Texas A&M Football: Aggies win a tale of two halves vs Ole Miss

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Second Half – Defensive battle

The second half turned into a defensive standoff as both teams struggled mightily to get anything going. Derrick Tucker had the biggest moment with a 19-yard pick six that ended up being the key play of the game. Shane Tripucka played a major role as well, averaging 46.0 yards on his eight punts and pinned Ole Miss inside the 20 on five of them.

The bulk of the credit goes to John Chavis and the defensive staff for the halftime adjustments made. Ole Miss racked up 325 yards in the 1st Half and followed up with only 66 yards in the 2nd.

Derrick Tucker, hats off to you sir. Tucker finished with 14 tackles (11 solo), one interception (returned for a touchdown), two pass break ups, one tackle for a loss and one forced fumble. SEC Defensive and Freshman of the Week – Give it to him.

Next Up – LSU

So next weekend just got a lot more interesting. I do not believe the firing of Kevin Sumlin is a set thing and this upcoming weekend he may very well be coaching for his position as head coach. Has this year been frustrating? Yes. Were the UCLA and Mississippi State games unacceptable? Absolutely. Do I think there is a possible replacement that is worth firing Sumlin? No, I don’t.

Next: Which schools make most sense for SEC expansion?

The Aggies have yet to defeat LSU since joining the SEC back in 2012 and the two most recent games have particularly not set well with Aggie fans. With a win over LSU, the Aggies set up the possibility to finish 9-4 with a victory in their bowl game. This was a necessary win for this Texas A&M team and sets up a big opportunity for next week.