NCAA Football: Texas A&M at South Carolina

Kenny Hill breaks Texas A&M passing record as team routs South Carolina

Who needs Johnny Football?

It didn’t take long for the first stunner of the college football season. On opening night in Columbia, the No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks were taken to task by No. 21 Texas A&, 52-28, in the Aggies’ first game of the post-Johnny Manziel era.

Fittingly, the star of the contest was Manziel’s replacement, Kenny Hill. The sophomore signal caller, and son of a former major league pitcher, completed 44 of 60 passes for 511 yards—breaking the 2012 Heisman winner’s single-game record.

Two of his three touchdown tosses came in the second quarter as Kevin Sumlin’s club opened up a 31-14 lead at halftime and made top draft pick Jadeveon Clowney’s absence painfully apparent.

Gamecocks’ head coach Steve Spurrier was probably wishing there were preseason games in college football, as his team—widely predicted to compete for the Southeastern Conference title—couldn’t recover from that large early deficit.

A&M not only pulled off the upset, but also snapped South Carolina’s 18-game home winning streak—the longest active run in the nation heading into Thursday night.

Brian Wright

About Brian Wright

With over a decade's worth of sports journalism experience, MLB Lead Writer Brian Wright has been featured on Bleacher Report, SB Nation, as well as the Washington Examiner. He is currently the host of his own sports history podcast, 'Profiles in Sports'. While attending Virginia Tech, Brian covered Frank Beamer's Hokie football teams (among other sports) for the school's daily campus newspaper. Nothing would please him more than a World Series title for his beloved New York Mets.