COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M exploded for 35 second-quarter points to take a commanding 49-7 lead over South Carolina State at Kyle Field. Let's take a look at the notables from the first half:
Stat of the half: The Aggies rolled up 347 offensive yards in the first half. The box score shows balance (174 passing yards, 173 rushing yards), but it's a bit deceiving because, 78 of those rushing yards belong to Johnny Manziel and 50 of them came on a late second-quarter touchdown run by Ben Malena. The passing game has spurred the offense along, with seven players catching passes.
Player of the half: Probably have to hand it to Manziel. He made two impressive touchdown runs, including a 39-yarder, and has been efficient and mistake-free passing (15-of-20, 174 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions).
What’s working for the Aggies: Right now, just about everything. The passing game is clicking, the big Malena touchdown gave the running game a boost and the defense has been stout with the exception of one drive. Also, special teams have been solid, led by Dustin Harris, who has returned five punts for 110 yards (a 22-yard average).
What’s not working for the Aggies: Early on, the running game was ineffective (outside of Manziel). Trey Williams had just 9 yards on three carries, and prior to his 50-yard touchdown run, Malena had 38 yards on 10 carries. The offense punted three times within the first 15:52, so it took a while to get on track, but it appears those woes have subsided. It is worth noting that senior running back Christine Michael hasn't seen the field yet, though he is suited up and on the sideline.
What Texas A&M needs to do to win: Just take care of the ball. This game is pretty much out of reach for the Bulldogs, so all A&M has to do is not turn the football over.