Texas A&M Football’s offense looked a lot better against Auburn than it had in previous weeks, but the absence of the running game proved deadly. What happened?
In the first three weeks of Texas A&M Football‘s season, the one strength of the offense that had emerged was the running game.
In their week four loss to Auburn, it was the exact opposite.
Even with sophomore stud running back Jashaun Corbin out for the season after an injury in week two, the Aggies running game was very good. Freshman Isaiah Spiller emerged as a real difference-maker, racking up a pair of 100-yard games against Texas State and Lamar, scoring two touchdowns along the way.
Considering the struggles of quarterback Kellen Mond, many expected that the Aggies would lean on their running game against Auburn. Even if they wanted to, that was not going to work out on Saturday.
Spiller ran for just nine yards on only six carries, being halted on literally every single run. Jacob Kibodi, who started the season as the third-string running back, had six carries as well, only being able to run for 21 yards.
In the end, it was Mond who led the way in running, carrying the ball a team-leading nine times for just 26 yards. The Aggies totaled just 56 yards on the ground, which was not sufficient in the slightest bit against Auburn, even with Mond’s big game passing.
If the Aggies want to rebound and make a run at the SEC Championship game or a New Years Six bowl game, then the running game, especially that of Spiller, will need to be better. Mond showed enough to reassure that the passing game will be ok, and the defense is experienced-enough, but the Aggies cannot afford to have another no show from the running backs in a game as big as the one that they lost to Auburn.