Texas A&M Football: 3 biggest performances in Week 7 win vs. Missouri

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Texas A&M Football, Week 7 Key Performance No. 2: DB Antonio Johnson

Before I get into why Antonio Johnson is my number two key player for Texas A&M in their win over Missouri, I have to hand out some other credit first. Since Johnson is the only defensive player to make this list in a strong defensive performance, I’ll mention the other two playmakers on that side of the ball.

The first was DeMarvin Leal who, as usual, was extremely disruptive in the trenches. The Aggie defensive lineman recorded six tackles on the night with a sack and two tackles for loss. He was truly dominant against a solid Mizzou offensive line.

The second was one of the players in this game who recorded an interception in Jaylon Jones. Jones has been gradually improving since stepping on campus last year and recorded his first interception of the season. That said, it landed directly in his hands, so I had to give the nod to Johnson on this slide.

Johnson, in my opinion, put the nail in the coffin in this game early with a late first-quarter interception. The Aggie cornerback got his first career interception after Missouri converted a second and 19 on their own four-yard line into a first down. Any offensive momentum for the Tigers would be killed soon after when Johnson intercepted a pass in Tiger territory.

Unfortunately, it wouldn’t amount to anything, as the Aggies would lose six yards and miss a field goal on the ensuing possession. Still — this was a big momentum play for A&M.

Credit should also be given to Leon O’Neal, who provided strong pressure on Missouri quarterback Connor Bazelak on the play.