Kellen Mond had 347 total yards with touchdowns passing and running to lead 16th-ranked Texas A&M to a 62-3 thumping of the Lamar Cardinals on Saturday night at Kyle Field before 97,195 in attendance.
Texas A&M, 2-1, coming off a 24-10 loss at top-ranked Clemson, put the game away with a three-touchdown third quarter for a 48-3 lead. The Aggies, who had some hiccups in taking a 27-0 halftime lead, started the third quarter slow with Mond throwing an interception.
Lamar, though, was unable to do anything with the turnover and A&M scored on its next three possessions. True freshman Isaiah Spiller had a 34-yard touchdown run, ending a three-play, 72-yard drive that took only 72 seconds.
Mond ended his night by taking A&M on a nine-play, 92-yard drive. Junior Jhamon Ausbon had a 10-yard touchdown reception to cap a possession that didn’t even have a third down.
A&M backup quarterback Zach Calzada on his first play threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jalen Wydermyer, a fellow true freshman to make it 48-3. Calzada later threw a 13-yard touchdown to true freshman Ainias Smith.
Mond had 317 yards passing, completing 20 of 28. He also rushed for 25 yards on four carries with a 12-yard touchdown run. Calzada was 4-of-8 passing for 68 yards.
Spiller had 116 yards on 14 carries and Jacob Kibodi added 45 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown as A&M had to replace starting running back Jashaun Corbin who was lost to a season-ending hamstring injury against Clemson.
Ausbon had four receptions for 109 yards. Kendrick Rogers had six catches for 83 yards and Smith added six for 66.
The Aggies rolled up 620 yards against the undermanned Cardinals, a Football Championship Subdivision team which competes in the Southland Conference. A&M won the previous meeting between the two 73-3 in 2014.
Lamar (2-1), which started 2-0 for the first time since 1985, got a 32-yard field goal by Bailey Giffen.
A&M, which didn’t punt until just under 10 minutes were left in the game, took a 27-0 halftime lead on a trio of touchdown runs and a pair of Seth Small field goals.
Mond rolled around right end for a 12-yard touchdown with 1:45 left to end the first-half scoring. Mond completed three straight passes to set up his touchdown run.
Small hit field goals of 21 and 31 yards to sandwich a 2-yard touchdown run by Kibodi for a 13-0 lead after a quarter.
Lamar got nothing out of a 10-play, 70-yard drive when Giffen’s low 22-yard field goal attempt was blocked by A&M’s Bobby Brown III and recovered by Debione Renfro.
A&M then went on a nine-play, 72-yard touchdown drive capped by a 1-yard run by Spiller who had seven carries on the possession for 50 yards with a the big play a 38-yarder to the Lamar 26.