1. Texas A&M doesn’t have a passing game, and Kevin Sumlin’s seat is that much hotter.
Texas A&M had a 38-10 lead heading into halftime. They upped it to 44-10 in the third quarter. The Aggies still lost. The prolific run game was shut down in the second half, and at the moment the Aggies don’t have a passing attack.
Trayveon Williams and Keith Ford combined for 317 rush yards, but red-shirt freshman Nick Starkel and true freshman Kellen Mond threw for a combined 89 yards on 9-of-30 passing. That won’t win you games even at the FCS level. The combo of Williams and Ford may be the best in the NCAA this season, but that won’t matter as long as A&M remains as one-dimensional as they were on Sunday.
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UCLA did have a few crucial breaks fall their way – an Aggie touchdown that would have sealed the game was called back because Mond was just out-of-bounds. A game-ending interception midway through the fourth quarter slipped through Deshawn Capers-Smith’s hands and into the hands of a waiting Darren Andrews, resulting in a 42 yard touchdown. UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen threw up a prayer that somehow found the endzone. Football is a game of inches, as the Aggies were brutally reminded on Sunday night.
Coach Kevin Sumlin came into the game needing a win, and his seat is infinitely hotter now. Here’s some encouragement: the next two weeks feature home games against Nicholls State and Louisiana Lafayette. But after that, SEC play begins and Sumlin will most likely be coaching for his job through the rest of the season.