Nick Locken energizes the crowd at the start of the fourth quarter. Photo by Ethan Gullet

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The Roadrunner football team (3-4) will make their way to College Station, Texas on Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. to play against the Texas A&M Aggies (5-3). The last time these two faced off was back in 2016 when backup quarterback Jared Johnson threw for nearly 200 yards in a 10-23 loss against the No. 22 Aggies. Future first-round draft pick defensive end, Marcus Davenport, recorded 11 tackles and a sack while safety, Nate Gaines, added 10 tackles as well.

The ‘Runners are coming off a good win for their homecoming game against the Rice Owls (0-7, 0-3) 31-27. Lowell Narcisse passed 212 yards and two touchdowns. Narcisse completed 19 of 29 passes (64.5%), posting his season high. At the half, Rice held a slim 1-7 advantage over the ‘Runners. Zakhari Franklin added in four interceptions for 26 yards. Carl Austin III paced the ‘Runner defense with six solo tackles.

The Aggies faced Mississippi State University on Oct. 26. The Aggies found their groove playing offense. Since the Southeastern Conference play, the Aggies ended the game with 441 total yards, 234 passing and 207 rushing. The Aggies converted eight of 11 for 72.7%. They won 49-30 over Mississippi State.

The ‘Runners are currently averaging 180 yards rushing this season and have 1,261 yards total through the first seven games. A big part of that has been attributed to running back Sincere McCormick who was recently named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Midseason Watch List. He has accounted for 567 yards on 97 touches and has found the end zone six times this season, a team high.

On the defensive side of the ball, the ‘Runners defense currently ranks fourth in Conference USA and 19th in the nation when it comes to passing yards allowed in a game. Through seven games, they have only allowed 1,286 yards and averaged 183 yards per game.

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