COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M took care of business on Saturday, defeating Nevada 44-27 on Saturday at Kyle Field. The Aggies rolled up 535 offensive yards and controlled the game throughout. Here’s a rundown of the particulars:
What the win means for Texas A&M: The Aggies remain undefeated and put in a solid -- though not perfect -- performance heading into their SEC opener against Arkansas next week. The offense looked good for the most part and the defense, though it did yield more points than the Aggies prefer, made plenty of big plays and hit Nevada quarterback Tyler Stewart early and often. The Aggies look good but still have room for improvement in conference play.
What the loss means for Nevada: Nevada falls to 1-2, but the Wolfpack fought hard and put forth a respectable showing against a Top-25 team. Stewart showed some toughness and kept the Wolfpack in the game into the fourth quarter. Nevada ran the ball well (James Butler had 107 rushing yards and Don Jackson had 53 to go with a rushing and receiving touchdown) but it was an uphill battle on the road against a talented SEC team. After playing back-to-back Power 5 conference opponents (the Wolfpack lost to Arizona last week) Nevada has one more non-conference affair at Buffalo before entering Mountain West play in October. This team will be sufficiently tested going into its league schedule.
Player of the game: Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen accounted for five touchdowns -- four passing and one rushing -- throwing for 270 yards and rushing for 55. Much isn’t made about his mobility, but Allen can run the football as he showed numerous times, and his awareness in the pocket continues to improve. The throws he made to Josh Reynolds, Speedy Noil, Ricky Seals-Jones and Jeremy Tabuyo were all perfectly-located passes. Saturday’s game was the first that Allen played the entire first half without coming out for backup quarterback Kyler Murray, so it’s clear the coaching staff is confident in its sophomore signal-caller. Honorable mention to defensive end Myles Garrett, who had 3.5 sacks, including back-to-back sacks late in the game when Nevada was trying to make a late charge.
Unsung hero: Tra Carson. The Aggies’ running game was mediocre in 2014, and all offseason the coaching staff discussed the added emphasis that would have in the offense this season. Through three games it’s clear the Aggies are making good on that promise, and Carson rewarded that commitment with a 22-carry, 137-yard performance. Averaging 6.2 yards per carry is a good look and gives the Aggies’ offense the balance it needs to run optimally.