Texas A&M’s 52-10 opening season win vs. New Mexico was impressive nonetheless, and even though the Aggies did what they were supposed to do (beating a bad team by a large margin), the results were still notable.
New offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino’s exciting debut in the booth immediately paid dividends on the field as starting quarterback Conner Weigman threw for 236 yards on 18/2 passing for five touchdowns (a season opener record), which included a multitude of formations and pre-snap motion to throw off the Lobos play after play.
A part of the offense that has been missing under Fisher’s play calling in years past, Weigman consistently showed off his arm with the deep ball, as all five of his touchdowns went to the sophomore wide receiver duo of Noah Thomas (3) and Evan Stewart (2). While he needs to work on his touch, Weigman’s confidence in the pocket and quick release is something Petrino has to be excited about moving forward.
While the Aggie’s scheme looks to be much more quarterback-friendly, we only have one game under Petrino’s offensive guidance to go off of. Still, I do expect the up-tempo game plan to stick throughout the season to keep the offense in rhythm and further produce explosive plays in the passing game because no matter the matchup, Texas A&M’s elite wide receiver unit rivals any opposing defensive back group week to week.
Petrino’s brief and slightly humorous tantrum in the booth after wide receiver Moose Muhammad’s subbing mishap will get more media attention than it deserves, but if you want the actual perspective on how things went, look no further than Head Coach Jimbo Fisher’s take on his coaching debut:
“It was great. We were talking back and forth.”
“It was excellent. I had a lot of fun.”
Texas A&M will travel to Miami, Florida, to face the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday, Sept. 9, which will air on ABC at 2:30 p.m. CT.