Here’s what you need to know about No. 7 Texas A&M’s 38-10 win over Rice Saturday night in College Station: The most interesting aspects of this game were a playing surface ripped to shreds after a torrential rain on Friday…
— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) September 14, 2014
… and a wild end-of-half sequence that saw scores for both teams wiped off the board due to penalties in the final four seconds of the second quarter. Rice kicked a field goal to bring the score to 21-10 at the half taken off the board due to an illegal substitution call against Texas A&M. The ensuing kick was blocked; Armani Watts picked up the loose ball and ran it back for an apparent touchdown before the Aggies were then hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct call for having players stand too close to the field.
Beyond that, it was a game where Rice somehow outgained the Aggies but somehow never truly felt in the game. The Owls had almost perfect balance, completing 24-of-36 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions, and ran the ball 55 times for 240 yards for a respectable 4.4 yards per carry.
Seriously, how do you outgain your opponent (481-477), achieve more first downs (28-23), decidedly win third down (10-of-20 vs. 3-of-8), win the turnover battle (1-0), dominate time of possession (43:17 vs. 16:43), and lose 38-10? How does that happen?
Well, one team has Kenny Hill, Speedy Noil, Ricky Seals-Jones, Myles Garrett, and company, and it’s the opponent. Hill completed a workmanlike – you could call it a trill – day at the office with 300 passing yards, four touchdowns and 38 rushing yards while barely breaking a sweat. Noil caught three passes for 71 yards, Seals-Jones hauled in five passes for 42 yards and a touchdown, and Josh Reynolds nabbed two scoring passes for 68 yards.
Texas A&M travels next week to Dallas to face a downtrodden SMU bunch in a game that will not be suitable for children, while Rice opens Conference USA play against league newcomer Old Dominion.