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Game Notes: Lamar at Texas A&M

September 04, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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Texas A&M's game notes for the home opener against Lamar at Kyle Field...

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • It will be the first game in the redeveloped Kyle Field with a temporary capacity of 106,000. The stadium record crowd is 90,079 from the 2010 Nebraska-Texas A&M game (W, 9-6).
  • Former Alabama QB Greg McElroy will serve as analyst on the SEC Network broadcast for #LAMvsTAMU. A graduate of Southlake Carroll HS, McElroy went to the same high school as Aggies Kenny Hill and Sabian Holmes.
  • It will be the Aggies’ third straight game against a team they’ve never faced before (Duke, South Carolina, Lamar)
  • Texas A&M has won 23 of its last 25 Kyle Field openers.
  • After last week’s win over No. 9 South Carolina, Aggies were named FWAA Team of the Week and jumped 12 spots to No. 9 in AP Top 25. A&M received first-place votes in AP poll for first time since 1995.

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. CT
  • Site: Kyle Field, College Station (106,000 capacity)
  • rankings:                                                                              
  • Lamar (N/A FCS)                                                                      
  • Texas A&M (No. 9 - AP / No. 13 HC)
  • Television: SEC Network (Dave Baker/PxP, Greg McElroy/CC; Niki Noto/SL)
  • Radio: Texas A&M Sports Network (Dave South/PxP, Dave Elmendorf, CC, Will Johnson/sideline); Spanish Network (Pedro Vela Almaguer/PxP, Alberto Rodriguez, CC)
  • SIRIUS XM: Texas A&M Spanish Network on channel 551; Texas A&M game call located on Sirius 137 / XM 192.
  • Series: First meeting

KING OF THE HILL

  • Texas A&M sophomore Kenny Hill’s remarkable starting quarterback debut against South Carolina was rewarded with Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors from the Southeastern Conference. It was Hill’s first SEC weekly honor.
  • Hill’s 511 passing yards set the overall school record, the starting debut record and the season-opener record.
  • Hill became the sixth QB in SEC history to surpass the 500-yard passing mark in a game.

Texas A&M Single Game Passing Yards

Player               Yards   Opponent                       Date

Kenny Hill          511     at South Carolina       Aug. 28, 2014

Johnny Manziel     464     Alabama                    Sept.  14, 2013

Johnny Manziel     454     Auburn                     Oct.   19, 2013

Johnny Manziel     453     Arkansas                   Sept. 29, 2012

Ryan Tannehill      449     Texas Tech                Oct.   30, 2010

Texas A&M Single Game Completions

Player                Cmp     Opponent                       Date

Kenny Hill           44      at South Carolina       Aug. 28, 2014

Jerrod Johnson      40      at Oklahoma State     Sept. 30, 2010

Ryan Tannehill       36      Texas Tech                Oct.   30, 2010

Ryan Tannehill       35      Missouri                    Oct.   29, 2011

Branndon Stewart  34      Colorado                   Sept. 28, 1996

Texas A&M Single Game Attempts

Player                 ATT     Opponent                       Date

Ryan Tannehill       64      at Oklahoma              Nov.    5, 2011

Branndon Stewart       64      Colorado                   Sept. 28, 1996

Jerrod Johnson      62      at Oklahoma State     Sept. 30, 2010

Kenny Hill           60      at South Carolina       Aug. 28, 2014

Jerrod Johnson      58      vs Georgia                 Dec. 28, 2009

SEC 500-yard Passers

Player, School                   YDS    Opponent              Year

Eric Zeier, Georgia                 544    Southern Miss          1993

Jared Lorenzen, Kentucky      528    Georgia                    2000

Rohan Davey, LSU                  528    Alabama                   2001

Peyton Manning, Tenn.          523    Kentucky                  1997

Kenny Hill, Texas A&M      511    South Carolina          2014

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas           510    Texas A&M               2011

SEC single game completions

Player, School                  CMP   Opponent              Year

Tim Couch, Kentucky              47     Arkansas                   1998

Tim Couch, Kentucky              44     Vanderbilt                1998

Kenny Hill, Texas A&M       44     South Carolina          2014

Eli Manning, Ole Miss             42     Arkansas                   2002

Tim Couch, Kentucky              41     Georgia/LSU             1997

MALCOME IN THE MIDDLE

On the receiving end of many of Kenny Hill’s aerials was senior WR Malcome Kennedy, who had a career day against South Carolina. Kennedy reeled in 14 catches for 137 yards, which were both career highs.

TExas A&M single game catches

Player                           ReC.   Opponent              Date

Albert Connell                 18    Colorado          Sept. 28, 1996

Malcome Kennedy       14    at S. Carolina    Aug. 28, 2014

Ryan Swope                     13    SFA                   Sept.    4, 2010

Ken McLean                     13    Texas                Nov. 25, 1965

Barney Harris                   13    at SMU              Nov.    9, 1968

Maroon Goons, Part III

  • Calling themselves the Maroon Goons since 2012, the 2014 group might be the best of the Sumlin era despite producing a top 10 NFL Draft pick the past two seasons.
  • The 2014 Aggies ranks as one of the biggest offensive fronts in school history, and features an offensive tackle that has been projected as a possible No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
  • The starting lineup against South Carolina of tackles Cedric Ogbuehi and Germain Ifedi, guards Joe Cheek and Garrett Gramling and center Mike Matthews weigh in at 1,540 pounds, or 308 pounds per goon.
  • Offseason shifts included Ogbuehi moving from right tackle to left tackle, and Ifedi from right guard to right tackle.

Here’s the Beef

(Starters/Possible Starters by career starts)

Goon                                    HT     WT       Starts

Jarvis Harrison                        6-4    330         31

Cedric Ogbuehi                      6-5    305         31

Germain Ifedi                         6-5    325         14

Mike Matthews                       6-2    290         14

Garrett Gramling                     6-6    310          3

Joseph Cheek                         6-7    310          1

1st/2nd-year Players

  • Of the 56 players that saw action against South Carolina, an incredible 32 of them were in their first or second season of action at Texas A&M.

True Freshmen (9)

DE Qualen Cunningham,

DE Myles Garrett,

OL J.J. Gustafson,

DB Nick Harvey,

DL Zaycoven Henderson,

WR Frank Iheanacho,

DE Jarrett Johnson,

WR Speedy Noil and

DB Armani Watts.

Redshirts/Transfers (5)

CB Victor Davis (redshirt),

WR Josh Reynolds (JC transfer),

WR Ricky Seals-Jones (redshirt),

OL Jeremiah Stuckey (redshirt JC transfer) and

LB A.J. Hilliard (four-year transfer).

Second-Year Players (18)

DL Jay Arnold (true sophomore)

RB Tra Carson (second-year transfer)

TE Cameron Clear (second-year JC transfer)

DB Tavares Garner (true sophomore)

WR LaQuvionte Gonzalez (true sophomore)

DE Daeshon Hall (true sophomore)

QB Kenny Hill (true sophomore)

OL Germain Ifedi (redshirt sophomore)

LB Jordan Mastrogiovanni (true sophomore)

QB Conner McQueen (redshirt sophomore)

WR Boone Niederhofer (redshirt sophomore)

WR Ed Pope (redshirt sophomore)

LB Tommy Sanders (second-year JC transfer)

DB Alex Sezer Jr. (true sophomore)

WR Jeremy Tabuayo (true sophomore)

DL Hardreck Walker (true sophomore)

DB Jonathan Wiggins (true sophomore)

RB Brandon Williams (second-year transfer)

Texas A&M Attendance Notables

  • The largest crowd for any Texas A&M football game is 104,802 from the Texas A&M-Michigan game (L, 41-3) at Michigan Stadium on Oct. 1, 1977.

Biggest crowds to watch Aggie Football

  1. at Michigan, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich.                       Oct. 1, 1977            104,802
  2. at Alabama, Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.                   Nov. 10, 2012         101,821
  3. at Texas, Darrell K Royal-Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas         Nov. 25, 2010         100,752
  4. at Texas, Darrell K Royal-Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas         Nov. 27, 2008         98,621
  5. at LSU, Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.                                          Nov. 23, 2013         92,949
  • The stadium record crowd at Kyle Field is 90,079 from the Texas A&M-Nebraska game (W, 9-6) on Nov. 20, 2010. (top 10 Kyle Field crowds list on page 9).
  • The current state of Texas record crowd for a college football game is 101,851 from the West Virginia-Texas game at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas in 2012.
  • The largest crowd at a football game (pro or college) in the state of Texas is 105,121 from the New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys game at Cowboys Stadium (now AT&T Stadium) on Sept. 20, 2009.

Top 10 Road win #2

  • The Aggies’ 52-28 win over then-No. 9 South Carolina marked the second win over an Associated Press top 10 team on the road of head coach Kevin Sumlin’s tenure at Texas A&M. He is just the third Aggie head coach with two or more road wins over top 10 opponents, joining Emory Bellard (2) and Paul “Bear” Bryant (2).
  • It was the 24th win over an AP top 10-ranked opponent in program history, and was just the 11th away from Kyle Field.

Sumlin’s offense

  • Texas A&M has ranked in the top 25 nationally in passing and total offense in each of the past five seasons since shifting to fast-paced no-huddle offense in 2009.
  • Under Sumlin, Texas A&M has led the SEC in passing, scoring and total offense the past two seasons. Before 2012, the last time A&M led the conference in any of those three statistical categories was 1991 when the Aggies led the now-defunct Southwest Conference with a 36.5 scoring average.
  • In six seasons as a head coach, Kevin Sumlin’s offense have averaged less than 500 total yards per game just once (480.5 in 2010), and have ranked in the top five nationally in total yards/game five of six seasons (UH ranked No. 11 in 2010).
  • A&M has broken and rebroken its passing record four times in five seasons (both average and cumulative passing yards). Under Sumlin, the Aggies have averaged 300-plus passing yards in each of the past two seasons. Prior to his arrival, A&M’s program best was 281.6 passing yards per game.
  • Texas A&M has scored 500-plus points in three straight seasons, including the top two 13-game scoring efforts in SEC history (578, 2012/575, 2013). Prior to 2011, A&M’s top cumulative scoring season was 427 in 2009.
  • The Aggies set the SEC record for total yards in a season with 7,261 in 2012 and fell just a yard short of back-to-back 7,000-yard season with 6,999 in 2013.
  • After two seasons in the SEC, the Aggies hold team conference records for season passing yards (4,593 in 2013), season total offense (7,261 in 2012), season yards/game (558.5 in 2012), season passing first downs (204 in 2013) and season total first downs (357 in 2012).

Texas A&M Offense since 2009

(since moving to no huddle)

Year               Pass               Score                Total

*2013    353.3 (#7)      44.2 (#5)       538.4 (#4)

*2012    316.5 (#14)    44.5 (t#4)      558.5 (#3)

2011      291.1 (#18)    39.1 (#11)     490.2 (#7)

2010      276.8 (#20)    31.2 (t#34)    441.8 (#23)

2009      281.6 (#16)    32.8 (#19)     465.8 (#5)

* -- Coached by Kevin Sumlin

Sumlin’s Offenses

(at Texas A&M/Houston)

Year                       Pass               Score                Total

*2013         353.3 (#7)      44.2    (#5)     538.4   (#4)

*2012         316.5 (#14)    44.5 (t#4)     558.5   (#3)

#2011         450.1 (#1)      49.3    (#1)     599.1   (#1)

#2010         327.3 (#5)      37.7 (#13)     480.5 (#11)

#2009         430.9 (#1)      42.2 (t#1)     563.2   (#1)

#2008         401.1 (#2)      40.6 (#10)     562.8   (#2)

* -- at Texas A&M      # -- at University of Houston

ROAD WARRIORS

  • Texas A&M has compiled a 11-2 record in games away from Kyle Field during the Kevin Sumlin era.
  • In the previous five seasons before Sumlin’s arrival, the Aggies were 10-19 away from Kyle Field.
  • The last winning record away from Kyle Field prior to Sumlin’s arrival in 2012 came in 2006.

Special specialists

Texas A&M is the only team in the nation that returns a punter averaging over 44.0 yards per boot, a placekicker that connected on 80 or higher on his field goal attempts and a kickoff returner that averaged 25.0 or more per attempt.

Player, Position                          Stats       Avg./PCT.

Drew Kaser, punter           44/2,085                47.4

Josh Lambo, placekicker           8-10                .800

Trey Williams, KO returner 28/706                25.2

“Fast start”-ers

  • One of the opening periods of head coach Kevin Sumlin’s practices is called “fast start.” Occurring just after warmups, “fast start” features several live-action 11-on-11 series just like a game situation. He started implementing the period when his teams at the University of Houston were getting off to slow starts.
  • In 27 games under Sumlin, the Aggies have scored at least 14 first-quarter points 14 times.
  • Texas A&M has scored first in 24 of 27 games under Kevin Sumlin.
  • On opening offensive series under Sumlin, the Aggies have scored 19 of 27 times with an impressive 18 touchdowns.
  • In first quarters under Sumlin (27 games), the Aggies have outscored their opponents 311-134 or an average of 11.5-4.9.
  • Mark Snyder’s Aggie defense has forced a punt, turnover or turnover on downs on 19 of 27 opening series.

Offense under sumlin

  • The Aggies have gained 400 or more yards in 24 of 27 games under Sumlin.
  • The Aggies have hit 500 total yards in 19 of 27 games under Sumlin.
  • During the Sumlin era, Texas A&M has scored 70 points once, 60 or more points three times, 50 or more 12 times, 40 or more points 20 times and 30 or more 22 times in 27 games.

Sumlin vs. Top 25

In his seventh season as a head coach, third-year Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin has a career record of 9-7 against ranked teams (Associated Press poll).

Sumlin vs. the AP Top 25 (at TAMU)

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

Auburn, 2013                       No. 24            L, 45-41

at LSU, 2013                          No. 18            L, 34-10

at Missouri, 2013                 No. 5              L, 28-21

vs. Duke                                 No. 22          W, 52-48

at South Carolina, 2014       No. 9            W, 52-28

Sumlin vs. the AP Top 25 (at UH)

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

Sumlin among nation’s winningest coaches

With a 56-23 record as a head coach, third-year Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin stands in a tie for No. 13 on the NCAA Winningest Active Coaches list (by percentage).

Winningest Active Coaches

BY PERCENTAGE (Minimum five years as FBS head coach / Record at four-year colleges only)

          Coach, College                                      Yrs.         W          L        T        Pct.

  1.     Chris Petersen, Washington               9th        93        12        0       .886

  2.     Urban Meyer, Ohio St.                       12th      129        25        0       .838

  3.     Bob Stoops, Oklahoma                       15th      161        39        0       .805

  4.     Nick Saban, Alabama                          18th      166        57        1       .746

  5.     Brian Kelly, Notre Dame                    24th      209        72        2       .742

  6.     Mark Richt, Georgia                           13th      127        45        0       .738

  7.     Bobby Petrino, Louisville                     9th        83        30        0       .735

  8.     Les Miles, LSU                                     13th      124        45        0       .734

  9.     Gary Patterson, TCU                           14th      121        44        0       .733

10.    Steve Spurrier, South Carolina         24th      219        80        2       .731

11.    Larry Coker, UTSA                                 9th        80        30        0       .727

12.    Bo Pelini, Nebraska                               7th        59        24        0       .711

13.    Bronco Mendenhall, BYU                    9th        83        34        0       .709

          Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M              6th        56        23        0       .709

15.    Charlie Strong, Texas                            5th        38        16        0       .704

“Big five” Head coaches vs. AP Top 25

Entering the 2014 season, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin was one of just 12 coaches from the so-called “Big Five” conferences (plus Notre Dame) with a winning record against ranked opponents, according to research by Stats LLC and the Wall Street Journal.

Coaches with winning records vs. Top 25

Head Coach, School                        Record             Pct.

David Shaw, Stanford                     14-4              0.778

Bob Stoops, Oklahoma                   50-23            0.685

Urban Meyer, Ohio State              25-12            0.676

Chris Peterson, Washington         8-4                0.667

Jimbo Fisher, Florida State            9-5                0.643

Gus Malzahn, Auburn                     5-3                0.625

Nick Saban, Alabama                      50-35            0.588

Brian Kelly, Notre Dame                15-11            0.577

Les Miles, LSU                                  40-31            0.563

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina     62-52-1        0.543

Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M              8-7                0.533

Mark Richt, Georgia                        34-31            0.523

Source: Stats LLC, WSJ research

KEVIN SUMLIN

  • In his third season at Texas A&M. His 20 wins after his first two seasons were a record for an Aggie head coach. The previous record was 18 victories by National Football Foundation Hall of Fame coach D.X. Bible in 1917 and 1919.
  • 2012 SEC Coach of the Year by the AP, SEC Co-Coach of the Year by the league head coaches
  • Was a 2009, 2011 and 2012 “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year finalist, and a AFCA Coach of the Year finalist in 2011.
  • Seventh season as a college head coach.
  • Earned his degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Purdue University in 1988.
  • Standout linebacker for the Boilermakers from 1983-86.
  • Was hired at Texas A&M on Dec. 10, 2011 after four highly successful seasons as head coach at the University of Houston.
  • Compiled a 35-17 record at UH, and led the Cougars to three bowl games in his four seasons.
  • Served as an assistant coach at Texas A&M from 2001-02. Was hired as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach, and he added offensive coordinator to his responsibilities early in the 2002 season after the offense struggled early in the season. With Sumlin calling the plays, the Aggie offense flourished, averaging 33.0 points and 419 yards per game for the remainder of the season after posting just 16.0 points and 286 yards per game previously. A highlight of the season included a 30-26 win over top-ranked Oklahoma with the Aggies gaining 404 total yards to key the victory.
  • Other assistant coaching stops for Sumlin include: Oklahoma (2003-07), Purdue (1998-2000), Minnesota (1993-97) and Wyoming (1991-92). He got his coaching start as a graduate assistant at Washington State from 1989-90.
  • As an assistant coach, Sumlin served under Bob Stoops at Oklahoma, R.C. Slocum at Texas A&M, Joe Tiller at Purdue and Wyoming, Jim Wacker and Glen Mason at Minnesota and Mike Price at Washington State.
  • Sumlin has coached in 14 bowl games, including all four Bowl Championship Series games (2002 Rose Bowl, 2004 Sugar Bowl, 2005 Orange Bowl, 2007 and 2008 Fiesta Bowls). Also played in Peach Bowl (now Chick-Fil-A Bowl).
  • Sumlin is a native of Indianapolis, Ind., and attended high school at Brebeuf Jesuit Prep. Was born Aug. 3, 1964 in Brewton, Ala.

KYLE FIELD

  • Home of the Aggies since 1905.
  • Capacity of Kyle Field for 2014 only is 106,000.
  • Stadium record crowd is 90,079, set vs. Nebraska in 2010 (9-6 win by the Aggies) ... school record 22 straight sellouts
  • Kyle Field is named for former A&M Dean of Agriculture Edwin Jackson Kyle, who donated a 400 x 400-foot area of the southern edge of campus that had been assigned to him for horticultural experiments. It became the home of the Aggies.
  • Phase I of a $450 million redevelopment of Kyle Field is nearing completion. Phase II, which includes the demolition of the west side, will begin in earnest after the conclusion of the 2014 home schedule. The entire project will be finished in time for the 2015 season.
  • With 30,000 Texas A&M students at football games, Kyle Field hosts the largest student crowd in the nation.

kYLE fIELD rECORD cROWDS

    1.     90,079        vs. No. 8 Nebraska (2010)                                     W, 9-6

    2.     88,645        vs. No. 25 Texas (2011)                                          L, 27-25

    3.     88,504        vs. Mississippi State (2013)                              W, 51-41

    4.     88,253        vs. No. 12 Texas (2007)                                          W, 38-30

    5.     87,596        vs. No. 1 Alabama (2013)                                 L, 49-42

    6.     87,555        vs. No. 5 Texas (2001)                                            L, 21-7

    7.     87,429        vs. No. 6 LSU (2012)                                               L, 24-19

    8.     87,361        vs. Baylor (2011)                                                     W, 55-26

    9.     87,358        vs. No. 6 Oklahoma State (2011)                          L, 30-29

  10.     87,206        vs. Notre Dame (2001)                                           W, 24-3

Kyle Field rECORD season averages

    1.     87,183        2011          610,283/7 games

    2.     87,125        2013          697,003 / 8 games

    3.     87,014        2012          522,083 / 6 games

    4.     82,711        2001          496,268 / 6 games

    5.     82,477        2010          577,338 / 7 games

    6.     82,207        2007          575,450 / 7 games

    7.     82,193        2008          575, 351 / 7 games

    8.     80,198        2002          561,389 / 7 games

    9.     79,732        2005          478,389 / 6 games

  10.     77,578        2000          465,471 / 6 games

 

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