Texas A&M Football and new head football coach Jimbo Fisher head to Starkville to face new head coach Joe Moorhead and his Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M football team come off an almost perfect football game in Columbia against the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Aggies had a halftime lead 13-0 in one of the more dominating efforts of the conference season. They then took the opening drive 60 yards taking off more than six minutes on the clock to go up 16-0.
The next six minutes in the game belonged to the Gamecocks, in which they tied the game at 16. The question we all wanted to know was, how would this young football team respond? They responded with another long drive culminating in a field goal.
After a Carolina punt, the Aggies needed to do one of two things, either score a touchdown or run the clock down to prevent the Gamecocks from potentially tying the game. The great thing for the Aggies: they did both. The drive went 78 yards in 11 plays and took almost six minutes off the clock. That gave A&M a 26-16 lead with 90 seconds left. South Carolina would score and kick an onside kick which would be recovered by the Aggies to seal the victory.
Kellen Mond threw the ball very well in the game, but again the offense could only score two touchdowns while kicking four field goals. He went 25-for-37 for 353 yards and one touchdown. This was only the second game of the year where the Aggies did not turn the ball over.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Aggies held South Carolina to 299 yards. If we could get that third quarter back, we’re talking about a defensive effort that would rival some we saw in the 90’s.
As we look forward to the Mississippi State game, the number of injuries is basically what we saw before the Carolina game. The bye week came at a good time as the schedule becomes tougher as it turns to November.
Like most college coaches, Fisher does not discuss injuries on a regular basis, but based on the his media interviews this week, there are a couple of injuries for Week 9.
- Kendrick Rogers is probable for the game.
- Daniel LaCamera has been upgraded to probable.
- Keaton Sutherland has been upgraded to probable.
- Jhamon Ausbon is out indefinitely with a foot injury.
- Michael Clemons is out indefinitely with a foot injury.
- Ikenna Okeke is out for the season with a knee injury.
- Anthony Hines III is out for the season with a lower leg injury.
- Clifford Chattman is out indefinitely with a foot injury.
Mississippi State week means the Aggies get their first shot at becoming bowl eligible and a chance for their third victory of the month which would match the most wins in October (2012 and 2016) since joining the SEC.