Texas A&M vs. New Mexico football

Texas A&M freshman receiver Roshauud Paul runs after a catch as New Mexico’s Gabe Ortega attempts a tackle in the second quarter. The Bremond product caught seven passes for 129 yards to lead the Aggies.

Eagle photo by Laura McKenzie

FIRST QUARTER

• Streak broken: Texas A&M scored two plays into the game and placekicker Daniel LaCamera missed the extra point, his first miss and the Aggies’ first in a school record 235 tries. The streak spanned three kickers — Josh Lambo, Taylor Bertolet and LaCamera — and was the longest in the FBS. The national record is 302 by Florida State from 2012 to 2016.

• One more step: On Christian Kirk’s 60-yard touchdown reception, he passed Leeland McElroy for fifth on the A&M career list for all-purpose yards. McElroy had 4,186 yards.

• Key stat: Nick Starkel threw for 162 yards.

SECOND QUARTER

• Three TDs for seniors: Running back Keith Ford scored on a 12-yard run, and wide receiver Damion Ratley had touchdown receptions of 1 and 36 yards. It was the second game in a row Ratley had two touchdown receptions. For Ford, it was his team-leading 10th touchdown.

• If not at first: New Mexico sophomore Elijah Lilly’s kickoff return of 93 yards was called back after a review showed his knee just touched the ground on a move at the New Mexico 39 when he was trying to avoid Travon Fuller. Three kickoffs later, Lilly covered 100 yards for a TD, giving the Lobos a kickoff return for a touchdown for an eighth straight season. The mark is second in the nation, behind Kansas State’s 13 straight seasons.

• Key stat: Starkel threw for 254 yards in the quarter to give him 416 for the half.

THIRD QUARTER

• Mond returns: With the score 48-7, freshman quarterback Kellen Mond, who had started the previous eight games, started the second half. He went 5 for 7 in the quarter, but the Aggies failed to score.

• Drives on the road: New Mexico had gone 46 drives on the road without scoring a touchdown until Daryl Chestnut went over from the 3 with 1:13 remaining in the quarter. New Mexico went 48 days, six hours and 49 minutes without scoring on the road.

• Key stat: A&M was held to one first down.

FOURTH QUARTER

• Local flavor: Freshman Roshauud Paul, who quarterbacked Bremond to three state Class 2A championships, had his best day as an Aggie, catching seven passes for 129 yards as Kirk’s backup at slot receiver.

• Fan favorite: Senior quarterback Jake Hubenak got one of the loudest cheers of the night when he entered the game with 5:46 remaining. The crowd, or what was left of it, started chanting his name in unison during the break before he took the field. Hubenak has been slowed by an injury in his senior season after playing in 13 career games as a backup.

• Key stat: A&M became bowl eligible.

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