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Texas A&M outfielder Jace Laviolette (17) robs a home run from Florida infielder Cade Kurland (4) in the top of the ninth inning during Texas A&M’s game against Florida at the NCAA Men’s College World Series at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska on Sunday, June 15, 2024. (Hannah Harrison/The Battalion)
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Texas A&M vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

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Photo by Photo by C. Morgan Engel

The trench created between the Ragin Cajuns defensive front and Aggies offensive line prepares to disappear as the ball is snapped. 

On a hot September Saturday at Kyle Field, Texas A&M (2-1) came back from a seven-point deficit (21-14) at halftime to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette (1-2), 45-21. The win marked the Aggies’ 27th straight home victory over non-conference opponents, and the Aggies moved to 6-1 all time against the Ragin’ Cajuns. Texas A&M (2-1) will open SEC play with another 11 A.M. matchup next Saturday against Arkansas (2-0) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Photos by C. Morgan Engel (@c.mefoto)  and Cassie Stricker (@cassie_stricker)

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  • Yell Leaders Connor Joseph and Ian Moss pump up the team as they run out onto the field. 

    Photo by Photo by C. Morgan Engel
  • Senior defensive back Armani Watts intercepts the football halfway through the first quarter. Saturday’s game against the Ragin’ Cajuns was the first time Watts has intercepted two footballs in the same game. 

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  • A swarm of Aggies take down Ragin’ Cajun wide receiver Ja’Marcus Bradley. The Aggie defense did not give up a first down in the first quarter.

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  • Senior wide receiver Damion Ratley hauls in a pass that was initially ruled a touchdown, but was later reversed after referee review. The ball was marked down at the one yard line and the Aggies scored on the following play.

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  • Head Coach Kevin Sumlin and his players look up to the scoreboard to watch a previous controversial play.

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  • Freshman quarterback Kellen Mond is being well protected in the pocket by his teammates. 

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  • Sophomore linebacker Tyrel Dodson finished the game with seven tackles, including one that went for an 8 yard loss. 

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  • The 12th man did not let Saturday’s intense heat discourage them. 

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  • Ragin’ Cajun quarterback Jordan Davis hands the ball off to wide receiver Ryheem Malone after faking a pass.

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  • Sophomore running back Kendall Bussey is dragged down by Ragin’ Cajun defensive back Simeon Thomas. 

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  • Red shirt sophomore Kendall Bussey averaged 6.8 yards a carry with 13 touches in Saturday’s game.

    Photo by Photo by Cassie Stricker
  • Freshman wide receiver Clyde Chriss had 1 reception for 13 yards.

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  • Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young joined cadets on the sidelines to sing the Aggie War Hymn.

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  • Sophomore defensive back Larry Pryor had 9 tackles in the Aggies’ win against Louisiana-Lafayette. 

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  • Freshman quarterback Kellen Mond went 21-for-34 passing with 301 yards total and three touchdowns.

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  • Senior Damion Ratley and freshman Jhamon Ausbon celebrate a touchdown.

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  • Freshman defensive back Debione Renfro celebrates a tackle. 

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  • Senior punter Shane Tripucka attempted a fake field goal which resulted in -8 yards after the Cajun defense picked up the play.  The game was tied 14-14 at this time.

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  • Senior safety Armani Watts had two interceptions, one of which was during Louisiana’s opening drive of the second half.

    Photo by Photo by Cassie Stricker
  • Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin answered tough questions about his future with the Aggies at his Tuesday press conference.

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  • The world famous Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band performs during halftime of Saturday morning’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette.

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  • Freshman quarterback Kellen Mond finished the game against Louisiana-Lafayette with 301 passing yards (24-34), three touchdowns and one interception. 

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  • Ragin’ Cajun running back Raymond Calais is brought down by a duo of Aggie defenders.

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  • A young Aggie family performs the War Hymn during a break in Saturday’s game. 

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  • Sophomore center Colton Prater surveys the defensive front before he snaps the football.

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  • Junior defensive lineman Landis Durham levels Ragin’ Cajun quarterback Jordan Davis to force a fumble. The Aggies finished the game with five takeaways against the Ragin’ Cajuns. 

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  • Junior defensive lineman Landis Durham celebrates after recovering the Ragin’ Cajun fumble, one of the two that the Aggies would recover by the end of the game. 

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  • Junior running back Kwame Etwi finished an impressive 4th quarter with 35 yards on six carries.

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  • The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns discuss their gameplan during a timeout in the second half. 

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  • Freshman running back Jacob Kibodi gained 101 yards on only four carries, one of which was a 67 yard touchdown run.

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  • Aggie fans show off their 12th man spirit by participating in Yells.

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  • After an impressive showing last week, sophomore running back Kendall Bussey impressed again by rushing for 88 yards on 13 carries. 

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  • Freshman running back Jacob Kibodi celebrates after scoring his first touchdown as an Aggie. Three other true freshman scored touchdowns in Saturday’s game against the Rajun’ Cajuns, including quarterback Kellen Mond, wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon and running back Camron Buckley.

    Photo by Photo by C. Morgan Engel
  • Sophomore linebacker Tyrel Dodson intercepted a pass which he returned for a touchdown; the first of his career.

    Photo by Photo by Cassie Stricker
  • Freshman wide receiver Aaron Hansford had 28 yards and a reception.

    Photo by Photo by Cassie Stricker
  • Freshman wide receiver Roshauud Paul had 2 receptions for 16 yards.

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