Texas A&M 56, Vanderbilt 24
ABOUT THE WIN...
• The Aggies improved to 6-2 overall and 3-2 against the Southeastern Conference.
• Win makes the Aggies bowl-eligible for the fifth straight year and the 35th time in program history.
• It was the 698th victory in program history as the Aggies seek to become the 18th Football Bowl Subdivision team to reach 700 wins.
• The Aggies earn the victory in the first-ever meeting between Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
• The Aggies entered the game with just seven QB sacks in the first seven contests of 2013, but matched their season total in just one game with seven against the Commodores.
Aggie defense shines
• The Aggie defense recorded a season-high 12 tackles for loss in the win, to go along with the seven sacks.
• The 329 yards allowed by the A&M defense was a season-low. The previous best was 390 yards agains Sam Houston State and lowest versus an FBS opponent was 434 yards by SMU.
• The Aggies held an opponent under 100 yards rushing for just the second-time this season at 95 yards, SMU tallied 93 rushing yards earlier this season.
• The 24 points allowed by A&M were the second-lowest in the first eight games. Season low is 13 versus SMU, prior to today the second-lowest was 31 versus Rice.
• The first defensive play of the second half was an interception-return for touchdown by Howard Matthews. The pick-six was the fifth defensive touchdown of the season for the Aggies.
• The A&M defense recorded a season-high three interceptions.
youth is served
A host of true-freshman defenders made their impact felt against the Commodores.
• Freshman defenders have combined for 23 tackles, 4 TFLs, 3 QBH, 3 QBS and 1 INT
Darian Claiborne 5 tackles, 1.5 QBS, 1.5 TFL
Noel Ellis 4 tackles, 1 QBH, .5 QBS, .5 TFL
Shaan Washington 4 tackles, 1 QBS, 1 TFL
Jordan Mastrogiovanni 4 tackles, 1 INT
Daeshon Hall 3 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 QBH
Isaiah Golden 2 tackles
Alex Sezer 1 tackle
6,000/8,000 FOR JOHNNY
• In just his 21st career game, Johnny Manziel surpassed the 6,000- and 8,000-yard plateaus in career passing and total yards, respectively.
40 points/400 total yards
• The Aggies scored 56 points while racking up 558 total yards. It marked the Aggies’ 11 straight game with 40 or more points, which is the longest streak in the NCAA FBS. It was also A&M’s 20th straight game with 400 or more total yards, which is the second-longest streak in FBS. Both streaks are easily school records.
WEEKLY FAST START NOTE
The Aggies took the opening kickoff of the game and proceeded to march on a 13-play, 75-yard drive that ended with an eight-yard TD catch by Derel Walker.
• It marked the seventh straight game with a touchdown on the opening offensive series of the game.
• In 21 games under Kevin Sumlin, the Aggies have scored 18 times on their first offensive series of the game with 17 touchdowns.
• The Aggies have scored first in 20 of 21 games under Sumlin.
• The Aggies have scored at least 14 first-quarter points in seven straight games, and 13 times in 21 games under Sumlin.
New Five up front
• Today’s OL starters were LT Jarvis Harrison, LG Garrett Gramling, C Mike Matthews, RG Germain Ifedi and RT Jake Matthews, it marked the first change to offensive line starters all season. Prior to today the offensive line has been LT J. Matthews, LG Harrison, C M. Matthews, RG Ifedi and RT Ogbuehi in previous 7 games.
• In fact, A&M used the same 5 starters in all 13 games last year: Luke Joeckel, Harrison, Patrick Lewis, Ogbuehi and J. Matthews…and then used the same 5 guys for the first 7 games of 2013.
• First career start for junior Garrett Gramling from Denton Ryan High School.
12th MAN, POLO, CAPTAINS, COIN TOSS
• For the eighth straight game, sophomore defensive back Sam Moeller was the 12th Man.
• Wearing the #90 jersey in memory of fallen teammate Polo Manukainiu was freshman Isaiah Golden (normally wears #99). Manukainiu died in a tragic car accident last summer.
• The Aggies’ team captain representatives at the coin toss were seniors Ben Malena, Toney Hurd Jr. and Jake Matthews. A&M won the toss and elected to receive.