Second Half for Texas A&M Football
Texas A&M football got the ball first in the second half. They opened with a Leveon Moss run after just barely getting the play off in time, which went for three yards. Some sweet moves by Ainias Smith after a catch picked up the first down after a 13 yard gain. Leveon again took it for a short run on first, and another second down pass—this time to Moose—picked up the first down. Like clockwork, another first down run for three yards was followed by a second down pass, but this time the ball fell incomplete downfield to Ainias. Third down saw a comfortable pocket for Max, and he completed a great ball to Noah Thomas to take the Aggies just outside the red zone. For the fourth straight first down, Leveon ran the ball for three yards. They switched up the second down call this time, though, handing the ball off to Moss again and coming within four yards of the first. Ainias picked up the first down on a short pass, but the side judge called offensive pass interference against Moose Muhammad to scoot the Aggies back 15 yards. Max was pressured and threw the ball away, but the Ole Miss secondary was flagged this time, and the holding call against the Rebels gave the Aggies an automatic first down. A tough outside run by Moss on first picked up 9 yards, and a second down carry by Amari converted the first and brought the Ags down to the five. A short pass by Max, though, floated and was intercepted in the end zone, ending a promising drive.
On the ensuing first down for the Rebels, Dart scrambled and stumbled but got the pass off before he fell to the ground, falling incomplete. A fake screen pass picked up about 20 yards on second down, and a deep shot on the next play put the Rebels down at the 16. A Judkins run went for a few yards, but Shemar Turner threw a punch after the play that resulted in his ejection and an automatic first down. The next play was a Judkins touchdown from about six yards out, and the ensuing two point conversion was good to give the Rebels a 28-14 lead.
A&M opened their next drive with a quick screen for 3 yards, before handing the ball off to Moss on second down. He was submarined by an Ole Miss player while another Rebel was attempting to attack him from behind, and it looked like he took a pretty good shot to his leg. On the ensuing play, Ainias Smith caught a ball with green grass around him, which is always a bad sign for opposing defenses. He juked and jumped his way for 27 yards, moving the Aggies down into Ole Miss territory. Amari Daniels picked up 10 on the ensuing run, and Texas A&M football was inside the Ole Miss 30. A Max rollout found Jake Johnson wide open down the field, and the big TE took it into the end zone to make the score 28-21.
A short couple of passes for Ole Miss brought up third and one on their next drive, which they converted with a direct snap to the running back. An out route was well defended by Demani, but the Rebel receiver still came down with the ball for a 14 yard gain. Ulysses Bentley had a shifty run that went for 11, and a screen to Dayton Wade gained about five. Judkins looked to have a nice gain on the ensuing second down, but another holding penalty moved the Rebels back. Pressure on Dart caused him to throw the ball away, bringing up 3rd and 9, but a perfectly placed pass and one-handed catch by Ole Miss resulted in a 32-yard gain. A 2-yard run by Judkins moved the Rebels to the five yard line, and a one yard keeper by Dart brought up 3rd and goal from the 4. Pressure forced another incompletion from Dart, and Caden Davis came out to kick a field goal, making it 31-21.
A first down pass from Max Johnson saw some good protection up front, and he notched a 19-yard completion to Jahdae Walker on first down. A slant to Ainias gained 7, and that also brought the end of the quarter. The Aggies went to the fourth down 10 points, but driving.