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Texas A&M notes, numbers going into game with No. 13 Kentucky Saturday night

MILESTONES TO WATCH:

  • RB Trayveon Williams is within range of multiple Texas A&M legends on the Aggies’ all-time career rushing list. With 2,437 career yards, the junior needs six yards to pass Leeland McElroy (2,442, 1993-95), 35 yards to pass Roger Vick (2,471, 1983-86) and 151 to surpass Johnny Hector (2,587, 1979-82.    
  • Just 30 games into his career, when Williams passes McElroy the only remaining threeyear player ahead of him will be Greg Hill, who gained 3,262 from 1991-93 before turning pro. 
  • Just 16 games into his career, QB Kellen Mond needs 404 passing yards to become the 17th player in school history to reach 3,000 career passing yards. 
  • With his next receiving TD, first-year TE Jace Sternberger will match the Texas A&M record for touchdowns by a tight end (5 by Rod Bernstine, 1986 and Jamie McCoy, 2008).

 

QUICK HITS:

  • Texas A&M’s defense ranks fourth nationally in third-down conversions, holding opposing teams to just 24.6%.  
  • The Aggie defense is holding opposing offenses to 85.0 rushing yards per game, which is the best in the SEC and sixth in FBS. 
  • Texas A&M has dominated possession in the first five games averaging 35:52 per game. The tally ranks first in the SEC and is tops among Power 5 schools.
  • The Maroon & White average 511.8 yards of offense per game, which ranks 13th nationally. 
  • Texas A&M has accumulated 143 first downs, the most in the SEC and fourth in FBS. 

LIMITING OPPONENT CHANCES:

  • Through five games, including two vs. AP top 5 teams, the Texas A&M defense has faced an average of just 55.6 plays per game, which is easily the lowest in the SEC.   
  • Among teams that have played five games, only Army (252) and Charlotte (275) have faced fewer opponent plays than the Aggies (278). 
  • Additionally, Texas A&M has limited opponents to just a 24.6 percent success rate in third down situations and has allowed only 14 third down conversions in five games (2.8 per game).
  • Texas A&M has allowed 77 first downs through five games (15.4 per game), which is tied for fewest in the SEC (with Georgia). 
  • The 55.6 plays faced per game in 2018 is an enormous turnaround from last season when the Aggies faced an average of 72.5 plays per contest. Through five games in 2017, the Aggies were facing an average of 79.0 plays per game.
  • “On Pace Guy” notes a 55.6 average for a 13-game season in 2018 would mean the Aggies would face 219 fewer plays than in 2017 (or basically the equivalent of three 73-play games).

THROWBACK UNIFORMS:

  • On Saturday, the Aggies will don the “’98 Aggies” Primeknight A1 throwback uniform to celebrate the 20th anniversary of an outstanding 11-3 season and the team’s double-OT victory over Kansas State in the Big 12 Championship game.   
  • Inspired by the team’s story of perseverance, Texas A&M’s throwback uniform pays homage to the storied final games of the season.
  • Going into the 1998 Big 12 Championship game, A&M was coming off a bitter loss to the Longhorns and the newly No. 10 ranked Aggies were set to face the No. 1 Kansas State. Down 27-12 in the third quarter, A&M bounced back to secure two huge touchdowns in the fourth quarter, tying the game 27-27. After two consecutive overtimes, the underdog Aggies pulled ahead to secure a 36-33 win and a bid to the ’99 Sugar Bowl.
  • More than 60 members of the 1998 Aggies will be in Aggieland this weekend for the 20-year anniversary and reunion of the 1998 Big 12 Championship team.
  • Texas A&M was granted permission by the Southeastern Conference to use a throwback conference pennant logo on the jersey and helmet. Similarily, Texas A&M was granted permission by the College Football Playoff to use/wear the old Bowl Championship Series logo.
  • With retro detailing the “’98 Aggies” uniform pays homage to the vintage mesh jerseys worn in the 90’s.
  • The throwback alternate uniforms are based on the iconic Texas A&M uniform style utilized from the mid-1980s until the early 2000s.
  • The jersey features a larger “TEXAS A&M” across the chest.
  • One of the most notable features of the uniform is the use of the “southwestern print” collar on the jersey worn by the Aggies from 1996 until the early 2000s.
  • The helmet features the return of the white facemask, as well as the metallic maroon paint that was used until 2012.
  • The helmet will also feature a memorial decal honoring a member of the 1998 team, Taylor Whitley, who passed away suddenly in August of this year.

1 comment

  1. I think that it is interesting to note the Pass Completion % for the starting QB’s for this game and where they rank nationally.

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