Johnny Manziel entertained the fans in Aggieland and McLane Carter looked in control in West Texas.
Both Texas A&M, under new coach Jimbo Fisher, and Texas Tech, under sixth-year coach Kliff Kingsbury, played their football spring games on Saturday.
Former Frankston standout wide receiver Kendrick Rogers, now at Texas A&M, and former Gilmer and Tyler Junior College star quarterback Carter, now at Texas Tech, made some key plays for their teams.
MAROON & WHITE
In the spring game, the White squad defeated the Maroon team, 30-24, before a spring-record crowd of 48,129 at Kyle Field in College Station, the school announced.
Near the end of the scrimmage, the starters returned to the field.
QB Nick Starkel went for the game-winning toss when he tried to hit tight end Jace Sternberger, but the White held on for the win.
With game tied at 24-24, quarterback Kellen Mond put his team ahead with 39 seconds left on a 4-yard touchdown pass to former Frankston star Rogers.
Rogers led the White squad with eight catches for 90 yards and had a long pass of 32 yards. Mond was 18 of 26 for 180 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
Starkel, of the Maroon, connected on 26 of 42 attempts for 373 yards, two TDs and an interception.
The top rushers were the White’s Kwame Etwi (11-83, TD, long rush of 55 yards) and the Maroon’s Jacob Kibodi (9-45, long rush of 14).
Sternberger led the Maroon with eight catches for 147 yards, two TDs and a long catch of 65 yards. Jhamon Ausbon added six receptions for 124 yards and a long snag of 58 yards.
Defensively, the White’s Buddy Johnson and the Maroon’s Tyrel Dotson led their teams with seven tackles each.
Manziel was on hand to show he can still zing a pass.
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner was “all-time quarterback” during a 10-minute flag football game at halftime. It was a Legends Game that ended in a 14-14 tie. It was presented by the Texas A&M Lettermen’s Association.
Aggie legendary linebacker Dat Nguyen and defensive back Ray Mickens served as coaches.
Former Chapel Hill, A&M and Green Bay Packer standout wide receiver Terrence Murphy took part in the game as did former QB Bucky Richardson.
In the flag football game, Richardson and Quentin Coryatt served as assistant coaches for Nguyen’s “Team Pickard” (honoring longtime Texas A&M athletic staffer Billy Pickard), while Murphy and Derrick Frazier helped coach Mickens’ “Team Crow” (honoring 1957 Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow).
The Aggies open the 2018 season at home against Northwestern State on Aug. 30.
Other home games include: Sept. 8 vs. Clemson; Sept. 15 vs. Louisiana-Monroe; Oct. 6 vs. Kentucky; Nov. 10 vs. Mississippi; Nov. 17 vs. UAB and Nov. 24 vs. LSU.
Road games include: Sept. 22 at Alabama; Sept. 29 vs. Arkansas at AT&T Stadium in Arlington; Oct. 13 at South Carolina; Oct. 27 at Mississippi State; and Nov. 3 at Auburn.
BLACK & RED
The Texas Tech defense forced three turnovers and registered four sacks to win 49-27 over the offense at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock.
The defense was rewarded points for various plays such as turnovers, sacks and fourth-down stops. The defense led 14-0 before the offense got on the board on Da’Leon Ward’s two-yard touchdown run.
Some of the top defensive plays included Thomas Leggett forcing a fumble that was recovered by Quincy Addison, Octavious Morgan grabbing an interception and the defense forcing a JoJo Robinson fumble near the goal line that bounced out of the end zone for a touchback.
The offense trailed 25-17 at the half after a Clayton Hatfield 41-yard field goal and a six-yard touchdown run from Tre King. Hatfield added a 40-yard field goal in the second half.
De’Quan Bowman closed the scoring for the offense as Carter found him on a 28-yard slant over the middle late in the second half.
Carter finished 11 of 19 for 139 yards on the night. Fellow QB Jett Duffey was 11 of 15 for 89 yards. Alan Bowman saw significant playing time as well as he completed 7 of 12 passes for 76 yards.
King led the Red Raiders on the ground with 53 yards on 15 carries followed by Ward, who had 45 yards on 12 carries. Robinson powered the Tech receiving corps with 79 yards through the air on a team-leading six receptions.
Kolin Hill and Kevin Moore shared the team high with six tackles each, while the trio of Adrian Frye, Jordyn Brooks and Christian Taylor all had five stops each. Hill posted two of Tech’s four sacks while Michael Mays and Broderick Washington Jr. had one sack apiece.
The Red Raiders open their 2018 season Sept. 1 against Mississippi at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Games in Lubbock include: Sept. 8 vs. Lamar; Sept. 15 vs. Houston; Sept. 29 vs. West Virginia; Oct. 20 vs. Kansas; Nov. 3 vs. Oklahoma; and Nov. 10 vs. Texas.
Other road games include: Sept. 22 at Oklahoma State; Oct. 11 at TCU; Oct. 27 at Iowa State; Nov. 17 at Kansas State; and Nov. 24 vs. Baylor at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.