Texas A&M Football 2017: 3 Keys to victory over New Mexico

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Texas A&M football is still looking for the first November win. Here are three things that need to happen if that win is going to come against New Mexico in Week 11.

The Aggies fell at home to the Auburn Tigers last week. But, quarterback Nick Starkel came back and ignited the offense moreso than the incumbent starter, Kellen Mond. What can the Aggies do to set themselves up for a great finish to the season?

There is little doubt from anyone that Texas A&M is going to roll the New Mexico Lobos this Saturday night at Kyle Field. But, after a losing streak of two games, the Aggies have some things they need to accomplish. This is a well timed weaker opponent that the Aggies can use to get back into the swing of football. Before we get into looking at UNM, let’s remember the Auburn game.

1. Limit the Running Game

Auburn was able to run for 228 yards, but anyone watching knew that they were able to pull ahead due to some long passes and a special teams play of their own. The rushing attack wasn’t exactly limited, but it wasn’t gashing the Aggies like I head feared it might. 0-1

2. Blitz like crazy

From what I saw in the stands, the pressure was being applied. Many of the long passes were due to risks taken by the Aggies, instead of busted coverages. When the coaches take risks, it sometimes doesn’t work. There were eight tackles for a loss, so sometimes the blitzes got home. The defense (again) wasn’t the issue for most of the day. 1-1

3- Big plays on special teams

What a weird day for special teams. There were four blocked kicks, including two miscues by the Aggies themselves. A blocked punt for a touchdown late in the half proved to be what burst the dam for the Tigers, as they never looked back after building on their lead right before halftime. Two blocked field goals for the Aggies is nice, and the special teams has been a bright spot this year. 2-1