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A&M Offense Presents Big Challenge
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Release: 09/05/2013
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When the Bearkats take the field against the Texas Aggies Saturday at Kyle Field, the game will mark only the third time that a Sam Houston football team has gone up against a Top 10 FBS opponent.

The Cotton Bowl champion Aggies stand No. 7 in the national rankings this week after their 52-31 victory over Rice last week. Texas stood No. 7 in 2006 when the Kats took on the Longhorns the season following their Rose Bowl victory. Texas A&M was No. 8 in 2012 when the pair met in the regular season finale for the Kats.

“It’s a huge challenge for our football team,” Sam Houston Head Coach Willie Fritz said. “They are a tremendously talented team led by a Heisman Trophy winner. But playing in front of a crowd of more than 88,000 again will be a great experience for our players and good exposure for Sam Houston State.”

The Aggies like to brag that Kyle Field is a graveyard for non-conference opponents. Since 1985, Texas A&M has compiled a 61-5 record against non-conference opponents on their home turf. That includes 25 seasons with undefeated home records against non-conference foes.

Sam Houston is playing an FBS opponent for the 29th time since the Bearkats moved up to the FCS level in 1986. All 29 games have been road contests with Sam Houston winning three. The victories were over Louisiana-Lafayette in 1999, Louisiana-Monroe in 2001 and New Mexico in 2012.

Led by quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Aggies field one of the nation’s top offenses. Manziel is the only player in FBS history to generate 5,000 plus total yards while rushing for more than 1,000 yards in one season.

Since A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin’s arrival in College Station, Texas A&M has posted 40 400-plus total offense yardage outputs in 53 total games.

Sumlin installed a no-huddle, up-tempo offense in 2009. During that span, Texas A&M has hit the 500-yard level 26 times. Last week, the Aggies rolled up 486 total yards against Rice.

The Aggies led the Southeastern Conference in total offense last year.

Texas A&M used an eye-catching 16 true freshmen in Saturday’s win over Rice – five on offense and 11 on defense. It was the most true freshmen ever used by Texas A&M in a season opener.

The Aggies are in the midst of a seven-game winning streak, the longest current streak in the SEC and the fifth longest in NCAA FBS play.

Another sellout crowd is expected. Texas A&M has a streak of 15 straight sellouts at Kyle Field.

Sam Houston State will return to Huntsville to play host to Texas Southern on Saturday Sept. 14. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. at Bowers Stadium.

Tickets for all Sam Houston home games plus the 88th "Battle of the Piney Woods" with SFA at Reliant Stadium Nov. 2 are on sale now online at www.gobearkats.com .

Fans also may purchase tickets at the SHSU athletic ticket office located in the Ron Mafrige Field House at Bowers Stadium. Ticket office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The ticket office telephone number is (936) 294-1729.

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