Texas A&M officially puts 2022 in the rear view mirror; defeating New Mexico 52-10 to open the 2023 season

Texas A&M (1-0) opens the season with a convincing 52-10 win over the New Mexico Lobos at Kyle Field.

The Aggie offense was on fire all night, with Conner Weigman taking shots downfield early and often to the tune of 236 yards and five touchdowns. Evan Stewart and Noah Thomas made a strong case as a top wide receiver duo to keep an eye on going forward, combining 14 catches, 189 receiving yards, and five touchdowns.

However, as well as the start was for the offense, the defense needed a quarter and a half to really wake up. New Mexico had a plan, and they put it to work in the first quarter by chipping away at the Aggie defense using most of the clock, possessing the ball for over six minutes on the first drive. The defense was able to finally able to get the Lobos off the field scoreless at the 8:10 mark.

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Then, with a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter with New Mexico pinned inside their own 15-yard line, the defense negates a tackle for loss with a facemask penalty. That led to a six-play 88-yard touchdown drive, giving the Lobo’s life and a collective groan from the crowd at Kyle Field.

I don’t know what was said to the Aggie defense, but they buckled down on New Mexico’s offense, holding them to a single yard over their final three drives of the first half. Bobby Petrino didn’t miss the opportunity to feed his studs, taking a 35-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Conner Wiegman would end his night in the second quarter after orchestrating a seven-play scoring drive capped off by an eight-yard touchdown pass to Evan Stewart, putting the Aggies up 42-10. The team depth was also on display tonight as the “second” team on both sides of the ball could rival any starting 22 in the SEC.

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Jimbo Fisher had a great quote at one press conference that can be summed up as “Put up or shut up.” The Aggie football team brought their lunch pail to work today as they dominated the New Mexico Lobos for most of the game, as they should have. Miami will be a great early test to see where they stand against a more traditionally difficult opponent on September 9th in Florida.

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