3 Key Plays that Decided Texas A&M Football vs Ole Miss

Nov 4, 2023; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Max Johnson (14) reaches for the goal line for a touchdown during the second half against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 4, 2023; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Max Johnson (14) reaches for the goal line for a touchdown during the second half against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Red Zone INT and Star Defender for Texas A&M Football Ejected

Things started off gangbusters for the Aggies in the second half. Texas A&M football received the kick coming out of the locker room, and proceeded to move the ball down the field with ease. They converted time after time, and the run game in particular seemed to be clicking. This all looked great until the Aggies entered the red zone, where they have had no shortage of issues this year. Once there, they got the ball inside the five, but things quickly went awry. A fake handoff by Max led to a pass under pressure that floated way up in the air. It appeared after the fact that there had been some miscommunication between Johnson and Ainias Smith (the intended target), as the only player in the area was an Ole Miss defensive back.

This portended bad things for the rest of the game. Given what had been happening so far in the game, and given how the Aggies have been playing this year, I considered it likely that this would be the only chance Texas A&M football had for a second half touchdown, and considering that this would have given the Aggies the lead, it had to be a huge gut punch for the offense.

Of course, that’s not what ended up happening. The offense moved up and down the field actually really easily in the second half, in what was a very encouraging showing for projection purposes. It didn’t end up being enough, though, as the Aggies ultimately ended up falling just barely short on the final play. If Texas A&M football had come away with points on that red zone trip—even just a field goal—then things could have looked far different in the end.