Lamar-Texas A&M Preview Capsule

 

The Associated Press

Lamar (1-0) at No. 9 Texas A&M (1-0), 6:30 p.m. (SEC Network)

Line: No line.

Series Record: First meeting.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Aggies must guard against a letdown after their big win on the road at South Carolina last week. It will be their first game in the newly-renovated Kyle Field.

KEY MATCHUP

Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill against Lamar's secondary. Hill made a splash in his first game since taking over the starting job for 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, throwing for a school-record 511 yards against the Gamecocks. Now he'll face a team that has led the Southland Conference in pass defense the past two seasons but will likely be overmatched in its first game against an SEC team since 1974.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Lamar: WR Reggie Begelton set a single-season school record and led the Southland with 82 receptions last season. He's already off to a good start this year and had 12 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown in Lamar's 42-27 win over Grambling.

Texas A&M: WR Malcome Kennedy. Kennedy emerged as Hill's favorite target in his first start and the senior had 14 catches for 137 yards. Kennedy was second on the team last season with 60 catches for 658 yards and the Aggies will look for him to step up this season after leading receiver Mike Evans left early for the NFL draft.

FACTS & FIGURES

The renovations to Kyle Field have increased the capacity from 82,600 to 102,512. ... Hill was named the SEC co-offensive player of the week. ... This is Lamar's third game against an SEC team. The Cardinals lost to Mississippi State in the first two meetings. ... The Aggies finished with 680 yards of total offense against South Carolina, which was the most ever allowed by the Gamecocks. ... Texas A&M running back Tra Carson had just 30 yards rushing last week, but scored three touchdowns.

Read more College Football stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category