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Kenny Hill shines and leads Aggies to upset over South Carolina


Move over Johnny Manziel, Kenny Football has arrived. In the first SEC game of the 2014 college football season, Texas A&M has a new star quarterback, and his name is Kenny Hill. The No. 21 ranked Aggies were alive early and often against No. 9 South Carolina, in South Carolina, as they came away with a 52-28 win.

As far as Hill’s play, he set a new Texas A&M passing record, passing Johnny Manziel, with 511 passing yards. South Carolina had no answer for Kenny Hill who went 44-60 for 511 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Hill’s 44 completions were also more than Manziel (32) ever completed in his collegiate career.

Malcome Kennedy led the game with 14 receptions and 137 yards, and running backs Tra Carson (3) and Trey Williams (1), combined for four touchdowns.

The win for Texas A&M ended a 18-game home winning streak for South Carolina.

The Gamecocks were led by quarterback Dylan Thompson who went 20-40 for 366 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. The team also started the game without star running back Mike Davis, who finished the night with 6 carries for 15 yards. Wide receiver Nick Jones finished with five receptions for 113 yards, and two touchdowns for South Carolina in the losing effort.

Johnny Manziel has moved on, and Kenny Hill has moved into the spotlight for Texas A&M, and if the first game is any glimpse into the future, the Aggies are poised to make a run in the SEC.

Head coach Kevin Sumlin and offensive coordinator Jake Spavital now have another dangerous quarterback to work with in Kenny Hill. There’s no “Kenny Football” yet in College Station, but if Hill’s play continues, the national spotlight will once again shine on Texas A&M.

Vegas is already a big fan of Kenny Hill, his odds of winning the Heisman skyrocketed to 20/1 after his record-breaking performance.

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