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Texas A&M rebounds from weather delay to rout Lamar 73-3

Coach Kevin Sumlin said he was pleased that the lengthy pregame delay did not impact his team.

“We adjusted,” Sumlin said. “The fans gave us a lot of energy to start the game and we built on it. That wasn’t our best football. But I was glad we were at home after a weird set of circumstances to start the game.”

Holmes said: “We just had to refocus. Nothing’s ever perfect. We knew we couldn’t take these guys for granted. We had play hard and we did.”

Allen, who lost a close battle to Hill for the starting job during fall drills, completed 12-of-16 passes for 122 yards in his first collegiate action. Included were a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes and a second-quarter interception that stopped his initial drive.

“Kyle got better as the game went on,” Sumlin said. “They both deserve to play.”

A&M, which entered the contest as Texas’ top-ranked college team in The Associated Press poll, did plenty to validate its status on both sides of the ball. But the Aggies also stopped themselves with three turnovers, all in the first half.

Lamar did not capitalize on the miscues, however. Despite running 51 plays in the first half, the Cardinals’ only points came on Josh Davis’ 20-yard field goal that capped a 72-yard, first-quarter drive. Lamar finished the contest with 243 yards on 80 plays, an average of 3.0 per snap.

For A&M, it marked the first time the Aggies held an opponent without a touchdown since a 48-3 victory over SMU on Sept. 15, 2012. For a second consecutive week, A&M held its opponent to less than 100 rushing yards.

Among the A&M defensive highlights were two first-half sacks by defensive end Myles Garrett, a freshman signee from Arlington Martin. Garrett, a five-star signee, has posted as many sacks in his first two games (3) as A&M’s co-leaders in sacks recorded last season: linebacker Shaan Washington and defensive end Gavin Stansbury, who transferred to Houston during the summer.

“He’s what we need,” Sumlin said of Garrett. “He’s a defensive end that can generate his own pass rush. He’s already matched our best total from last year … and he’s probably missed three or four others. It’s a learning experience for him and he’s handling it well.”

By the end of Saturday night, the Aggies handled everything Lamar could throw at them despite a lengthy delay to get things started.

 

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