Defense for Texas A&M football begins to show its quality
Auburn is not what you would call an outstanding offensive team, but this was an absolute showcase for a defense that has been taking some lumps in the Football Discourse for the last few weeks. Here are a few numbers:
- 200 yards allowed
- 7 sacks
- 20% 3rd down conversion rate
- 2.4 YPA allowed
- 3.5 YPC allowed
- 3 points allowed
That is dominance. When you consider the fact that this came against a conference opponent—no matter how poor the offensive skill!—it’s even more impressive. That outshone any and all conference performances from last year’s Aggie defense, which ended up 18th in the country per SP+. Auburn went the entire third quarter going three and out time and time again. Even when the Tigers finally got some things going followed the scoop and score, the Aggie defense stepped up to knock them back out of field goal range.
I predicted that the Aggie defensive line would be able to get to Thorne, given his proclivity for taking sacks. I in no way expected the Aggies to more than double their season total in that metric in this one single game! This is the kind of performance of which we all knew this talented Aggie front is capable. This is the pressure and havoc we’ve been expecting to see them create with the uber-talented linemen up front. Let’s hope this is a mainstay of this defense for Texas A&M football as the Aggies move further forward into conference play.