Louisiana-Monroe at Texas A&M

A&M holds on for 21-16 win over Louisiana-Monroe

By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Freshman Kyle Allen threw for 106 yards and a touchdown in his first career start and Texas A&M held on for a 21-16 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.

Allen, who had two turnovers, started in place of Kenny Hill, who was suspended for two games for violating team rules and athletic department polices. The suspension was announced about an hour before the game.

The Aggies (6-3) led 21-10 at halftime but couldn't get anything going offensively in the second half. The Warhawks scored the only points of the second half on a pair of field goals.

Texas A&M bounced back from an embarrassing 59-0 loss to Alabama and snapped a three-game skid with the victory. The win also makes the Aggies bowl-eligible for a school-record sixth straight year.

Pete Thomas threw for 246 yards and Justin Manton made three field goals for Louisiana-Monroe (4-4).

Texas A&M freshman Myles Garrett led the defense on Saturday with 3 1/2 sacks to give him 11 this season and break Jadeveon Clowney's SEC freshman sack record of eight set in 2011 at South Carolina.

Freshman Speedy Noil made a highlight-reel play when he knocked a pass out of the hands of a defender who had deflected it and grabbed the ball in the end zone for a 39-yard touchdown reception about a minute before halftime to give A&M a 21-7 lead.

A 51-yard field goal by the Warhawks' Justin Manton cut the lead to 21-10 at halftime.

A 23-yard field goal by Manton cut the lead to 21-13 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Allen was sacked by Cody Robinson on the next offensive play and he fumbled. The ball was recovered by Hunter Kissinger to give Louisiana-Monroe the ball at the Texas A&M 38.

They converted a fourth-and-2 to get down to the 6-yard line, but their offense stalled after that and they settled for a 22-yard field goal, Manton's third of the game, to make it 21-16.

Allen was one of the top quarterback recruits in the country after throwing for more than 8,000 yards and 86 touchdowns in his career at Desert Mountain high school in Scottsdale, Arizona.

But Hill beat out Allen in fall camp and got off to a great start, throwing for a school-record 511 yards in the season opener and helping the Aggies to a 5-0 start. The sophomore's 2,649 yards passing lead the Southeastern Conference and are sixth in the nation, but he had seven turnovers in his last three games combined and Texas A&M fell out of The Associated Press Top 25.

Hill started the first eight games for the Aggies, but coaches split first-team snaps between Hill and Allen in practice and said the starting job was wide open this week before the suspension was announced.

Texas A&M took the lead when Brandon Williams flipped into the end zone on a 1-yard run on the opening drive to make it 7-0.

Louisiana-Monroe evened the score when Centarius Donald scored from 1-yard out early in the second quarter. That play was set up by a bit of trickery when Thomas shoveled the ball to receiver Kenzee Jackson, who threw an 8-yard pass to the quarterback.

The Aggies went back on top when Tra Carson got caught in some traffic, changed direction and slipped away from three defenders on a 5-yard touchdown run to make it 14-7. The Aggies had great field position on that drive thanks to a 39-yard punt return by Noil.

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Scoring Summary
TXAMBrandon Williams 1 yd run (Josh Lambo kick)
LAMONCentarius Donald 1 yd run (Justin Manton kick)
TXAMTra Carson 5 yd run (Josh Lambo kick)
TXAMSpeedy Noil 39 yd pass from Kyle Allen (Josh Lambo kick)
LAMONJustin Manton 51 yd FG
LAMONJustin Manton 23 yd FG
LAMONJustin Manton 22 yd FG
 
Team Stats
 LAMONTXAM
First Downs1916
Third Down Efficiency7-197-17
Fourth Down Efficiency2-32-2
Plays-Net Yards79-34769-243
Rushes-Yds30-7841-137
Passing Yds269106
Kick Return Yds2062
Punt Return Yds861
Passes28-49-113-28-1
Punts7-2407-297
Fumbles-Lost0-01-1
Penalties-Yds4-202-26
Time of Poss.33:4726:13
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
LAMON: Pete Thomas 19-44, Centarius Donald 9-33, Tyler Cain 2-1
TXAM: Brandon Williams 19-71, Tra Carson 13-47, Kyle Allen 6-12, James White 1-11, Team 2--4
PASSING
LAMON: Pete Thomas 26-47-246-1, Brayle Brown 1-1-15-0, Kenzee Jackson 1-1-8-0
TXAM: Kyle Allen 13-28-106-1
RECEIVING
LAMON: Kenzee Jackson 8-87, Ajalen Holley 7-42, Rashon Ceaser 5-99, Tyler Cain 3-5, Centarius Donald 1-13, Harley Scioneaux 1-9, Pete Thomas 1-8, Brayle Brown 1-6, De'Vonte Haggerty 1-0
TXAM: Speedy Noil 5-69, Edward Pope 2-15, Josh Reynolds 2-15, Malcome Kennedy 1-4, James White 1-2, Jeremy Tabuyo 1-1, Brandon Williams 1-0
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Louisiana-Monroe7th Sun Belt 3-54-8
Texas A&M4th SEC West4-48-5

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