Texas A&M began their final campaign as a member of the Big 12 with a 46-14 victory over SMU at Kyle Field. It was a convincing opener for the Aggies, led by Ryan Tannehill’s efficient 21-26, 246 game with 2 TD and 0 INT. The passing game was supplemented by the dynamic running duo Christine Michael (14-85, 2 TD) and Cyrus Gray (21-132, 2 TD). Ryan Swope led the way on the receiving end, making a handful of fingertip grabs and totaling109 yards and a TD on eight catches.
Things were more balanced in terms of yards than on the scoreboard, as A&M outgained SMU just 458-347. A&M dominated field position, however, and two quick interceptions of Kyle Padron before he was pulled in favor of J.J. McDermott allowed the Aggies to assert dominance early.
McDermott battled back admirably, throwing for 254 yards and avoiding turnovers, despite six sacks. He had help early from Zach Line, who carried 22 times for 128 yards. A&M’s defense didn’t crack in the second half, though, shutting out SMU and allowing the offense to stretch the score.