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Texas A&M snaps South Carolina’s 18-game home winning streak

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No. 21 Texas A&M (1-0, 1-0 SEC) has a motto saying they run the state of Texas. On Thursday night, Texas A&M ran the state of South Carolina.

The Aggies went to Columbia, South Carolina confident in what they could do, and it showed. Texas A&M snapped No. 9 South Carolina’s (0-1, 0-1 SEC) 18-game home winning streak in dominating fashion, running away from the Gamecocks 52-28.

The star of the night was without a doubt Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill, who dazzled in his debut as the Aggies starter looking to fill the shoes left by Johnny Manziel. All he did was throw for a school record 511 yards and three touchdowns. He did so by spreading the football around very well form start to finish. In all, Texas A&M got the football into the hands of 11 different receivers and four different runners. The pace and ability to spread the ball around proved too much for South Carolina to handle as the Gamecocks were left catching their breath on the field and on the sideline early and often.

Texas A&M and South Carolina played a close first quarter, but the Aggies started to pull away in the second quarter and never looked back. Texas A&M took a 31-14 lead into the half and continued the onslaught with an answer any time South Carolina looked to grab the momentum.

The Gamecocks were mostly without their top offensive player, running back Mike Davis. Davis did not start the game and was given an early rest with a rib bruise as the game was well in hand. Davis carried the football six times for just 15 yards before being given a rest. But that was not the reason South Carolina lost this one.

South Carolina will host a dangerous East Carolina team next weekend, before hosting SEC East rival Georgia in what has become one of the top game sin the division the last few years. The Gamecocks clearly have more hole son defense than many may have been counting on this season, but there may not be another team with quite as potent an offense the rest of the season than the one South Carolina faced Wednesday night.

Texas A&M should continue to put up some big offensive numbers the next couple of weeks. The Aggies will host FCS Lamar in the home opener in Kyle Field next week, followed by a home game against Rice. The next SEC game for Texas A&M will come on September 27 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington against Arkansas in SEC West play. Moving forward, Texas A&M will have to be given more respect as a threat in the wide-open SEC. This Aggies team is not going to sneak up any one in conference play, especially Alabama, LSU and Auburn.

Watch out SEC. Texas A&M is going to put up some points once again.

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40 Responses to “Texas A&M snaps South Carolina’s 18-game home winning streak”
  1. ryanw822 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:34 PM

    I’d be embarrassed if I was a South Carolina fan.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 28, 2014 9:37 PM

    Kenny Football!!!

    500+ yds and 3 TDs!!!

    Gig em Aggies!!!!

  3. bonnovi says: Aug 28, 2014 9:38 PM

    Johnny Who?

  4. Hard On For Harden says: Aug 28, 2014 9:41 PM

    Chalk one up for the “Manziel is a system player” camp

  5. jimr10 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:46 PM

    All week long Finebaum on the Alabama network said A&M had no chance. Love seeing Spurrier get beat.

  6. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 28, 2014 9:55 PM

    Harden.

    Not necessarily so. Sure the offense looked the same as under Manziel, it was the defense that reared it’s ugly head. If the Aggie’s improve on defense to even a top thirty defense, that game in Tuscaloosa against
    Alabama could be a real slobberknocker. Glad I have my tickets.

    On a different note, any thoughts on watching the game on the SEC Network?

  7. realfootballfan says: Aug 28, 2014 9:55 PM

    Keep trying to tell people who think Manziel made Sumlin and not the other way around, the guy’s a very good coach. South Carolina has been touted as the favorites out of the East, and they went in there and handled them. Not to mention how dormant of a program that was when he got there. Of all the schools I am kind of worried about if they can manage to get into the playoff, assuming FSU is in it too, it’s them because they’ve stepped their recruiting up and unlike Auburn who is still in the infancy of what Malzahn wants to do (and they still gave FSU all they could handle), Sumlin has been recruiting there 3 off-seasons now. Combine SEC athletes with that offense, and it’s something to get a handle on if you face them out of the blue like that late in the season.

  8. rabbi187 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:08 PM

    On a different note, any thoughts on watching the game on the SEC Network?
    ————————————-
    Yeah, which duo is worse? The combination of Jessie Palmer and Brent Musberger or Tim Tebow and Paul Finebaum? Gotta go with Tebow and Finebaum. Although Timmy is the least annoying of the bunch, Finebaum’s douchiness makes them the clear winner.

  9. irishdodger says: Aug 28, 2014 10:09 PM

    The complete lack of D was inexcusable…especially from two SEC schools. We knew TAMU had no D (they haven’t had defense since the Slocum era) but USCe should be ashamed.

  10. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Aug 28, 2014 10:12 PM

    Hard On For Harden says:
    Aug 28, 2014 9:41 PM
    Chalk one up for the “Manziel is a system player” camp

    I won’t say Manziel is only a system player, but Sumlin has proven over multiple years and teams he is an offensive genius. Manziel was a great college football player, but he wouldn’t have had the statistics he did if he wasn’t in the “Sumlin System.”

  11. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Aug 28, 2014 10:14 PM

    @amos

    If A&M has a top 30 defense, I’d sell those tickets for a large (LARGE) profit.

  12. geech72 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:15 PM

    I’m ecstatic that feinbaum and palmer are on the SEC network! Of course I don’t get that channel in my cable package, so that might have something to do with it.

  13. kinggator says: Aug 28, 2014 10:15 PM

    Not sure which USC had the worse week

  14. tampajoey says: Aug 28, 2014 10:23 PM

    Sorry Steve… your season was over by halftime.

  15. microbrewuga says: Aug 28, 2014 10:44 PM

    I’m speechless over that game, that’s why I’m typing.

  16. dmarado says: Aug 28, 2014 10:44 PM

    South Carolina is a steaming pile of garbage. LOL @ them being ranked in the top ten.

  17. manik56 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:51 PM

    Kenny Hill did not look good at all…with my standard definition SEC Network. Thanks Time Warner.

  18. sportsbastard says: Aug 28, 2014 11:03 PM

    This really couldn’t have happened to a nicer more humble bunch of home fans. :) Nice effort USCe.

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 28, 2014 11:48 PM

    One thing I really noticed with Hill that I didn’t see near as much of with Manziel was when Hill started to run his eyes were always downfield looking to throw. He was sensational tonight.

    I have a ton of respect for S. Carolina which is why I’m so happy about this performance.

    There were definitely some defensive issues though. True freshman safety Armani Watts made some huge plays but the first two bomb TDs were both due to him misreading plays and letting guys run free deep. I thought Myles Garret looked great though constantly applying pressure when he was in there. I wasn’t super pressed with Speedy Noil but I think it takes time for young receivers to become difference makers.

    All in all, I am so happy with the way they played tonight. Hill showed a lot of poise for a young QB on the road. The scary thing is…. This team is really young. Lots of freshman. Future looks bright! bright indeed!

  20. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 29, 2014 12:12 AM

    I can’t decide if the T&AM offense is that good or is the SCAR defense that bad.

  21. ningenito78 says: Aug 29, 2014 12:25 AM

    This is the worst thing that could have happened for old Johnny. Now the question is who’s the first reporter to write a story tomorrow that Manziel is overrated because he’s a ‘product of a great system’?

  22. goodfieldnohit says: Aug 29, 2014 1:16 AM

    Didn’t this website leave A&M out of their top 25 teams?

    You guys might want to rethink that right about now.

    One other note, everyone in Austin, TX just crapped their pants.

    #WRTS

  23. txnative65 says: Aug 29, 2014 1:50 AM

    Sumlin showed at Houston he’s a great coach. Surprised USC got caught underestimating them in this game. They shouldn’t sneak up on anyone after the Alabama victory two seasons ago–makes me wonder about the SEC East now.

  24. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 29, 2014 1:53 AM

    No team out of the Big Twelve could EVER compete in the SEC!!! …. Ha!

  25. realfootballfan says: Aug 29, 2014 3:38 AM

    People who keep bringing up that A&M used to be a Big 12 school do realize that they’ve been out of that conference 3 years now, which means 3 off-seasons of the different recruits that teams often get when switching conferences, don’t they? Not to mention that those 2 teams still haven’t exactly won anything. Furthermore, A&M was always the mystery to why they were dormant for so long anyway after Slocum’s many big game losses back in the 90′s. It was frankly a puzzle, and I have a pretty good feeling Sumlin’s version of A&M would probably be doing much better in the Big 12 than Mike Sherman’s or the Dennis Franchione’s adorations had they stayed there considering that the whole conference besides the Oklahoma schools have been down recently (including the other teams that went to the Big 10), affording Baylor the opportunity to masquerade as a big boy football team.

  26. goodfieldnohit says: Aug 29, 2014 3:43 AM

    “This is the worst thing that could have happened for old Johnny.”

    There is no Aggie in the world that gives two shits about Johnny Manziel anymore. He is yesterday’s news. Don’t hang your hat on stupid statements like that.

    We are here to compete, and Sumlin is the key. He is a QB whisperer.

  27. goodfieldnohit says: Aug 29, 2014 4:28 AM

  28. packergator says: Aug 29, 2014 8:48 AM

    Let’s not go crazy here – South Carolina had ZERO pass rush and the back seven’s tackling was embarrassing. I think we’ll see that the loss of Jadeveon Clowney and the veteran leadership in the secondary was a bigger loss than anyone realized.

  29. tgaustin says: Aug 29, 2014 9:29 AM

    You sure about that Goodshit? I thought you had other views on Kev.

    http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/12/10/all-am-signs-continue-to-point-to-sumlin-announcement-today/#comments

  30. florida727 says: Aug 29, 2014 9:33 AM

    I was listening to a blogger for Bleacher Report on our local sports radio talk station here and he flat-out stated that South Carolina was the “most overrated team in the SEC”. Guess he knew what he was talking about.

    Two thoughts in particular:
    1) I’d like to hear now from those people that thought Clowney phoned it in all of last year; think they miss him maybe just a little, along with the other starters they lost off that defense?, and…
    2) not to hate on Manziel, but will people finally start giving Sumlin the credit HE deserves for the system he’s got?

    I know it’s only one game into the season, but even if USC was/is overrated, A&M fans have to be incredibly wired about their prospects for the remainder of the season, especially because except for two long TD passes by Dylan Thompson, their defense played far better than anything they showed last year. Combine that with an offense that looks ready for primetime, who knows how far they can go.

  31. onlyoneleft says: Aug 29, 2014 9:46 AM

    Folks, you have got to remember it was only South
    Carolina.

  32. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 29, 2014 9:47 AM

    Hard On For Harden says:
    Aug 28, 2014 9:41 PM

    Chalk one up for the “Manziel is a system player” camp
    _______________________________

    I didn’t realize there was a “System” designed to have a QB lead the conference in rushing….

    Manziel was anything BUT a system player. Keenum… maybe. Kenny Hill… maybe. Manziel was the king of improv and did everything but fit into a system.

  33. onlyoneleft says: Aug 29, 2014 9:50 AM

    jimr10, Ears Finebaum reminds me of Obama. Just an empty suit.

  34. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 29, 2014 10:02 AM

    @tgaustin….

    I’m sorry… you were never wrong about anything?

    When the Aggies hired Sumlin, I was initially a little disappointed too… I was wrong….

  35. tgaustin says: Aug 29, 2014 10:17 AM

    Wow, you are missing the point big time Ag. Go back and read his comments. Then show me your posts on here where you said the same thing.

  36. packergator says: Aug 29, 2014 10:26 AM

    Classic game – if you like the “ole” defense.

  37. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 29, 2014 11:51 AM

    How am I missing the point? Sure he had harsh words for the Sumlin hire… Much of what he said was true…. People can’t ever be wrong though?

    I wasn’t very active on CFT 3 years ago so my comments aren’t here. But I was disappointed in the Sumlin hire. I wanted Briles and I wanted Briles bad. I still think Briles would do wonders at A&M. But Sumlin has been nothing short of extraordinary. 20 wins in the first 2 years of the SEC. Back to back bowl wins. And now a score beat down of top ten team on the road.

    I admit it… I was wrong. Sumlin is the right guy for the job.

  38. realfootballfan says: Aug 29, 2014 11:54 AM

    tgaustin ,

    Hilarious to read those comments from the day he was hired in retrospect, lol. There were people literally not willing to give the guy a chance when A&M had been down so long, and he looked like a pretty good coach in what he’d done in the short time at Houston to merit at least a shot, considering A&M’s inherent little brother status in the state. I know here in Tempe, Arizona State wanted him bad, and they apparently would have been right because he’s 10X the coach Todd Graham is.

  39. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 29, 2014 5:00 PM

    Reading a lot of stories about how classless the South Carolina fans were at A&M’s yell practice.

    A lot of Aggies said they had never seen such resistance at other road Yell Practices, even LSU and Austin weren’t half as bad.

    The police had to get involved. Embarrassing really.

  40. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 2, 2014 11:37 AM

    So I’m at the LSU v Wisconsin game wearing my aTm hat and this LSU fan (drunk off his ass btw) comes up to me and tells me he heard the Aggies were popping champagne bottles after the SC game like we won the NC….

    I’m like really? 1st off… This is a college game so I doubt there are champagne bottles in any team’s locker room. 2nd… if you actually watched the video instead of just spouting off nonsense, you’d see they were WATER bottles.

    Are most Aggies overreacting right now thinking we are going to the playoffs now…. Definitely! Is the media overreacting by predicting we’ll be the #2 seed…. Absolutely!

    But, yes, the Aggies celebrated a big win on the road against a top 10 team (And yes, both polls had SC in the top ten, so they were a top 10 team).

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