- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rice (0-1) at No. 7 Texas A&M; (2-0), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

Line: Texas A&M; by 32.

Series Record: Texas A&M; leads 51-27-2.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

The Aggies have had two lopsided wins in their first two games but are looking for improvement in their last home game before three straight road contests. A win would give them a 3-0 record for the first time under coach Kevin Sumlin and the first time since 2010.

KEY MATCHUP

Texas A&M; QB Kenny Hill against Rice’s secondary. Hill is third in the nation with 794 yards passing, which is a school-record through two games, and his seven touchdown passes are tied for fifth in the country. He needed less than three quarters to pile up 283 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday’s 73-3 win over Lamar. Now he’ll face a defense that allowed 295 yards passing in a loss to Notre Dame.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Rice: QB Driphus Jackson. The dual-threat quarterback is the leading passer and rusher for Rice. He threw for 163 yards and a touchdown and ran for 61 yards against Notre Dame.

Texas A&M;: WR/KR/PR Speedy Noil. The true freshman had a big game against Lamar. He had 71 yards receiving, a punt return for 67 yards and a kickoff return for 53 yards. His punt return was the longest by an Aggie since 2012 and he leads the team with four plays of 20 or more yards this season.

FACTS & FIGURES

The first meeting between these teams was in 1914 and they met every year until 1995. … A&M; has won 17 in a row over the Owls, with Rice’s last win coming in 1980. … The Aggies set a record for a college game in Texas last week with a crowd of 104,728. … This is the first time since 2009 that Rice has played its first two games on the road. … The last win by Rice over a ranked team came when the Owls beat No. 21 BYU 27-14 in 1997. … Texas A&M; allowed less than 100 yards rushing in both of its first two games. … Six Aggies have at least 100 yards receiving in 2014 led by Malcome Kennedy’s 170.

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