DALLAS (FWAA) – The Texas A&M Aggies rolled to a 52-28 win at then-No. 9 South Carolina to earn the season’s first Football Writers Association of America National Team of the Week honor.
Sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill had a record-setting debut at the helm of the Texas A&M offense. In his first career start, Hill broke Johnny Manziel’s school record with 511 passing yards to go with three touchdown passes.
Texas A&M (1-0) snapped South Carolina’s 18-game home winning streak, which was the nation’s longest, and won its first conference opener since 2007 and first as an SEC member. Hill torched South Carolina early as A&M bolted to a 31-14 lead at the half. Hill finished with the most passing yards allowed in Steve Spurrier’s 10 seasons as the head coach of Gamecocks. Tra Carson ran for three touchdowns, and Malcome Kennedy had 14 catches for 137 yards as the Aggies racked up 680 total yards.
“That (A&M) team was so much better than us, it wasn’t funny,” Spurrier said after the game.
Other FWAA National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend of Aug. 30 included:
• Temple (1-0): The Owls defense stole the show, coming up with seven
takeaways to pull away from Vanderbilt, 37-7, and record their first win over an SEC team since 1938. Temple picked off three passes, matching its season total from last year, and did not allow a touchdown.
• UTSA (1-0): The Roadrunners broke out to a 27-0 lead and ruined the debut of Houston’s TDECU Stadium with a decisive 27-7 win. UTSA forced a school-record six turnovers in front of the standing-room-only crowd, and held Houston to 208 total yards.
The Football Writers Association of America has named a national team of the week since the 2002 season. Members of the FWAA All-America Committee decide the weekly honor. Each remaining Monday during the 2014 college football regular season, the FWAA will name a National Team of the Week.