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Brown: Three quick takes from No. 16 Texas A&M's win over Prairie View A&M
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Brown: Three quick takes from No. 16 Texas A&M's win over Prairie View A&M

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Texas A&M’s Antonio Johnson (27) forces a fumble as he sacks Prairie View A&M quarterback Jawon Pass (1) during last Saturday’s game at Kyle Field in College Station. Aaron Hansford returned the fumble 17 yards for a touchdown in the Aggies’ 52-3 victory.

The 16th-ranked Texas A&M football team handled its business in a 52-3 win over Prairie View A&M on Saturday. Here are three quick takes from the game:

1. Riding off into the sunset: Beyond the 15 seniors honored prior to the game, the home finale at Kyle Field always begs the question: Who else has played their last game for the Aggies? Most expect running back Isaiah Spiller, defensive end DeMarvin Leal, tight end Jalen Wydermyer and offensive lineman Kenyon Green to announce a decision on either staying put or declaring for the NFL draft. All four are classified as juniors. One would think Spiller (nine carries, 70 yards, one TD), Leal (four tackles, one sack) and Green heard their last home cheers at A&M. As A&M’s leader in dropped passes this season, Wydermyer might consider returning to hone his pass-catching skills one more season — or at least Aggie fans can hope.

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2. Big hits still welcome: With the advent of the targeting rule, big hits have slowly dissipated from college football. Leal and A&M safety Antonio Johnson, however, delivered pad-popping tackles that rivaled the Prairie View Marching Storm’s base drums for decibel output. Both were completely legal hits, technically sound and eventually drove Panther starting quarterback Jason Pass out of the game.

3. The I shows up too late: A&M lined up in a power I-formation on fourth down midway through the first quarter, and Devon Achane scored on a 1-yard run for a 14-0 lead. It made for a head-scratcher, as in where was this play last week in Oxford, Mississippi? Instead of trying to force their way off their own goal line, the Aggies lined up in shotgun in their end zone and took a safety that put them off schedule for the remainder of their 29-19 loss at Ole Miss.

— TRAVIS L. BROWN

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