Texas A&M Football Postgame Notes vs Rice

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About the win
+ The Aggies extended their winning streak to seven with today’s win over Rice. It is A&M’s longest win streak since winning 10 straight after losing the season-opener in 1998.
+ Texas A&M defeated Rice for the 16th straight time. The Aggies now lead the all-time series with Rice, 51-27-2.
+ The Aggies, which have three more non-conference games vs. schools from state of Texas, haven’t lost to a Texas non-conference team since 1954. Texas Tech, then of the Border Conference, beat the Aggies, 41-7, in Paul “Bear” Bryant’s debut game in Aggieland.
+ The Aggies improved to 61-5 against non-conference foes at Kyle Field since 1985.
+ The Aggies are 27-3 in their last 30 home openers.
+ It was the first season-opening win of head coach Kevin Sumlin’s career at Texas A&M. Overall, Sumlin is 5-1 in season-openers at Houston (2008-11) and A&M (2012- ).
+ Texas A&M generated more than 400 total yards for the 15th straight game, which is a school record.
+ The Aggies scored 50-plus points in a season-opener for the first time since topping Sam Houston State, 59-6, at Kyle Field (9/6/1997).
First-time starters
+ The Aggies had 10 players making their starting debuts --- five on offense and five on defense. New starters on offense were: OL Mike Matthews, OL Germain Ifedi, WR Sabian Holmes, WR Derel Walker, QB Matt Joeckel. On defense, the first-time starters were DT Hardreck Walker, DE Tyrell Taylor, LB Tommy Sanders, CB Alex Sezer Jr. and DB Clay Honeycutt.
+ The Aggies failed to score first for the first time since the 2011 Missouri game, which was a span of 18 games.
+ The Aggies punted on their first offensive drive of the game, which stopped a streak of 10 games with a TD on the opening drive.
+ True freshman WR Ricky Seals-Jones made his first career receiving TD a memorable one by ripping off a 71-yard catch and run.
+ Sophomore punter Drew Kaser’s 76-yard punt in the third quarter was the sixth-longest punt in school history. In his first action since game two of 2011, Kaser averaged 62.7 yards on three punts.
+ Making his first-ever start at quarterback was junior Matt Joeckel, whose twin brother, Luke, was a surprise visitor to the game. Luke was the No. 2 overall selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2013 NFL Draft. He played the entire first half for the suspended Johnny Manziel, and completed 14-of-19 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown.
+ Sophomore transfer RB Tra Carson (from Oregon) scored a pair of touchdowns in his first game in the maroon and white.
+ Johnny Manziel needed less than a half to record his seventh career three-TD passing day. It also marked his 10th career game with multiple TD passes. He was 6-for-8 for 94 yards and 3 TDs in the air and rushed six times for 19 yards on the ground.
+ Clay Honeycutt, who entered the contest with two career tackles in eight games, logged seven tackles and his first career INT.
+ Tramain Jacobs tallied his second career INT for the Aggies’ other takeaway.
+ Sophomore WR Mike Evans led the Aggies with six catches for 84 yards with two touchdowns. It was the 14th straight game with at least four catches, which is every game of his career.
+ With his fourth and final tackle of the game, senior Toney Hurd Jr. logged the 100th tackle of his career.
Family matters
+ The Aggies had a pair of brothers starting on the offensive line in senior All-American Jake Matthews and sophomore Mike Matthews.
+ At times, Texas A&M had a pair of twin brothers on its defensive front. Junior Tyrell Taylor started at defensive end and redshirt freshman Tyrone Taylor saw early action.
+ Junior Clay Honeycutt, who posted the first start of his career, is the son of former letterman Lynn Honeycutt (1978-79).
Maroon Debuts
Four-year transfers
RB Tra Carson
Junior college transfers
TE Cameron Clear
LB Tommy Sanders
Redshirt freshmen
OL Germain Ifedi
DE Tyrone Taylor
True freshmen
DL Jay Arnold
LB Darian Claiborne
DB Noel Ellis
DB Tavares Garner
DL Isaiah Golden
WR LaQuvionte Gonzales
DL Daeshon Hall
LB Jordan Mastrogiovanni
WR Ricky Seals-Jones
DB Alex Sezer Jr.
WR Jeremy Tabuyo
DT Hardreck Walker
LB Shaan Washington
DB Jonathan Wiggins
WR Ja’Quay Williams
Captains, 12th Man
+ Game captains for the Aggies were: Ben Malena, Jake Matthews and Toney Hurd Jr. The trio won the toss and took the ball.
+ Making his 12th Man debut was Sam Moeller, a sophomore defensive back from Antonio Prep in San Antonio, Texas.
+ Suspended for the first half of today’s game were QB Johnny Manziel and DB Deshazor Everett. Suspended for the entire game were: DL Kirby Ennis, DB Floyd Raven, LB Steven Jenkins, DB De’Vante Harris, WR Edward Pope and DL Gavin Stansbury.

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