ABOUT THE WIN ---
· With the 26-23 win at South Carolina, Texas A&M improved to 5-2 overall this season and 3-1 in SEC play.
· The Maroon & White maintained possession of the Bonham Trophy, awarded to the winner of the cross-divisional matchup between the Aggies and Gamecocks each season. The Aggies have possessed the trophy since its inception in 2014.
· The win in Columbia marked the first true road SEC win for Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher
· Additionally, the victory was the first for Texas A&M as a member of the AP Top 25 since beating UTSA on Nov. 19, 2016.
· Sophomore QB Kellen Mond became the 17th Texas A&M passer to surpass the 3,000-yard mark in career passing yards. He completed 25-of-37 attempts for 353 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. It was Mond’s second 300-yard passing game and fifth 200-yard game of the season.
· Texas A&M had two receivers with 100-plus receiving yards for the first time in 2018. Both sophomore Quartney Davis (9 for 127) and junior Jace Sternberger (7 for 145) achieved career highs in catches and receiving yards against the Gamecocks. The last time the Aggies have two receivers with 100+ yards in a game was the 2017 Belk Bowl vs. Wake Forest when Christian Kirk had 13 for 189 and Jhamon Ausbon had 12 for 112.
· Texas A&M dominated time of possession on the day, possessing the ball for 41:29 of the possible 60 minutes against the Gamecocks. The Aggies ran 77 total plays on the day while South Carolina ran 53 plays from scrimmage. Today’s 41:29 time of possession was the highest of the season for the Aggies, besting the 41:09 possession in the season opener against Northwestern State.
· Freshman PK Seth Small booted four field goals (on five tries), including a 52-yarder that matched his career long. Small also had a 52-yard vs. Alabama. Also this season, senior Daniel LaCamera, who has missed the last five games with an injury, boomed a 52-yarder vs. Northwestern State.
· The A&M defense held South Carolina wot 2-for-9 on third downs, entering the game the Aggies were No. 1 in the SEC and No. 2 in FBS at 22.9% success rate in third down situations. The Aggies did not allow a third down conversion through the air against the Gamecocks (2-for-6).
· The four FGs by the Aggies set a season high for field goals in a game, the previous high was three vs. Alabama.
· The interception by junior CB Charles Oliver in the first quarter was the first of his career. The Aggies forced two turnovers on the day, while not giving the ball away for the second time this season (ULM).
· Junior P Braden Mann boomed the 12th punt of 60 or more yards with a 67-yarder in the first quarter. He is one 60-yard-plus punt off the NCAA record of 13 by Wake Forest’s Ryan Plackemeier in 2005. For the game, Mann averaged 52.2 yards on four punts and forced a fumble.
· Junior RB Trayveon Williams put the game away with a three-yard scoring run with 1:36 to play in the fourth quarter. Williams has recorded a rushing touchdown in all three games he has played against South Carolina
GAME CAPTAINS, 12thMAN ---
· Texas A&M’s game captains for the South Carolina game were senior DE Kingsley Keke, senior SAF Donovan Wilson, junior RB Trayveon Williams and junior C Erik McCoy. Texas A&M won the toss and deferred its choice to the second half.
· Senior RB Cullen Gillaspia was the Aggies’ 12th Man for the 33rd straight game.