Texas A&M 38, Ole Miss 24
What Happened: A&M was a bit sloppy and off, and then it turned it on in the second half with Kellen Mond finding Quartney Davis for two second half touchdown passes, and Trayveon Williams tearing off a 46-yard scoring run to put the game away.
Jordan Ta’amu ran for a score and threw a touchdown pass to DaMarkus Lodge, but the Ole Miss big play came on a disaster for A&M. The Aggies were going in for a score, but Mond fumbled the ball on his four, Zedrick Woods picked it up, and took off 96 yards for a 21-14 lead. It was all A&M the rest of the way.
What Mattered: A&M turned it over twice – the fumble was the big one – but it turned it on in the second half, finishing with 502 yards with a great balance. Ole Miss converted just one of 11 third down tries – the A&M pass rush turned it on late.
– Mond completed 19-of-28 passes for 236 yards and three scores with a pick and the big fumble, and he ran for 19 yards and a score. Trayveon Williams tore off 228 yards and a score on 31 carries.
– Ta’amu completed 22-of-35 passes for 373 yards and a score. AJ Brown and DaMarkus Lodge combine for 12 catches for 249 yards and and a score. Scottie Phillips only ran three times for four yards – the Rebels finished with 67 rushing yards.
What It All Means: It’s a third straight loss for the Rebels, and while they can’t be bowl eligible, this stings when it comes to trying to push for a winning season. Now they go on the road and get a desperate Vanderbilt team that needs a win to stay in the bowl hunt, and then close out with the Mississippi State game. All things considered, this has been a decent season, but it could end with a big thud.
– There’s a chance for A&M to finish third in the SEC West if Auburn loses two more games, but first, it has to get through LSU to finish and a tougher-than-it-might-like date with UAB next week. The Aggies are bowl eligible, and they were able to get a win after losing two straight in tough fashion, but six wins won’t be enough considering how good this team is. Now it has to close strong.
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