COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M did what it needed and then some on Thursday, routing Texas State 41-7 in the season opener for both teams.
Quarterback Kellen Mond was 19-of-27 passing for 194 yards, with three touchdowns and a single interception. Defensively, the Aggies intercepted the Bobcats’ starting quarterback Tyler Vitt twice, and Vitt exited the game in the second quarter.
Gresch Jensen fared a bit better, finishing the game for the Bobcats with 160 yards passing and the visiting team's only touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Still, it was Texas A&M's game, as the Aggie defense came up with four interceptions and held the Bobcats to just 8 net rushing yards. Myles Jones was responsible for two of the Aggies' interceptions.
Texas A&M's four interceptions were the most for the team in a game since tallying four against Texas in 2006.
Isaiah Spiller and Jashaun Corbin led Texas A&M in rushing, with 106 and 103 yards, respectively. While Corbin handled most of the load with 22 carries, Spiller – a freshman from Klein Collins High School in Houston – shined in his debut with an 85-yard carry late in the third quarter.
Spiller’s 85-yard breakaway run is the longest by a freshman in a Texas A&M debut, and the run helped make Spiller just the fourth freshman to rush for more than 100 yards in a debut in school history.
The Aggies travel to top-ranked Clemson next Saturday, while the Bobcats return to San Marcos to host Wyoming next Saturday.