August 29, 2014 Louisville, Ky. (Analyzed Sports)
Kenny Hill & Aggies set tone for season
The SEC opened up the 2014-2015 college football season on the SEC Network with the #9 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks and the #21 ranked Texas A&M Aggies. The fans of South Carolina packed Williams-Brice Stadium in what many thought would be an easy opening win for their Gamecocks. Texas A&M, led by first year starting quarterback Kenny Hill had different plans. Kenny Hill and this Texas A&M Aggies team is for real. Many experts lowered the expectations of this team after the loss of their prolific passer Johnny Manziel to the NFL draft this past spring. Kenny Hill proved there can be life without Johnny Football.
Texas A&M’s quarterback Kenny Hill threw for 511 yards and 3 touchdown passes to help upset the South Carolina Gamecock’s 52-28 in front of a packed house in Columbia, South Carolina. The 511 yards is a record for most in a game by a Texas A&M quarterback, surpassing the previous record of 464 yards set by the great Johnny Manziel. During the opening drive of the record-setting night, the red-shirt sophomore Hill showed poise by calmly marching his team down the field on a 9 play 67 yards drive in 3:33. The scoreboard read 7-0. By halftime Hill was putting up numbers reminiscent of the 2013 Heisman winner Jameis Winston’s college debut. Hill was 21 of 26 for 242 yards with 2 touchdowns. His team led 31-14 at the half, as the fans of South Carolina looked on in disbelief.
South Carolina gained some momentum and showed some fight during the 3rd Quarter, but the interception thrown by South Carolina’s QB Dylan Thompson shifted the momentum back into the Aggies favor. When the clock read zero South Carolina’s 18 game home winning streak had come to an end, and the final score showed a beat down of 52-28, and it wasn’t even that close.
Kenny Hill’s father reacted to the performance he seen from his son: “It’s Awesome, It’s been fun. He’s going out there doing his deal. Kept with the game plan, didn’t turn the ball over, and that’s the biggest key”
Malcome Kennedy wide receiver for the Aggies finished with 137 yards on 14 receptions, was asked what he thought the key to the game was: ” Really the key for me and the offense was Kenny Hill. He did great. He came out and did some things I bet a lot of people didn’t expect him to do. He was poised. He threw nice balls all day”
Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin felt the team still had some things they could improve on. “If we can continue to get better who knows what we can do” said Coach Sumlin. Kenny Hill and the Aggies set the tone for the season against the Gamecocks for what could be a magical run. If they continue to improve and get better during the season, then many will see this team at the end in the 4-team College Football Playoffs. Next up for the Aggies is a home game vs Lamar on 09-06-2014. Here are the highlights from the game if you missed it.
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