Coming out party – Louisiana-Lafayette
The next week ended up bringing more of the same, at least for half the game. While the Aggies never trailed against Nicholls, they were down by a touchdown at halftime against the Louisiana-Lafayette.
As with the previous week, the first score of the game was a Kellen Mond touchdown pass to Christian Kirk. The next Texas A&M score was a touchdown pass to Mond’s fellow true freshman, Jhamon Ausbon, the receiver’s first of his career. Unfortunately, the Aggie defense allowed the Ragin’ Cajuns to take a lead in the first half.
Now I’m not sure what happened in that locker room at halftime, but A&M went on a 31-0 run in the second half. That included another touchdown pass by Mond to Camron Buckley and a rushing touchdown by Mond. A few field goals, a pick six and a 67-yard touchdown run by Jacob Kibodi would seal the Aggie victory.
We the fans probably could have done without the sorry game against Nicholls State and that sorrier first half against ULL. But I think it was just a true freshman finding his footing and a team finding its identity. Mond finished the day on 24-of-31 passing for 301 yards and three touchdowns. He became the first true freshman quarterback for A&M to throw for over 300 yards. If you compare that to the previous two weeks, that’s some seriously impressive progress.