Texas A&M Football and new head football coach Jimbo Fisher are at home to face head coach Bill Clark and his UAB Blazers.
Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M football team come off a very solid performance against Ole Miss last Saturday in College Station. The Aggies struck first and then the Rebels scored two touchdowns on 75 yard drives to take a 14-7. A&M would tie the game right before half when Kellen Mond found Camron Buckley on a beautifully thrown corner route with 44 seconds left.
The second half was all Aggies, the only points Ole Miss could muster came on a 96 yard fumble return and a late field goal in the fourth with 1:51 left. The Aggies 24 second half points came on two more touchdown passes, a field goal by Seth Small and a 46-yard touchdown run by Trayveon Williams to put the game out of reach. The final score was 38-24 which gives Aggie fans the knowledge that this team will continue to play close games, but just like in Columbia, the Aggies can close.
Kellen Mond and the offense played well, but I do not believe anyone would say they were perfect by any means. They did enough to keep the ball for 37 minutes and score more points than their opponent. The drive chart was a bit of a mixed bag, but scoring 38 points at home with this defense has proved to be enough.
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Mond went 19-for-28 for 236 yards and three touchdowns. The interception he threw came in Rebels territory which again hurts. The fumble he had was a much bigger play in the game as the Aggies were going in to score to take a second half lead and the Rebels returned it for a touchdown. The Aggies need their quarterback to learn how to take care of the ball in the future if this team wants to contend for championships.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Aggies held Ole Miss below their season average and only allowed their offense to reach the end zone twice. I think we all can live with that. They continued to play well against the run allowing only 67 yards. This will be the same recipe they will need if they want to win their next two.
As we look forward to the UAB game, the number of injuries actually did not grow for the first time in a few weeks.
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 12.
- Jared Hocker is out indefinitely with a leg injury.
- Daniel LaCamera has been ruled out for the season 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
UAB week means the Aggies get another opportunity to play a ranked opponent as the Blazers come into Aggieland ranked No. 25 in the coaches poll. Don’t sleep on this team, head coach Bill Clark has done an outstanding job with this team.