Monday, November 9, 2015

Game #10: Texas A&M

In game ten of the 2015 season, the Catamounts return to the road, this time traveling to College Station, Texas and the “Home of the 12th Man” -Texas A&M's Kyle Field.

This is the first meeting between the Aggies of Texan A&M and the Catamounts on the gridiron.

The Aggies are 6-3 overall on the season, and 4-2 at home this year, and are coming off a loss to the Auburn Tigers.

Texas A&M            

: Saturday, November 14  at 7:00 pm ET
WhereKyle Field (106,511), College Station, TX
Radio: Catamount Sports Network
TV / video: ESPNU

Head Coach:  Kevin Sumlin
Taking over the reins of the Texas A&M program on Dec. 10, 2011, Sumlin is in his 4th season in College Station. He has guided the Aggies to 28 victories in his first three seasons. Sumlin’s first three seasons have also included three road victories over teams ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press. The Aggies finished last season with an 8-5 record, including wins over No. 3 Auburn and No. 9 South Carolina.

Last Year's Record: 8-5 overall (home 3-3, road 3-2), 3-5 SEC

Offensive starters - Returning/Lost: 7 / 4
-The Aggies lost left tackle Cedric Ogburhi, left guard Jarvis Harrison, tight end Cameron Clear, and wide receiver Malcome Kennedy to graduation.

Defensive starters - Returning/Lost: 6  / 5
-On defense, the Aggies lost the following starters - defensive tackle Ivan Robinson, linebacker Donnie Baggs, cornerback Deshazor Everett, safety Howard Matthews, and safety Floyd Raven to graduation

Specialist - Returning/Lost: 5 / 2
- The Aggies lost place kicker Josh Lambo, and snapper Alex Freeman to graduation.

Offensive Formation: Multiple

Defensive Formation: Multiple 4-3

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin made the defense a top priority in the off season, as he hired John Chavis away from LSU (at a cost of $1.7 million per season), and the veteran defensive coordinator is tasked with fixing a defense that allowed 36.6 points per game in SEC contests last season. The Aggies are counting on Chavis to rebuild a unit that ranked 102nd in the nation and last in the SEC in total defense in 2014. The Aggies have a high-scoring offense loaded with big-play threats.

2015 Aggie Statistics (YTD - 9 games):
Rushing Offense: 1517 yards
Yards per game: 169
Yards per rush: 4.4 yards
TDs rushing: 11
Passing Offense: 2240 yards or 249 yards per game
Passing Comp-Att-Int: 184-322-11
Total Offense: 3757 yards or 417 yards per game
Passing 1st downs: 97
Rushing 1st downs: 82
Fumbles-Lost: 13 - 5
Penalties-Yards: 39 - 429 yards
3d Down Conversions: 62 of 140
4th Down Conversions:  4 of 12
Red-Zone Scores: 32 of 40 (80%)
Red-Zone Touchdowns: 23 of 40 (57%)
Punts : 43
Avg. per punt: 48 yds
Sacks: 26
PAT-Attempts: 31 of 31 - 100%
Field Goals-Attempts: 14 of 19

Who has the Aggies played prior to the WCU game?

The Aggies are 6-3 overall on the season

Texas A&M opened the season with five straight wins, knocking off  #16 Arizona State by a score of 38-17. Ball State then visited College Station and was soundly beaten 56-23, followed by Nevada, who fell 44-27 to the Aggies. For their first SEC game, the Aggies traveled to Arkansas, winning in overtime 28-21.

In game five, the Aggies were back in College Station to meet #21 Mississippi State, and won 30-17, The next week #9 Alabama came calling to College Station, leaving with a 41-23 victory. The Aggies traveled to meet #23 Ole Miss the following week, and left Oxford with a  23-3 loss.  Next up, South Carolina visited College station, giving the Aggies their sixth win of the season, 35-28. The Auburn Tigers then game to town and handed the Aggies their third loss, 26-10,

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