Zack Calzada threw 275 yards and three touchdowns at his first career start to power the No. 7 Texas A & M on the 34-0 route in New Mexico on Saturday.
With this victory, A & M’s winning streak has expanded to 11 games, making a 3-0 start to Aggie’s for the first time since the start of the 2016 season and achieving 6 straight wins.
Calzada rushed to work against Colorado when Haynes King was injured in A & M’s second ownership last weekend. King had surgery to repair his broken right leg this week, causing Calzada to attack.
Calzada looked more comfortable and Aggie moved the ball much better on Saturday than last week, beating Buffalo and scoring only 10 points. They surpassed the game’s total points in the first six minutes of the game, building a 24-point lead in half-time.
A transfer from Kentucky, who passed 559 yards in the first two games, Terry Wilson threw only 33 yards to New Mexico (2-1) on Saturday, rushing to harass him all day long. He received a pass cut, was fired four times, and A & M’s stingy defense split three passes.
Things went well when Devon Achain picked up a 26-yard touchdown pass and launched Aggie’s early.
Aggie’s forced New Mexico to punt, but Calzada found Demond Demas wide open for a 70-yard touchdown in the first play of the next drive and made it 14-0. This was the first career catch for Demas, a five-star new hire with Aggie’s second season.
Texas A & M extended the lead to 21-0 with about 6 minutes remaining in the second quarter, with Isaiah Spiller shooting three defenders in a five-yard scoring run.
Spiller rushed 117 yards after running just 20 yards last week.
Aggie’s added a field goal in the second half of the second quarter and added another goal on the first drive of the second half to 27-0.
Calzada was intercepted by Tabian Combs in the next possession, but Lobos had no access to sales and had to punt.
Muhammad recorded his first career touchdown in the second half of the third quarter when he wound a seven-yard pass with one hand and pushed the lead up to 34-0.
Aggie’s dominated Lobos playing at the Mountain West Conference, but if they want to continue winning the SEC opener against the 20th Arkansas, mistakes and penalties need to be eliminated next week.
Impact on polls
After dropping two spots after a close call with Colorado last week, a decisive victory on Saturday should allow Aggie to maintain his current position in the rankings.
New Mexico: I’ll be visiting UTEP next Saturday night.
Texas A & M: Face 20th Arkansas next Saturday at AT & T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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