Texas A&M postgame notes vs. Clemson
· Veteran linebackers Otaro Alaka and Tyrel Dodson led the way defensively for the Aggies with Alaka posting a team-high 10 tackles and Dodson chipping in seven stops. The two linebackers combined for 3.0 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and a QB hurry.
· Wide receivers Kendrick Rogers and Quartney Davis both grabbed their first career TD catches – Rogers on a 9-yard high-point grab and Davis on a 14-yard catch. Davis’ catch was also his first career catch. Rogers added a 24-yard TD reception with 46 seconds left in the fourth quarter to cut the margin to 28-26.
· Rogers tallied career-highs in receptions (7) and receiving yards (120). It marked his first career 100-yard game. He entered the game with 13 career catches for 132 yards.
· Sophomore WR Camron Buckley notched a career-high in receiving yards (93).
· Sophomore QB Kellen Mond racked up a career-high 430 passing yards. His previous best was 301 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette in 2017. He equaled a career-high with his three TD passes.
· Mond also had career-highs in completions (23) and attempts (40). Those previous highs were also vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, going 21-of-34.
· Junior P Braden Mann had a huge game with a 55.0 average on five boots, including boomers of 69 and 73 yards. His net average of 55.0 challenged Shane Lechler’s single game net punt average record of 57.2.
· Sophomore Roshauud Paul, from nearby Bremond, Texas, had a pair of solid punt returns as he seeks to replace one of top returners in NCAA history, Christian Kirk. Paul contributed punt returns of 14 yards and 11 yards for an average of 12.5. He also chipped in an 18-yard kickoff return.
· The No. 2-ranked Clemson Tigers marked the highest ranked non-conference team to ever play at Kyle Field. The previous highest ranked non-conference opponent at the Home of the 12th Man was No. 6 LSU in 1987.
GAME CAPTAINS, 12thMAN ---
· Texas A&M’s game captains for the Clemson game were senior DE Landis Durham, senior SAF Donovan Wilson, junior RB Trayveon Williams and junior C Erik McCoy.
· Senior RB Cullen Gillaspia was the Aggies’ 12th Man for the 28th straight game. Gillaspia enjoyed his first career rush on the first series with a 5-yard gain and later added a 21-yard catch and run. It was his second catch as an Aggie and a career long.
· Tonight’s attendance of 104,794 was the sixth-largest crowd in Kyle Field history.
Top Crowds in Kyle Field History
1. 110,633 vs. #3 Ole Miss (2014) Lost, 35-20
2. 106,248 vs. #9 Tennessee (2016) Won, 45-38 (2 OT)
3. 105,829 vs. LSU (2014) Lost, 23-17
4. 105,733 vs. #9 Alabama (2015) Lost, 41-23
5. 104,892 vs. Ole Miss (2016) Lost, 29-28
6. 104,794 vs. #2 Clemson (2018) Lost, 28-26
7. 104,756 vs. Missouri (2014) Lost, 34-27
8. 104,728 vs. Lamar (2014) Won, 73-3
9. 104,625 vs. Auburn (2015) Lost, 26-10
10. 104,455 vs. #21 Mississippi State (2015) Won, 30-17