№ 11 Texas A&M (3-1) got rid of bulldogs (1-3) 28-14 on Saturday afternoon, beating the home team with 186 throwing yards and 6 sacks, keeping the hosts up to -2 rushing yards. Mississippi has collected just 217 yards of offense and one attack.
Neither team scored in the first quarter, but the pace of the game has already been set. Isaiah Spiller’s A&M running game (18 transfers, 114 yards, 2 TD) collected 72 yards on the ground, while Mississippi scored twice and defender KJ Costello (15-22, 99 yards, 1 INT) easily intercepted the A&M end zone. to the waiting corner by Miles Jones on the driveway between them.
Aggie took command of the point of attack during their third race, when they covered 66 yards in 8 games ̵1; all runs. Spiller scored from 3 yards, and A&M sent word that they were continuing where they left off against Florida. Mississippi entered the game, losing just 76 yards on the ground in the first three games, and Aggis spent only a few moments in the second quarter.
“The main focus was on leading the ball,” said senior striker Carson Green. “We wanted to show that we can run on anyone.”
The Bulldogs went 3 and came out in their next possession, and Aggie knew they were going to return the ball, but they couldn’t get a better position on the field. Linebacker Chris Russell broke through the Mississippi line and blocked Tucker Day’s pound, which was restored in Bulldog 1. Later, Spiller had a second touchdown, and “Aggis” rose to 14: 0.
A&M forced another very quick possession of the state of Mississippi and it seemed that they were going to get the ball in midfield after another shot, but defender Leon O’Neill got a personal foul for trying to jump the shield, which gave the state the ball in his 48.
“We got three penalties in one game,” said coach Jimbo Fischer. “(O’Neill’s fine) was just ridiculous. We could have scored there. “
Instead, it became 3 more and more, with security Brian Williams took the first bag of his career to finish the Mississippi drive. The Bulldogs will score another point in their final first-half possession, reaching A&M 26 before senior defender Jaden Peavy’s bag and an illegal block in his back pushed them out of the field. “Aggie” went into the locker room with a score of 14: 0, winning the opening match in the second half and doubling the total amount of bags for the season with four – mostly with three men.
“The whole week was in the spotlight,” Peavy said. “We trained well this week (front of 3 people). Mike Elko had a great game plan against them. “
A&M started the second half and went to Mississippi 32 when a potential disaster struck. Defender Kellen Mond (13-23, 139 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT) threw a pass that bounced off Ainias Smith’s shoulder pads and bounced all the way to the line of scrimmage, where cornerman Emmanuel Forbes grabbed him and returned a bizarre 60-yard interception to land.
“We went great,” Fisher said, “Then we had a ricochet.”
On previous trips to Starkville, such a game was a turning point that led to the run of a bulldog, which pointed to Aggie for 8-ball. This time, A&M immediately retaliated. In just four plays, Aggie ran 75 yards and regained his 21-7 lead after a wide move by Chase Lane (2 catches, 70 yards, 1 TD), caught a small cross and was 51 yards ahead of the entire Mississippi defense. rating.
“(It was) a drive I was really proud of,” Fisher said. “We returned immediately. We had two really great catches by Chase Lane and great throws by Kellen. “
A&M will soon put the game out of reach when lineback Buddy Johnson and defender Michael Clemons jointly hit Costello, causing trouble that Peevy has recovered in Mississippi 27 and thundered 19 yards to 8.
“I was so close (to scoring),” Peavy said with a little regret later.
It wouldn’t matter; Mond hit Smith (5 catches, 20 yards, 1 TD; 10 transfers, 52 yards) for a 6-yard pass over two games, increasing the lead to 28-7. These would be curtains for Costello, who was replaced by freshman defender Will Rogers. Rogers was much more efficient, making 15 of 18 assists for 120 yards and the first attack the Bulldogs scored in more than two football games, but A&M’s solid defense and running stole any hope of a comeback.
As a result, “Aggis” ended the last 5:06 of the game, which allowed to defend the state of Mississippi about recently. A&M ended by finishing the clock on the bulldog line by 1 yard, instead of trying to increase its victory.
“We wanted to show that we could drive the ball so that (Fisher) wouldn’t call passes,” Green said. “We want to prove that we are a great team and people need to know our name.”
Fischer said Aggie could still improve, but was pleased with the end result.
“Winning 14 points is a good win,” Fisher said. “Mississippi has always been a difficult place for us.”