2013 Texas A&M Aggies football team

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2013 Texas A&M Aggies football
Texas A&M University aTm logo.svg
Chick-fil-A Bowl Champions
Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Duke, W 52–48
Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
Ranking
Coaches #18
AP #18
2013 record 9–4 (4–4 SEC)
Head coach Kevin Sumlin (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney (1st as OC, 2nd overall year)
Co-offensive coordinator Jake Spavital (1st year)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator Mark Snyder (2nd year)
Co-defensive coordinator Marcel Yates (2nd year)
Base defense Multiple 4–3
Home stadium Kyle Field
(Capacity: 82,589)
Seasons
« 2012 2014 »
2013 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#5 Missouri x   7 1         12 2  
#4 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
Georgia   5 3         8 5  
#24 Vanderbilt   4 4         9 4  
Florida   3 5         4 8  
Tennessee   2 6         5 7  
Kentucky   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
#2 Auburn xy   7 1         12 2  
#7 Alabama x   7 1         11 2  
#14 LSU   5 3         10 3  
#18 Texas A&M   4 4         9 4  
Mississippi State   3 5         7 6  
Ole Miss   3 5         8 5  
Arkansas   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Auburn 59, Missouri 42
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll[1]

The 2013 Texas A&M Aggies football team represented Texas A&M University in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They played their home games at Kyle Field.

Texas A&M played 8 games at Kyle Field during the 2013 season. The last time Texas A&M played 8 games at home was 1919 when the Aggies were awarded the National Championship after finishing the season undefeated and unscored upon.[2]

The 2013 season featured the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide playing at Kyle Field in what was CBS' first game from that venue since 1989.

Preseason[edit]

Predictions[edit]

Five editors from Athlon Sports[3] and Stewart Mandel of SI.com predicted Texas A&M to finish 10–2.[4] The SEC media projected A&M to finish second in the SEC West, behind Alabama.[5]

Recruiting class[edit]

In the 2013 recruiting class, Texas A&M signed 32 players (31 not counting TCU transfer A.J. Hilliard), 10 of which were included in the ESPN 300, with 5 of those in the ESPN 150. The class was ranked 8th in the nation by ESPN, 11th by Rivals, and 6th nationally by Scout.[6][7][8]

Schedule[edit]

Texas A&M's 2013 schedule was released by the Southeastern Conference and Texas A&M on October 18, 2012.[9]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 12:00 p.m. Rice* #7 Kyle FieldCollege Station, TX ESPN W 52–31   86,686
September 7 6:00 p.m. Sam Houston State* #7 Kyle Field • College Station, TX FSSW PPV W 65–28   86,800
September 14 2:30 p.m. #1 Alabama #6 Kyle Field • College Station, TX CBS L 42–49   87,596
September 21 6:00 p.m. SMU* #10 Kyle Field • College Station, TX ESPNU W 42–13   86,542
September 28 6:00 p.m. at Arkansas #10 Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR (Rivalry) ESPN2 W 45–33   72,613
October 12 7:30 p.m. at Ole Miss #9 Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS ESPN W 41–38   60,950
October 19 2:30 p.m. #24 Auburn #7 Kyle Field • College Station, TX CBS L 41–45   87,165
October 26 11:21 a.m. Vanderbilt #14 Kyle Field • College Station, TX SECTV W 56–24   86,584
November 2 8:00 p.m. UTEP* #12 Kyle Field • College Station, TX ESPN2 W 57–7   87,126
November 9 2:30 p.m. Mississippi State #11 Kyle Field • College Station, TX CBS W 51–41   88,504
November 23 2:30 p.m. at #18 LSU #9 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) CBS L 10–34   92,949
November 30 6:45 p.m. at #5 Missouri #19 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO ESPN L 21–28   67,124
December 31 7:00 p.m. vs. #22 Duke* #20 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (Chick-fil-A Bowl) ESPN W 52–48   67,496
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 7 7 6 10 10 9 9 7 14 12 11 10 9 19 22 20 18 
Coaches' 6 (1) 7 (1) 6 (1) 9 9 9 9 7 15 14 13 11 10 21 25 21 18 
Harris Not released 7 13 13 12 10 10 21 23 21 Not released 
BCS Not released 16 12 15 11 12 21 24 21 Not released


Game notes[edit]

Rice[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rice 14 7 0 10 31
#7 Texas A&M 7 21 10 14 52

Five defensive players suspended and Johnny Manziel suspended for the first half of this game.[10]

Sam Houston State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Sam Houston State 7 7 14 0 28
#7 Texas A&M 14 16 35 0 65
  • Date: September 7
  • Location: College Station, Texas
  • Game start: 6:06PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:24
  • Game attendance: 86,800
  • Game weather: 79 °F (26 °C), Cloudy, winds SE at 8mph
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV announcers (FSSW PPV): Bill Land, Shea Walker, & Kayce Smith
Sources:[11]

Sam Houston faced Texas A&M for the second consecutive year, facing the FBS powerhouse for the twelfth time. The Aggies had won all previous meetings.

The Aggies drew first blood in the first quarter, with A&M running back Tra Carson finishing a drive with a one-yard scoring run with 10:52 remaining in the period, which followed with the extra point brought the score to 7–0 Aggies.[12] The Bearkats struck back on their next possession, with running back Timothy Flanders scoring on an 11-yard run at the 7:51-minute marker, followed by the extra point tying the score 7–7. Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel connected with a 27-yard pass to wide receiver Sabian Holmes with less than three minutes in the quarter, putting A&M back on top 14–7.

The Aggies scored again in the second quarter at the 11:31 mark with a one-yard run by running back Ben Malena, however the extra point attempt by kicker Taylor Bertolet failed, with the new score 20–7 Aggies. A&M was again on the board at 4:23 with a 20-yard pass by Manziel to wide receiver Ja'Quay Williams, and with the extra point the new score was 27–7 Aggies. The Bearkats finally answered with a 33-yard pass by quarterback Brian Bell to Flanders, and kicker Luc Swimberghe's extra point brought the score to 27–14 Aggies.[12] The Aggies made the final score in the period with a 35-yard field goal by Bertolet in the closing seconds, with the Aggies leading at halftime 30–14.[13]

The Bearkats struck quickly in the third quarter, with Flanders making a 68-yard scoring running at the 14:04 mark, and the extra point reduced the Aggies lead to 30–21.[14] Not to be outdone, the Aggies made two consecutive scoring drives, culimating with a one-yard run by Carson at the 10:27-minute mark and a ten-yard pass by Manziel to running back Brandon Williams at the 6:27-mark, raising the Aggie's lead to 44–28. The Bearkats struck again a mere 14 seconds after the previous Aggies score with Bell connecting with Torrance Williams on a 75-yard pass, bringing the score to 44–28 Aggies.[13] After that Texas A&M kept the Bearkats from the endzone, and Manziel made a six-yard quarterback keeper at the 5:24-minute mark, Aggies linebacker Nate Askew intercepted Bell for a pick-six with 3:42 remaining in the quarter and backup Aggies quarterback connected with wide receiver Travis Labhart at the 1:14-minute mark, all together raising the lead to 65–28 Aggies.[13]

By the fourth quarter both teams had pulled their starters and the game was a defensive standoff, both teams keeping each other from scoring. The final score was 65–28 Aggies.[14]

Sam Houston quarterback Brian Bell completed six of 15 pass attempts for 137 yards with two interception, with fellow quarterback Don King III completing one pass for 13 yards. Sam Houston's rushing game was anchored by Timothy Flanders who ran 19 times for 170 yards including two running touchdowns, followed by Keshawn Hill who carried the ball three times for 42 yards, Richard Sincere who ran six times for 11 yards and Ryan Wilson who rushed five times for ten yards.

With the loss, Sam Houston is tied 1–1.[15] Texas A&M leads the all-times series 12–0.


Alabama[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Alabama 7 21 14 7 49
#6 Texas A&M 14 0 7 21 42
  • Location: College Station, Texas
  • Game start: 2:42 p.m. CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:35
  • Game attendance: 87,596
  • Game weather: 95°, Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Tom Ritter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

In the first conference game of the 2013 season, Alabama defeated the Texas A&M Aggies at College Station 49–42.[17][18] Texas A&M opened the game with a pair of touchdowns on their first two offensive possessions and took a 14–0 lead. After they received the opening kickoff, the Aggies scored on their first possession when Johnny Manziel threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Clear and on their second possession on a one-yard Ben Malena touchdown run.[18][19] Alabama responded with their first of five consecutive touchdowns on their next possession and cut the A&M lead to 14–7 when A. J. McCarron threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Norwood.[18][19]

After the Crimson Tide defense held the Aggies to a punt, McCarron threw his second touchdown pass of the afternoon on the drive that ensued early in the second quarter on a 44-yard flea flicker pass to DeAndrew White that tied the game 14–14.[20] On the next drive, Cyrus Jones intercepted a Manziel pass in the endzone for a touchback and Alabama possession. McCarron then threw his third touchdown pass on the game from 51-yards to Kenny Bell and gave the Crimson Tide their first lead of the game, 21–14.[18][19] Alabama then closed the first half with an 11 play, 93 yard drive capped with a four-yard T. J. Yeldon touchdown run for a 28–14 halftime lead.[18][19]

After the A&M defense forced a punt on the opening possession of the third quarter, Vinnie Sunseri intercepted the first Manziel pass of the second half and returned it 73-yards for a touchdown and extended the Alabama lead to 35–14.[21] The Aggies responded on the drive that followed with a 14-yard Manziel touchdown pass to Malcome Kennedy and was followed with a three-yard Kenyan Drake touchdown run that made the score 42–21 in favor of the Crimson Tide at the end of the third quarter.[18][19] In the fourth, the Aggies scored first on a 12-yard Kennedy touchdown reception, and Alabama looked like they were about to respond with a touchdown as well, but Yeldon fumbled at the two-yard line that was recovered by A&M.[18][19] Three plays later, Manziel threw a 95-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans that cut the Crimson Tide lead to 42–35.[18][19] Alabama rebounded on their next drive that was capped with a five-yard McCarron touchdown pass to Jalston Fowler that extended their lead to 49–35.[18][19] A four-yard touchdown pass from Manziel to Kennedy in the last 0:20 made the final score 49–42.[18][19]

The 628 yards of total offense by the A&M offense were the most ever surrendered by an Alabama defense in the history of the program.[18] For his career-high 334 yards on 20 of 29 passing and four touchdowns, McCarron was recognized as the SEC Offensive Player of the Week.[22] The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against the Aggies to 4–2.[23]

SMU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
SMU 3 3 0 7 13
#10 Texas A&M 14 18 10 0 42

This game was the 80th meeting of the SMU Mustangs and the Texas A&M Aggies. The most recent match-up was September 15, 2012, a game in which Texas A&M defeated SMU with a final score of 48–3. After this match-up, Texas A&M leads the series 44–29–7.


Arkansas[edit]

The Arkansas Razorbacks offense lines up for a play against the Aggie defense
1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Texas A&M 17 7 14 7 45
Arkansas 7 13 13 0 33


Ole Miss[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Texas A&M 14 0 7 20 41
Ole Miss 7 3 7 21 38


Auburn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Auburn 10 7 7 21 45
#7 Texas A&M 14 10 7 10 41
  • Location: College Station, Texas
  • Game start: 2:47 p.m. CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:46
  • Game attendance: 87,165
  • Game weather: 65°, Sunny
  • Referee: Penn Wagers
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

Auburn's defense came up with a huge final stand to upset 7th rank Texas A&M. With 1:19 left in the game Auburn held a 45–41 lead. A&M's QB Johnny Manziel completed two big pass plays to WR Mike Evans to get it down to Auburn's 18 yard line. DE Dee Ford would come up with an 8 yard sack then Manziel would throw an incompletion. On the next play Manziel tried to run but was tackled by LB Kris Frost. Then on 4th and long Auburn Dee Ford sacked Manziel once again ending the game. QB Nick Marshall passed for 236 yrds and 2 TD's and ran for 100 yrds and 2 TD's, he had one fumble. Tre Mason added 178 yrds rushing and 2 TD's. The defenses recorded 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks and 2 interceptions on the 3rd best offense in the nation. Ryan White who moved to safety that morning after Josh Hosley was injured recorded 5 tackles and an interception without knowing the proper alignments. Auburn's DE LaDarius Owens injured Johnny Manziel early in the 4th Quarter and he missed a series. Auburn would vault to No 11 in the first BCS Poll of the year.


Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 0 17 0 7 24
#14 Texas A&M 21 7 21 7 56


UTEP[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
UTEP 7 0 0 0 7
#12 Texas A&M 9 27 21 0 57

This was Texas A&M's 700th win in school history.

Mississippi State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mississippi State 7 7 6 21 41
#11 Texas A&M 16 7 14 14 51
  • Date: November 9
  • Location: College Station, Texas
  • Game start: 2:30 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:53
  • Game attendance: 88,504
  • Game weather: 62 °F (17 °C), Partly Cloudy, winds E 6mph
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tim Brando, Aaron Taylor, and Kristina Akra
Source:[24]


LSU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#9 Texas A&M 0 10 0 0 10
#18 LSU 7 14 10 3 34


Missouri[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Texas A&M 7 7 0 7 21
#5 Missouri 0 7 14 7 28


Duke (Chick-fil-A Bowl)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Duke 14 24 3 7 48
#20 Texas A&M 3 14 14 21 52


Notes[edit]

  • December 22, 2013 – Texas A&M linebacker Darian Claiborne was suspended after he was arrested on suspicion on drug possession.[25]

References[edit]

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