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CHUCK
CARLTON
TOMMY
CUMMINGS
CORBY
DAVIDSON
KATE
HAIROPOULOS
BILL
NICHOLS
RIC
RENNER
NEWY
SCRUGGS
KEVIN
SHERRINGTON
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COLLEGE
PICKS
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
HOUSTON — The Univer-
sity of Houston potentially
could have sold more tickets by
filling in the open area between
seating sections along the
north concourse of its new
$120 millionTDECU Stadium.
Sealing the gap, however,
would have deprived home
fans sitting on the stadium’s
west side of their stunning, un-
obstructed view of Houston’s
downtown skyline, symboliz-
ing the economic heft and tan-
talizing possibilities of the na-
tion’s fourth-largest city.
The gap isn’t an accident.
It’s a symbol. And it will be on
display Friday when the Cou-
gars play their first game in the
40,000-seat stadium against
Texas-San Antonio
To thrive — in the high-
stakes competition with uni-
versities across Texas and the
nation, Houston must increas-
ingly tap into the money, pow-
er, influence and enthusiasm
that lies beyond the horizon of
its new football palace to thrive
in the high-stakes competition
with universities across Texas
andthe nation,
“Our name includes the city
of Houston, and we want to
build a stronger connection,”
said Mack Rhoades, the uni-
versity’s vice president for in-
tercollegiate athletics. “This
stadium is a catalyst for every-
thing we do. We need to contin-
ue down the pathway, to re-
main competitive and to be-
come even more competitive in
the future.”
Other stadium highlights:
I The metal exterior skin
and the seating bowl’s configu-
ration are designed to allow
greater air flow than in many
massive concrete structures.
I The unique artificial turf
will provide distinctive Hous-
ton-themed end zones, with a
silhouette of the downtown
skyline overlaying “Houston” in
the west end zone and the
school’s secondary Cougars
head logo and the word “Cou-
gars” in the east end zone.
I A total of 160 concessions
areas are located throughout
the stadium, including porta-
ble kiosks on the upper level.
Beer and liquor will be sold.
I The Legends Plaza will
pay homage to the school’s
football history.
Rhodes said UH funded its
stadium in large part through
private donations, which ac-
counted for $65 million to $70
million, and it will not need to
use operations income or in-
come from the stadium’s suites
and club suites for debt service.
Texas Dow Employees
Credit Union paid $15 million
over 10 years for naming rights.
Houston Chronicle
Stadium
bridges
UH, city
UTSA AT HOUSTON
| 8p.m. Friday (ESPNU)
Cougars’ new home
offers prominent view
of downtown Houston
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Texas
A&M receiver Ricky Seals-
Jones had to wait a year be-
tween touchdowns. He gave ev-
ery reason Thursday night to
believe they’ll become a regular
occurrence.
The 6-5, 235-pound mis-
match from Sealy had five
catches for 67 yards and a
touchdown in the Aggies’ win
over South Carolina.
Seals-Jones provided a big
target for quarterback Kenny
Hill, and he also made an im-
pact as a blocker.
Seals-Jones took a medical
redshirt last season as a fresh-
man after suffering a knee inju-
ry that required surgery. Before
he was forced to the sidelines,
he dazzled on a 71-yard touch-
down catch-and-run in the
2013 season opener against
Rice.
His touchdown Thursday
came on a 3-yard pass early in
the second quarter that put
A&Mup17-7.
Mega-Watts: Armani
Watts, a freshman from North
Forney, made a handful of big
plays for a Texas A&M second-
ary that needed them badly.
Watts, starting at safety in
his first career game, cut any
South Carolina momentum in
the second half by picking off
quarterback Dylan Thompson
onadeep ball.
He also prevented a South
Carolina touchdown in the first
half by slamming into receiver
Nick Jones as the ball arrived at
thegoal line.
Hilliard hurt: Starting
A&M linebacker A.J. Hilliard
hadtobecarted off the field after
suffering an apparent leg injury.
He was sitting up and gave a
thumbs up as he was carted off
thefield. Hilliard sat out last sea-
sonafter transferring from TCU.
Living up to the hype:
Vaunted freshman defensive
endMyles Garrett caught South
Carolina coach Steve Spurrier’s
attention even before he played
a collegiate snap. The early re-
turns Thursday were good. He
hada sackandtwo quarterback
hurries and continued to make
hispresence felt.
Briefly: South Carolina
kicker Elliott Fry, out of Frisco
Prince of Peace, is the only Texas
product on the Gamecocks’ ros-
ter. … As expected, CB De’Vante
Harris (urinary tract injury) and
LB Shaan Washington (collar
bone) did not travel for A&M. …
Spurrier was forced to wait for
another career milestone. He’s
stuck at 199 wins as an SEC
coach.
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NO. 21 TEXAS A&M 52, NO. 9 SOUTH CAROLINA 28
Seals-Jones returns with a bang
BRIEFS
WR has 5 catches for
67 yards and first TD
since 2013 opener
By KATE HAIROPOULOS
Staff Writer
khairopoulos@dallasnews.com
Grant Halverson/Getty Images
Texas A&M
freshman
safety Armani
Watts breaks
up a pass
intended for
Pharoh Coo-
per. The
Gamecocks
had 366 yards
passing with
four TDs.
Watts had an
interception.
front of 82,847 at Williams-
Brice Stadium.
Hill’s 511 passing yards set
the school record, breaking
Manziel’s record of 464, set in
the 2013 loss to Alabama. Hill
went 44 of 60 for three touch-
downs andno interceptions.
“I was more excited than
nervous,” said Hill, in his first
meeting with the media as a
collegian. “I’ve been ready for
this my whole life. … We were
ready to go and prove every-
body wrong and show that we
can be good without Johnny.”
Sumlin and several Aggies
echoed the same sentiment.
“I think there was a confi-
dence about this team,” Sum-
lin said. “Quite frankly, there’s
a little chip on their shoulder.
Basically nobody gave us a
chance to even be close in this
game. All I heard was two
touchdowns [underdogs] and
if we could even be close it’d be
great.
“What we did tonight kind
of showed we’re not a one-trick
pony. We’re not anywhere near
where we want to be but we’re
not going anywhere any time
soon.”
The offense, in shifting
from Manziel’s scrambling to a
more traditional Sumlin Air
Raid, was always expected to
be the Aggies’ strong suit this
season. But Thursday it — and
its 680 yards — showed it
could be potent enough to
keep the Aggies in most
games, particularly if the
SEC’s worst defense last sea-
son builds on general im-
provement it showed Thurs-
day.
Offensively, A&M ran 99
plays behind a veteran offen-
sive line, with the players ask-
ing offensive coordinator Jake
Spavital to keep the rapid
pace.
Twelve receivers caught the
ball, headlined by Malcome
Kennedy’s 14 grabs for 137
yards. Trey Williams led the
running backs with 78 yards
and a touchdown. A&M punt-
ed only twice. And A&M had
to shake up its game plan after
it lost tight end Cam Clear ear-
ly to an ankle injury. Hill
showed no nerves from the
start — going 4 of 5 and lead-
ing A&M to a touchdown on
the first drive.
Was South Carolina sur-
prised as A&M’s lead grew?
The Aggies never trailed, led
by 31-14 at half and kept con-
trol inthe second half.
“They were just tired,” said
A&Msenior left tackle Cedric
Ogbuehi. “They didn’t say
much.”
South Carolina compiled
433 yards, with the key ones
coming on 69-yard and 46-
yard passes for touchdowns on
broken coverage in the first
half. Quarterback Dylan
Thompson was 20 of 40 for
four touchdowns and an inter-
ception. A&M sacked him
three times. A&M held the
Gamecocks to 67 yards rush-
ing. Star running back Mike
Davis (bruised rib) was limited
to six carries for 15 yards.
“It was obvious the odds-
makers don’t know what
they’re talking about,” said
South Carolina coach Steve
Spurrier. “That team was so
much better than us it wasn’t
funny.”
KATE HAIROPOULOS
Hill (don’t call him ‘Kenny Football’) is stellar
Continued fromPage 1C
Grant Halverson/Getty Images
Kenny Hill flashes a thumbs-up as he leave the field fol-
lowing the victory in his debut as a starter for Texas A&M.
Texas A&M........................ 0 0 0 52 — 52
South Carolina ................... 0 0 0 28 — 28
Fourth Quarter
TAM—Carson 1run (Lambo kick), 11:27.
TAM—FG Lambo 33, 5:02.
SC—Jones 69 pass from Thompson (Fry kick), 3:44.
TAM—Seals-Jones 3 pass from Hill (Lambo kick),
11:56.
SC—Byrd 46 pass from Thompson (Fry kick), 9:47.
TAM—Pope 14 pass from Hill (Lambo kick), 7:07.
TAM—Carson 2 run (Lambo kick), 1:16.
TAM—Reynolds 5 pass from Hill (Lambo kick), 11:08.
SC—P.Cooper 5 pass from Thompson (Fry kick), 7:33.
TAM—Carson 2 run (Lambo kick), 5:06.
SC—Jones 10 pass from Thompson (Fry kick), 2:38.
TAM—T.Williams 2 run (Lambo kick), 12:09.
A—82,847.
TAM SC
First downs ...................................39 23
Rushes-yards ......................... 39-169 22-67
Passing ....................................... 511 366
Comp-Att-Int ........................ 44-60-0 20-40-1
Return Yards .................................. 7 0
Punts-Avg. .............................. 2-48.0 4-44.0
Fumbles-Lost .............................. 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards ..........................8-95 4-21
Time of Possession ................... 37:38 22:22
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING—Texas A&M, T.Williams 13-78, B.Williams
11-57, Carson 7-30, Hill 7-5, Team 1-(minus 1).
South Carolina, Wilds 9-45, Davis 6-15, Byrd 2-14,
Carson 1-2, Thompson 4-(minus 9).
PASSING—Texas A&M, Hill 44-60-0-511. South Caro-
lina, Thompson 20-40-1-366.
RECEIVING—Texas A&M, Kennedy 14-137, Reynolds
6-76, Seals-Jones 5-67, Noil 5-55, Pope 4-75, Nie-
derhofer 3-18, Holmes 2-32, Carson 1-16, B.Wil-
liams 1-13, Clear 1-12, Iheanacho 1-10, T.Williams
1-0. South Carolina, Jones 5-113, P.Cooper 3-58,
Anderson 3-52, Adams 2-40, Wilds 2-32, Byrd 1-46,
Brent 1-13, Carson 1-9, Roland 1-2, Davis 1-1.

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