach 100 career catches in just 16 games. No other receiver reached 100 receptions in their first two seasons at Texas A&M. The fastest to 100 career catches currently is Jeff Fuller, who needed 22 games to reach 100.
• Sophomore QB Johnny Manziel needs 309 total offense yards to reach 6,000 for his career. He reached the 5,000-yard mark in 13 games, which was the fastest in NCAA FBS history.
• Head coach Kevin Sumlin needs just two more victories to reach 50 for his career.
• Other Manziel milestones include: Needs 35 rushing yards to reach 1,500 ... need 16 pass attempts to become 12th Aggie QB with 500
Offense hits four bills...again
The Aggies gained 714 yards against SHSU last week, which marked the 14th 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 14-of-15 games, including 500-plus yards nine times.
• Digging deeper into the Aggies’ offensive surge, Texas A&M has posted 41 400-plus yardage outputs in 54 total games since shifting to a no-huddle, up-tempo offense in 2009. During that span, the Aggies have hit the 500-yard level 27 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) 3rd on team with 12 tackles, 2 TFL
DB Noel Ellis New Orleans, La. (Karr) Has made 1 tackle
DB Tavares Garner Missouri City, Texas (Manvel) Has played in both games
DL Isaiah Golden Carthage, Texas (Carthage) Has 7 tackles, 2 TFL
WR LaQuvionte Gonzales Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill) 3 catches for 31 yards, 4 KOR for 74 yards
DL Daeshon Hall Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster) Has made 6 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 MastrogiovanniDallas, Texas (Jesuit) Listed as SLB starter, has 7 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 6 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 QBS, 1 FF
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___ 35 (35 consecutive)
LG Jarvis Harrison_______ 6-3___ 325___ 20 (16 consecutive)
C Mike Matthews______ 6-2___ 285___ 2 (2 consecutive)
RG Germain Ifedi_______ 6-5___ 311___ 2 (2 consecutive)
RT Cedric Ogbuehi______ 6-5___ 295___ 21 (20 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. 6 AP/No. 6 USA Today ranking, the Aggies have been ranked in 13 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
USA Today #6 #7 #6
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 streak
Texas A&M is in the midst of a eight-game winning streak dating back to 2012. The last time the Aggies have had a longer winning streak was 1998 when the team reeled off 10 straight wins after a season-opening loss to Florida State in the Kickoff Classic.
1938-40 20 games
1956-57 14 games
1918-20 13 games
1917-18 13 games
1992 12 games
1998 10 games
1976-77 10 games
1975 10 games
1909-10 10 games
1993 9 games
1991 9 games
1940-41 9 games
1914-15 9 games
1911-12 9 games
1987 8 games
1910-11 8 games
2012-13 8 games
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