Louisiana Monroe vs. Texas A M

Texas A&M defensive lineman Myles Garrett (15) tries to get to Louisiana Monroe quarterback Pete Thomas (14) while being blocked by Chase Regian during the fourth quarter of the Aggies 21-16 win over the Warhawks Saturday.

The questions heading into the 2014 season were all about how the Aggies would replace former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel at quarterback. But the Aggies also had to find replacements for Mike Evans and Jake Matthews, both of whom were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

A&M's season opened at No. 9 South Carolina, and at least for one night, it looked like Kevin Sumlin's team had found all the answers. A&M blew South Carolina out, 52-28, and sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill broke Johnny Manziel's record for single-game passing yards.

Over the next month, A&M rode the momentum up the polls, climbing as high as sixth, and even receiving first place votes. It wouldn't last. A loss at Mississippi State started a three game skid, the low point coming in a 59-0 blowout loss at Alabama. The next game, freshman quarterback Kyle Allen replaced Hill and led A&M to a 21-16 win over Louisiana-Monroe.

Allen and the Aggies scored an upset over third-ranked Auburn, 41-38, at Jordan-Hare Stadium. A&M couldn't carry the momentum back to Kyle Field though, and lost the final two home games.

The season ended on a high note when A&M defeated West Virginia in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, 45-37. Allen was named the game's MVP after throwing for 294 yards and four touchdowns.

The future looked bright for the Aggies, with Allen and other talented freshmen: Receiver Speedy Noil led A&M in all-purpose yards, Myles Garrett led the team in sacks and tackles for loss and safety Armani Watts led the team in interceptions. Sophomore transfer receiver Josh Reynolds led the team in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.

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