Texas A&M Football: 5 takeaways from Aggies’ Belk Bowl loss

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5. You have a healthy heart if you survived this game

Leading up to the Belk Bowl it was hard to get a handle on which Texas A&M team was going to show up. The Aggies didn’t have anything to play for other than pride. Their coach had been fired the rest of his staff was running the show. And most of them likely knew what their fate would be following the conclusion of the game.

That left the onus on the guys in the locker room to make something out of nothing. Christian Kirk showed up to play. Nick Starkel played well. There were dozens of momentum swings and weird moements.

Kevin Sumlin‘s tenure at Texas A&M, for better or worse, will always be remembered for two things: the incredible SEC beginning in 2012 and the late season fades in his successive seasons. His players did their best to held send their former coach out on a high note. Even if the game didn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, the players cared – and it showed.

One thing is certain: there was a lot of wild football games played under Kevin Sumlin and the Belk Bowl was one more game in his honor.