ABOUT THE WIN
+ Today’s 48-3 win over SMU was the first victory of the Kevin Sumlin era at Texas A&M.
+ The 48 points scored by A&M is the most the Aggies have ever scored against SMU away from Kyle Field, and the Aggies’ fifth highest scoring outburst ever in the long series between the Aggies and Mustangs.
+ It also marked A&M’s first win since joining the Southeastern Conference.
+ It’s the first win since the Aggies’ adidas uniform redesign.
+ Aggies are now 11-0-1 against SMU since 1985, with four straight wins.
SUMLIN’S OFFENSE ROLLS
The high-tempo offensive attack of Kevin Sumlin rolled up 605 yards on 87 plays (7.0 yards per play) against SMU. The Aggies passed for 380 yards and four TDs and rushed for 225 yards and three TDS, all season highs.
With the game in the balance early in the second quarter, the Aggies scored touchdowns on six of eight drives in the second and third quarter
For the second straight game, the Aggies were led statistically by its freshmen. Among the freshman statistical leaders were:
+ Johnny Manziel (294 passing yards)
+ Manziel (124 rushing yards)
+ Mike Evans (6 catches for 123 yards)
+ Trey Williams (30 KO return yards)
+ Manziel (124 all-purpose yards)
+ De’Vante Harris (7 tackles).
VETS CONTRIBUTE TOO
Senior wide receivers Uzoma Nwachukwu, Ryan Swope and Kenric McNeal all hit paydirt as they combined for four TD catches. Nwachukwu had scores of 26 and 12 yards, McNeal had a 42-yarder and Swope had a 48-yarder.
It was Swope’s 17th career receiving TD and Nwachukwu’s 13th.
Manziel is magic
Redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, starting just his second career game, had a record-setting performance against the Mustangs. Manziel completed 20-of-36 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.
Among those numbers are freshman records for passing yards and touchdowns. He also rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns which pushed his total offense to 418 yards, which is also a freshman school record and ranks in a tie for No. 7 overall in program history. His 124 yards were the second-highest freshman QB rushing total in school history.
Manziel had his hand in six Aggie touchdowns, four via the air and two by ground.
Freshman Records Broken/Tied
+ Passing (280 by Kevin Murray vs. Rice, 1983)
+ Total Offense (299 by Murray vs. Rice, 1983)
+ Passing TD (4 by Kevin Murray vs. Arkansas, 1983; Jeff Granger vs. Tulsa, 1991; Reggie McNeal vs. Oklahoma, 2002)
mOORE GETS TWO MORE
Aggie junior Damontre Moore, who led the NCAA in quarterback sacks entering the game, added two more traps of Pony QB Garrett Gilbert on Saturday.
Moore has five QB sacks after two games, and is more than halfway to his 2011 total of 8.5 when he ranked No. 21 nationally.
The Aggies also came into the game as the national leader in QB sacks and had four more against SMU. A&M’s season team total is 12.
EVANS MAKES HIS MARK
Redshirt freshman Mike Evans matched the school record for earliest 100-yard receiving game with his six-catch, 123-yard effort in the second game of his freshman campaign against the Ponies. He matched teammate Uzoma Nwachukwu, who had 101 yards against Utah State in game two of the 2009 season.
He is the sixth Aggie freshman to log a 100-yard receiving game, joining Nwachukwu (3), Ryan Tannehill (2), Terrence Murphy (2), Kerry Franks, Brandal Jackson and Ryan Matthews.
EPPERSON HAS ANOTHER STRONG GAME
Senior punter Ryan Epperson had another strong game with a 44.6 average on five boots, including two punts that were downed inside the SMU 20.
For the season, Epperson has put four of his 11 punts inside the 20 with no touchbacks. Only two of his punts have been returned and for only three yards.
The Aggies’ season net punt average stands at 47.2 after two games. Last year, the Aggies were No. 94 nationally with a 35.0 net punt average.
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 redshirt freshman placekicker Taylor Bertolet.
+ The 12th Man for the second straight game was sophomore Justin Bass, a linebacker from Plano East HS.