Rice vs. Texas A&M: Game Grades, Analysis for the Aggies

Sean FryeFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2014

Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill (7) throws a pass against Rice during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
David J. Phillip/Associated Press

The Rice Owls may have exposed more issues than the Texas A&M Aggies would've liked them to, particularly a suspect run defense. But ultimately, Kenny Hill and Co. took care of the Owls without too much trouble with a solid 38-10 win to move to 3-0 on the season. 

A boxscore of the game can be found at NCAA.com

With that, let's check out the game grades for Texas A&M's positional units. 

Texas A&M Game Grades
Positional UnitFirst HalfFinal Grade
Pass OffenseAA
Run OffenseBB+
Pass DefenseBB+
Run DefenseDD-
Special TeamsAA
CoachingBB+
B/R game grades

 

Texas A&M Game Grade Analysis

Pass Offense: Kenny Hill was up to what is now his usual tricks against Rice, passing for exactly 300 yards and four touchdowns on 20-of-31 passing. Hill also became the first player in school history to pass for over 1,000 yards over the first three games of the season. Kyle Allen threw the pick at the end of the game, but it's unfair to judge the Aggies' passing attack based on anything Allen does since it'll be Hill under center when push comes to shove. 

 

Rush Offense: One-hundred and sixty-eight yards on the ground for a team that is pass first, pass second then run is quite respectable. The Aggies were able to break off a few big plays on the ground, including a near-touchdown run by Hill in the third quarter. Tra Carson and Brandon Williams both showed flashes as well, and it looks like the Aggies will be able, at least to some degree, to rely on the run to take pressure off of Hill. 

 

Pass Defense: Believe it or not, the Aggies were going up against a very capable quarterback in Driphus Jackson. But the Aggies limited him to 212 yards and one touchdown on a blown coverage on 32 passing attempts. There's no doubt that the secondary for the Aggies is the pride of its defense. 

 

Rush Defense: No doubt this unit's performance was hindered by the injury to Alonzo Williams on the game's first drive. But Rice actually controlled the pace of this game for much of the first half because of its rushing attack. The Owls out gained the Aggies on the ground 240-168. When Texas A&M goes up against SEC competition that can actually finish drives, this rush defense could be a huge weakness. 

 

Special Teams: Josh Lambo blasted a 47-yard field goal down the middle of the uprights and punter Drew Kaser averaged 43 yards on four punts. Not much to say really about this unit, because everything went right. 

 

Coaching: There wasn't any noticeable coaching mistakes besides maybe at the end of the first half when the "hold them back" coach didn't hold back the Aggies on the sideline after a blocked field goal, which resulted in a touchdown being taken off the board. Even that's hard to peg on the coaching staff. Rice wasn't a hard team to beat, but the Aggies left no doubt in the end. 

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