Rapid Reaction: Texas A&M romps over Prairie View
The Aggies enjoyed their cupcake Saturday, devouring SWAC foe Prairie View 52-3 on Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day at Kyle Field.
The No. 16 Aggies improved to 8-3 and put the game away early sending the Panthers to 7-3 for the season.
Texas A&M returned to the win column after falling last Saturday to Ole Miss (29-19), while the Panthers lost for the 2nd consecutive game, both setbacks coming on the road.
The Aggies jumped to a 21-0 lead after one quarter and never looked back. In the Jimbo Fisher era, the Aggies are 24-0 when leading after the 1st quarter, 28-2 with the lead at halftime, and now 26-4 when scoring first.
There was little trouble in scoring first and often. The Aggies scored on all 5 first-half possessions to take a 38-0 lead at halftime. They scored offensively and defensively over the first 15 minutes. Isaiah Spiller reached the end zone initially, on an 11-yard run, and Devon Achane added a 1-yard run, his first of 2 first-half TD runs.
The defense then took its turn. Antonio Johnson recorded a hard-hitting strip-sack and Aaron Hansford scooped and scored from 17 yards out.
The lead was extended to 24-0 in historic fashion. Seth Small booted a 27-yard field goal and in doing so surpassed Randy Bullock as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 368 points. It was his 70th career field goal, extending his all-time school-record.
Zach Calzada added a first-half touchdown pass, throwing 33 yards to Moose Muhammad III, then continued the onslaught in the second half dropping a perfect 30-yard touchdown pass in the hands of Muhammad in the back of the end zone and the Aggies led 45-0 in the opening minutes of the third quarter. Calzada was rested after that, he completed 10 of 14 passes for 150 yards.
Prairie View got on the board with 5:46 left in the that period on a 25-yard field goal from Luis Reyes.
Fisher went to his backups but even that didn’t stop the Aggies from reaching the end zone. Freshman Amari Daniels scored his first career touchdown, an 8-yard run that lifted the lead to 52-3 early in the 4th quarter. The Aggies scored on their first 7 possessions in their tune-up for next week’s regular-season finale at LSU.