Texas A&M Football: 3 Takeaways from Aggies’ loss to Mississippi State

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3. What happened to the running game?

The Aggie offense has been a work in progress this season. That’s to be expected as Kevin Sumlin slowly rolls things out for his true freshman quarterback. With that being the case one would expect a reliance on the rushing attack, hopefully with the result of limited pressure on the young passer.

If that’s the ideal state the Aggies took a wrong turn somewhere. The team set a peak against UCLA in Week 1 rushing for 382 yards with an average of 6.1 yards per carry. Since then the Aggies have produced rushing totals of 195, 179, 285, 237, 71 and 83. On Saturday night against Mississippi State the Aggies managed just 96 yards on the ground.

The duo of Keith Ford and Trayveon Williams were supposed to be one of the better backfield combinations in the SEC. Instead they’ve been largely ineffective. In four SEC games so far that pair has one 100-yard rushing performance between them – Ford collected 102 yards against Arkansas who have surrendered 274 yards per game against SEC opponents.

Traveyon Williams carried the ball 10 times for 32 yards. Ford added eight carries for 25 yards. Neither played a meaningful role in the offense.

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Kellen Mond has been the Aggies primary rushing threat. He picked up ### yards against Mississippi State. If Texas A&M wants to make this November different they must find a way to run the ball. Saturday’s strategy of deep shots with no rushing attack clearly did not work.