SOUTHWEST ROUNDUP : Texas A&M; Rushes to Replace Lewis, 45-7
Darren Lewis, the Southwest Conference’s career rushing leader at Texas A&M;, has gone on to the NFL’s Chicago Bears.
And Greg Hill is already making Aggie fans forget about him.
Hill, a redshirt freshman, set a national record by rushing for 212 yards in 30 carries his first game as No. 20 Texas A&M; beat Louisiana State, 45-7, in the Aggies’ season opener Saturday at College Station, Tex.
It was Texas A&M;'s biggest victory over LSU (0-2) since a 47-0 victory in 1922.
“Greg killed us on the scout team last year,” Texas A&M; Coach R.C. Slocum said. “He was the best running back we played against. He showed today he plays in a game like he practices.”
Hill broke the record of 207 yards in 19 carries, set by Baylor’s Walter Abercrombie in his first game, coincidentally against Texas A&M; in 1978.
Hill, who--like Lewis--attended Carter High School in Dallas, scored on runs of 22 and seven yards.
Texas Christian 22, Ball State 16--Quarterback Leon Clay led the Horned Frogs back from an early deficit for the victory at Ft. Worth.
Trailing, 7-2, TCU (2-0) bounced back with a pair of sustained scoring drives, the first capped by Clay’s 14-yard pass to tight end Kelly Blackwell shortly before halftime.
TCU then took the second half kickoff and drove 80 yards in 14 plays, using Clay’s passing for big yardage and Setrick Dickens’ 11-yard run for the touchdown.
Ball State got a safety and a touchdown in the closing minutes and recovered an onside kick at midfield with 1:49 remaining.
TCU then ran out the clock.