UNIVERSITY STATION: It feels good to hit an opponent, clear the bank and allow most players to have the opportunity to at least one hit.
And it's always a satisfying night when your team spins the numbers on the scoreboard during the four quarters.
Texas A&M hit Lamar, 62-3, at Kyle Field on Saturday night. Reality says that the other team played at the Southland Conference, an important talent step below the SEC. The game will probably be the easiest A&M on the calendar.
Even so, it was an effective way to eliminate the persistent doubts of the defeat on the 24-10 road last Saturday against Clemson, the national defending champion.
"You have to go back, get into the game," said A&M coach Jimbo Fisher, whose team increased his record to 2-1. "The lights are on. The score is on. You have to go play well in the game, have a good week of practice and leave that behind."
"You can never compensate for something in the past," Fisher said. "And you can't worry about something in the past. All you can control is the way you prepare."
All a team can do is look forward. The next for Aggies in 16th place is a home date against No. 8 Auburn. Saturday's game against Lamar was simply noise in the college football calendar. The competition against the Tigers, who beat Kent State, 55-16 on Saturday night, will be the first game of the afternoon at CBS.
"We are ready to show the world what we are capable of, that will be a great opportunity to do that," said A&M linebacker Buddy Johnson.
"I think the defense will be ready."
The three phases of the game worked well for the Aggies.
A&M generated 633 total yards, the second largest amount for holding 16 Fisher games. The 62 points were also the most scored in regulation by the Aggies since Fisher took control. Seven A&M players scored a touchdown.
Defensively, the Aggies allowed Lamar only a one-third conversion in 16 attempts. That is the best effort since A&M limited McNeese to 1 of 14 in 2001. The Cardinals were zero out of nine in third attempts in the second half. Lamar's only field game came with 5 minutes and 46 seconds for the third quarter. By then, A&M rose 34-3.
In special teams, defensive tackle Bobby Brown was credited with blocking a 22-yard field goal attempt, although repetitions showed that the ball was kicked so low that he first hit an offensive lineman from Lamar. Roshauud Paul averaged 25 yards in four laps of clearance. The longest was 41 yards.
Field Marshal Kellen Mond, who fought against Clemson, played well against Lamar when A&M receivers found fragments of space in Lamar High School. Mond completed 20 of his 28 passes for 317 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He was not fired. Mond also ran four times for 25 yards.
A&M catcher Jhamon Ausbon, who is probably Mond's closest friend on the team, said the quarterback's confidence was affected after Clemson.
"Kellen had a mentally difficult week," Ausbon said. "He was a great generator of confidence. He reminded him that everything is football at the end of the day … He's just doing your job on every play. When Kellen does that, he's at his best."
A&M runner Isaiah Spiller ran for 116 yards with two touchdowns. He had races of 38 and 34 yards to help him achieve his second 100-yard game of the season. Spiller did not start on Saturday. Fisher said it was because he was late for some meetings. But A&M will depend on Spiller moving forward, since he showed up after starter Jashaun Corbin suffered a hamstring injury that ended the season a week ago.
Ausbon, junior, also recorded his first 100-yard reception game since his first year.
Fisher chose some items he didn't like. He did not like the volume of sales: Mond overthrew a receiver, who had double coverage. He noticed a "couple of drops."
"For the most part, I saw what I needed to see," Fisher said.