Texas A&M flashes new offense in dominating win over New Mexico

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – With a newfound consistency on offense, Texas A&M (1-0) started off its season with a 52-10 win over the New Mexico Lobos (0-1). 

Despite relatively consistent drives from New Mexico, the Lobos managed just one touchdown before halftime. Meanwhile, the Maroon and White scored on every single drive of the first half. Sophomore wideout Noah Thomas played a major role in A&M’s 35-7 lead after 30 minutes of play with three touchdowns and 58 receiving yards.

After the half, the Aggies let off the gas with their first drive resulting in the first punt of the night after Weigman was sacked. However, the Aggies snapped right back with an easy touchdown for Evan Stewart with 2:30 left in the third quarter. As the fourth quarter started, backup Max Johnson even added another touchdown with 7:35 left for good measure.



Petrino’s new and improved offense passes the first test: All the hype and expectation surrounding the arrival of Bobby Petrino to Aggieland may not be all that far-fetched. Two quarters and five drives later, the Aggies looked exactly like the team that beat LSU back in November – talented and capable of beating a top-10 team.

It’s no secret that Petrino’s offense would look drastically different from last year’s and based on this performance, it’s safe to say that the best is yet to come for the Aggies. If it’s only Week 1 and A&M scored the most points in a single game since 2021, whatever they’re doing is obviously working.

“We were talking back and forth and sharing ideas,” Aggie head coach Jimbo Fisher said postgame. “We were giving suggestions just like we do in the meetings. It was excellent and I had a lot of fun.”

Conner Weigman is the real deal: From the moment Weigman got his first start against Ole Miss last season, it was obvious that he had the potential to become A&M’s leading man. Fast forward to now, Weigman is no doubt going to lead the Aggies to success this season. It isn’t just his newfound confidence that makes him stand out, it’s the aggressiveness. From the deep passes to dots right down the middle, Weigman seems to do what former Aggie Kellen Mond didn’t.

“Conner [Weigman] was so efficient,” Fisher said. “When the play was there, he took it. When it wasn’t there, he was dumping it underneath and being efficient. 15 was excellent; he made throws and was giving guys chances to make plays.” 

The Cypress Bridgeland product native truly showed out as he made 23 attempts for 18 completions, 23 yards and five touchdowns. In fact, those five passing touchdowns were the most by any A&M player in program history. Weigman’s level of ability to see down the field and take calculated risks with such little in-game experience is encouraging as A&M continues down its schedule. 

“I feel like I was always confident,” Weigman said. “Whenever that play arrives, you have to go out there and make the play. I feel like we went out there and did that today.”

They aren’t freshmen anymore: After the disappointing season boasting the Aggies’ No. 1 recruiting class, A&M doesn’t seem to be interested in repeating history. Players like Walter Nolen and Bryce Anderson held their weight all night with seven and five tackles, respectively. Thomas was one of the least-talked about offensive players during the offseason but after tonight, this won’t be the case. Coming off his freshman year where he only recorded five receptions and two touchdowns in eleven games, Thomas might have already established himself as A&M’s dark horse to watch this season. 

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