Texas A&M did what it needed and then some on Thursday, routing Texas State 41-7 in the season opener for both teams.
Quarterback Kellen Mond was 19-of-27 passing for 194 yards, with three touchdowns and a single interception. Defensively, the Aggies intercepted the Bobcats’ starting quarterback Tyler Vitt twice, and Vitt exited the game in the second quarter.
Gresch Jensen fared a bit better, finishing the game for the Bobcats with 160 yards passing and the visiting team's only touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Still, it was Texas A&M's game, as the Aggie defense came up with four interceptions and held the Bobcats to just 8 net rushing yards. Myles Jones was responsible for two of the Aggies' interceptions.
Texas A&M's four interceptions were the most for the team in a game since tallying four against Texas in 2006.
Isaiah Spiller and Jashaun Corbin led Texas A&M in rushing, with 106 and 103 yards, respectively. While Corbin handled most of the load with 22 carries, Spiller–a freshman from Klein Collins High School in Houston–shined in his debut with an 85-yard carry late in the third quarter.
Spiller’s 85-yard breakaway run is the longest by a freshman in a Texas A&M debut, and the run helped make Spiller just the fourth freshman to rush for more than 100 yards in a debut in school history.
The Aggies travel to top-ranked Clemson next Saturday, while the Bobcats return to San Marcos to host Wyoming next Saturday