College Station, TEXAS — As “Happy Meal” games go, this one worked out quite well for Texas A&M. The Aggies (1-0) took care of Texas State (0-1) rather easily, 41-7, as the Aggies pitched a shutout until the final seconds of the game when the Bobcats scored a garbage touchdown.
The game marked Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher’s second season opener as Texas A&M head coach and a prelude to the Aggies’ highly-anticipated matchup with Clemson next weekend. The contest also marked the debut of new Texas State head coach Jake Spavital, a former Aggies assistant coach during the Kevin Sumlin era. While Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond threw two touchdown passes and rushed for another, the Aggie defense forced the Bobcats into four interceptions, two by each quarterback. Mond threw for 194 yards, while Quartney Davis had 85 yards receiving and a touchdown, while Jhamon Ausbon caught Mond’s other touchdown reception. Running back Jashaun Corbin rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns — one on the ground and one through the air. He was one of two Aggie running backs that rushed for at least 100 yards. The Texas A&M defense held the Bobcats to 8 yards rushing, while Myles Jones had two interceptions. Leon O’Neal Jr. Roney Elam each had one interception for the Aggies. Texas A&M set a national record for student attendance at Kyle Field, drawing 36,567 students to the game.
— Matthew Postins