Here are some quick thoughts on Texas A&M’s 38-10 win against Rice.

What It Means: SEC teams capable of executing the read-option are going to present major issues for the Aggies, but the offense will be able to overcome it — at least some of the time. Reality just interrupted the magical start to the season. The final score does nothing to portray the feel of this game.

What I Liked: Texas A&M scored 38 points on just 16:43 of possession. The Aggies also fostered a running game (6.5 yards per carry). Kenny Hill threw four more touchdown passes and zero interceptions.

What I Didn’t Like: Rice only put 10 points on the board, but the Owls deflated the Aggies’ suddenly-lofty expectations for 2014. In truth, Rice dominated the majority of this game. The Owls compiled 481 yards of offense, didn’t turn the ball over and somehow only scored 10 points. But Aggies fans are going to wake up in the middle of the night bawling after dreaming about Auburn. The Tigers would’ve set all sorts of rushing records against A&M tonight.

Texas A&M lost three defensive lineman and Speedy Noil to injuries. Kyle Allen attempted two passes and threw an interception. And the grass at Kyle Field had more divots than a shoddy public golf course after a big charity tournament.

Who’s The Man: Myles Garrett. The true freshman nabbed two more sacks, bringing his season total to 5. For the record, Jadeveon Clowney holds the SEC freshman record with 8 sacks.

Key Plays: Hill found Josh Reynolds for a 50-yard touchdown late in the first half to give the Aggies a two-score lead. Rice hung in for a while longer, but the game no longer had an anxious edge.

What’s Next: Texas A&M travels to Southern Methodist, where June Jones abruptly resigned as head coach less than one month into the season. The Mustangs (0-2) have lost by a combined 88-6.