In Jimbo Fisher's Texas A&M debut, Trayveon Williams stole the show.
The junior running back rushed for 240 yards, the second-most in A&M history, as the Aggies racked up a total of 758 yards to bury the Northwestern State Demons 59-7 Thursday night at Kyle Field.
"It exemplifies what he did in the spring," Fisher said. "He has been a pro and a leader for us and did a great job. But any successful rushing team needs multiple guys, and we were fortunate enough to get all four of our freshman backs in the game tonight."
Starting quarterback Kellen Mond passed for 184 yards a pair of touchdowns and rushed for another before being replaced by Nick Starkel in the third quarter. Started threw one touchdown.
Sophomore Jhamon Ausbon led A&M receivers with six catches for 81 yards.
The Aggies rushed for 503 yards in the game on 61 carries and scored 8 total touchdowns, five in the first half alone. Kwame Etwi ran for 83 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, while Vernon Jackson and Jashaun Corbin each went for 49 yards.
Williams' performance trails only Bob Smith, who ran for 297 yards against SMU in 1950, for most in a single game in A&M history.
"It is a big difference when you have a fullback leading the way in front of you," Williams said. "On that first score, there was some great downhill blocking by everyone, without them it would not have been a touchdown."
Williams scored the first touchdown of the game in the opening quarter. Aggies tight end Jace Steinberger caught two touchdowns, Williams ran for two touchdowns and Mond added another rushing score in the second quarter.
A&M scored two more times in the third quarter and Daniel LaCamera hit a 52-yard field goal to extend the lead, but the Demons ended the shutout with a 71-yard touchdown passerby in the fourth quarter.
"It is a feeling of accomplishment but we still have a lot of work to do," Mond said. "This next defense will be more complex, but we got another week to study and prepare. We are really looking forward to Clemson and the opportunity to keep improving."
Any frustration from the A&M side came on two kickoffs during the first half when, on two separate occasions, Otaro Alaka and Donovan Watson were ejected for targeting after a review.
"Physical football does not mean targeting," Fisher said. "Those are mistakes we just cannot have. Those guys have had great camps and we need them on the field. Toughness without intelligence is wasted toughness."
The Aggies welcome No. 2 Clemson to Kyle Field Saturday at 6 p.m. and host ULM on Sept. 15 in the final tune-up before SEC play begins.
"We did all of the things fundamentally that you tend to worry about in the first game of the season," Fisher said. "Overall, it was a good win and we did what we had to do, they're a tough team and they came to play. We just need to make sure we stay ready for Clemson next week."
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