Hill breaks Manziel’s passing record

Hill is the son of former major-league pitcher Ken Hill. Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Kenny Hill broke Johnny Manziel’s single-game passing record with 511 yards Thursday in a 52-28 season-opening win against the No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks, completing 44-of-60 attempts for three touchdowns.

Hill topped Manziel’s school-record of 464 yards passing, which came against the Alabama Crimson Tide last year.

The 511 yards were the most passing yards allowed in South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier’s 10 seasons with the Gamecocks, while Hill’s 44 completions were also a single-game school record.

Hill had to beat out five-star recruit Kyle Allen for the staring job this year, but his performance Thursday should shut down any further controversy. Running back Tra Carson rushed for three touchdowns, while wide receiver Malcome Kennedy led the team with 14 catches for 137 yards.

The only negative for Hill, who is a dual-threat quarterback, is that he finished with just five rushing yards on seven carries.