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Texas A&M opens season with win over Vanderbilt

The Aggies are off and running

NCAA Football: Vanderbilt at Texas A&M Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

The #10 Texas A&M Aggies got their season off on the right track Saturday evening, picking up a 17-12 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores at Kyle Field.

Kellen Mond completed 17 or 28 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown, which came when he found Caleb Chapman to cap off A&M’s first drive of the second half and extend their lead to 14-5.

Isaiah Spiller led the way on the ground for A&M, picking up 117 yards on the ground on just eight carries. It was Spiller’s 57 yard carry that helped set up Mond’s touchdown to Chapman, as well.

Defensively, Micheal Clemons stood out for the Aggies, recording 1.5 sacks and finding his way to the ball repeatedly. Safeties Leon O’Neal and Demani Richardson each recorded an interception.

Vanderbilt struggled offensively, as Ken Seals threw for just 150 yards on 20-29 passing. He had one touchdown pass to go along with the two interceptions. Amir Abdur-Rahman hauled in the lone touchdown pass. He also led the ‘Dores with five receptions.

Texas A&M heads to Tuscaloosa next week to face the Alabama Crimson Tide, while Vandy heads home to host LSU.