The Texas A&M Aggies kicked off the regular season at Kyle Field Thursday night against the Northwestern State Demons. While their FCS opponent came into the game confident, the Demons didn’t stand a chance in Jimbo Fisher‘s debut.
Led by junior running back Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M racked up an eye-popping 503 rushing yards as the routed the Demons 59-7. The Aggies started fast, and there was no slowing down the train in College Station.
The score was 52-0 before Northwestern State managed a 71-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter for their only score of the game.
The star of the night, though, was Trayveon Williams.
The Houston, Texas native started the night on fire — on the third play of the game, Williams broke free for a 73-yard touchdown run, and Texas A&M never looked back.
Williams finished the night with 240 rushing yards on 20 carries and added three touchdowns. It was the second-highest single game rushing total ever at Texas A&M, and the most in a season opener in school history.
Nine different Aggies carried the ball on Thursday night, as the team finished with 61 carries for 503 yards and five touchdowns.
Seven of those nine players averaged over 6.0 yards per carry as the SEC powerhouse rolled a defenseless Northwestern State side.
“It’s just a great opportunity, finally to be able to get back out here and play in front of Kyle field,” Williams said. “Just kicking off the season right, the Jimbo Era, it was a great opportunity to be the running back in this system, but coach, the offensive line, the quarterback, and tight ends, all those guys went out there and had a great opportunity and great game.”
Head coach Jimbo Fisher started his Texas A&M career with a bang and commended Williams’ performance after the game.
“I didn’t realize at the time that he had done it. I knew we were moving it well on the ground. It exemplifies what he did in the spring, and what he did in the fall. That’s the way he has approached everything. He’s been a pro and a leader for us, and has done a great job.”
The Aggies handled their business, but their first real test is knocking on their door.