One for the books
In throttling, the Aggies dispatch South Carolina State at home, 70-14
Published: Sunday, September 23, 2012
Updated: Sunday, September 23, 2012 23:09
Saturday night, Texas A&M had their way, beating the South Carolina State Bulldogs 70-14 at Kyle Field.
Texas A&M won on offense gaining 448 total yards to the Bulldogs’ 223, on defense by limiting S.C. State to 4-17 in third and fourth down situations, and on special teams with senior defensive back Dustin Harris returning eight punts for a total of 246 yards, a school and SEC record.
Head Coach Kevin Sumlin said the win was a team effort and field position put freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel in good situations.
"Overall, it's a great team victory," Sumlin said. "The defense is playing really well and special teams really helped the field position."
Harris broke his own school record of 162 yards set last year against Kansas. The Aggies scored on their second possession of the game after Harris returned a punt for 19 yards allowing the Aggies to start from the Bulldogs 33-yard line.
The Aggies drove the ball into the end zone with junior running back Ben Malena from four yards out. Two drives later, the Aggies scored again after being set up on South Carolina State's 42-yard line by Harris. Manziel started to run but then found senior receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu in the back of the end zone from 9 yards out.
When asked about the return game, Harris said that every time he caught the ball he thought he was going to score.
"Being able to sit there, catch the ball and know I have guys blocking for me, guys that have my back, guys that know one block can set me free. They just sit back there and do their job. It's a reward to the whole special teams." Harris said.
The starters got to rest after a 49-7 lead at halftime. Senior running back Christine Michael came in during the second half and ran the ball seven times for 26 yards. Coach Sumlin said that there was not a reason he didn't play more, to put off speculation that he was still suspended.
Senior receiver Ryan Swope said that it was good for the starters to rest, and give other players college experience, but they had to get the job done first.
"It's important to get our work in and focus one game at a time," Swope said. "Taking care of business these first three games is really important. It gives guys an opportunity to get out there and play and get a feel for the game."
The Aggies move to 2-1 on the season and start this three game home stretch at 1-0. Texas A&M will face the Arkansas Razorbacks next Saturday at Kyle Field at 11:21 am.