No. 3: The Texas A&M football team’s stars never found a way to get going
In big football games like this, the outcome is often determined by each team’s star players. Ole Miss held up their end of the deal, as Matt Corral passed for 247 yards, a touchdown, and zero interceptions. Their runningback in Jerrion Ealy rushed for 152 yards on the night.
Texas A&M, on the other hand, did not have as strong of performances from their playmakers.
While projected first-rounders in DeMarvin Leal and Jaylen Wydermyer played well, two of the biggest players on the team did not have good games. Those players are Zach Calzada are Isaiah Spiller.
I’ll start with Calzada, who actually had a decent game. It was nothing to call home about, but the Aggie quarterback had his offense moving successfully in the second half. He had two interceptions, but one of them came as a result of a dropped pass by Demond Demas. The other was a bad throw, but it was one of his only miscues on an otherwise strong outing.
Isaiah Spiller didn’t have any silver lining to his performance.
The Aggie back had his worst rushing performance since… ever. Spiller carried the ball 15 times and accumulated just 41 yards — that’s 2.7 yards per carry. 48 total yards was his lowest since Week 2 of the 2020 season.
His backup in Devon Achane somehow had an incredible game in his place, rushing 12 times for 110 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That said, it was too little too late, and this Aggie team couldn’t overcome an early deficit.