MVP: Aramis Hillary appears to have the Aggies number. Last season he threw for a career-high 255 yards and three touchdowns as Coastal Carolina defeated A&T 31-14 at Aggie Stadium. On Saturday, he surpassed that career high by throwing for 274 yards and a touchdown.
X-Factor: Hillary wasn't perfect. He threw two interceptions, one occurring deep in Coastal's own territory in the first quarter. The other interceptions landed in the hands of D'Vonte Grant deep in A&T territory. The difference between Hillary's interceptions and the three thrown by A&T quarterback Kwashaun Quick was points generated. A&T's three turnovers led to 10 Chanticleer points, while Coastal's two turnovers led to two Coastal points. The play after Grant's interception, Quick was sacked in the end zone for a safety.
Defining Moment: Led by Quick, the Aggies offense executed a precise two two-minute drill as it went 72 yards over seven plays in 1:16 to cut Coastal's lead to 17-10 at halftime. On Coastal's first possession of the second half, the Aggies forced the Chanticleers into a 3rd-and-16 from the Chanticleer 19-yard line. But Hillary was able to complete a 22-yard pass to Jeremy Height to get out of the jam. The Chanticleers went on to score on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Hillary to Matt Hazel for a 24-10 Coastal lead.
A few notes here and there: Running back Mike Mayhew had 24 yards rushing, which puts 116 yards shy of becoming the Aggies all-time leading rusher...Outside linebacker D'Vonte Grant, the Aggies leading tackler in 2011, led the Aggies with 15 tackles on Saturday...Inside linebacker Dareon Mays had a career-high eight tackles...Over the entire 2011 season, Coastal wide receiver Niccolo Mastromatteo had one catch for seven yards...Saturday, he had seven catches for 114 yards...Coastal running back Jeremy Height had 109 yards rushing and a touchdown on 20 carries.