Hill threw for 511 yards and three touchdowns to lead the 21st-ranked Aggies to a stunning 52-28 win over No. 9 South Carolina in the season and SEC opener for both teams.
Many felt that the early departure of Manziel, a first round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, as well as top 10 picks in offensive tackle Jake Matthews and wide receiver Mike Evans, would mean a down year for Texas A&M (1-0, 1-0 SEC).
No one told the Aggies' new QB.
Hill completed 44-of-60 passes and looked every bit the part in his first collegiate start. His 60 pass attempts were four more than Manziel's career- high 56, set as a freshman against LSU.
Tra Carson added three rushing touchdowns for the Aggies, who put an end to South Carolina's 18-game home win streak. Malcome Kennedy had a game-high 14 receptions for 137 yards.
Dylan Thompson put up big numbers for South Carolina (0-1, 0-1) in defeat, throwing for 366 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. Nick Jones was his primary target, making five catches for 113 yards and two scores.