Texas A&M 24, Ole Miss 17
Just when it seemed like Texas A&M was in big, big trouble, the defense stepped it up with a few big late plays including a fumble recover for a score from Buddy Johnson. Kellen Mond and the offense struggled way too much, the running backs struggled to get going, but again, that’s where the D came in. Justin Madubuike and the line managed to change the game around, and Johnson came up with a game-high ten stops.
The Ole Miss running game sort of worked. It generated 250 yards and averaged close to six yards per carry, but it couldn’t close out with enough scores and it stalled too often in the second half. John Rhys Plumlee was kept under wraps and he only completed 4-of-12 passes. Matt Corral threw well, but the O just didn’t move enough or control the clock.
Texas A&M now gets Mississippi State, UTSA and South Carolina at home. It has to win two of those three and get bowl eligible before dealing with Georgia and LSU on the road – the Aggies can’t win either of those two games with the way the O is struggling.
Ole Miss let this slip away. Now it gets two weeks off to get ready for the Trip to Auburn before getting the win over New Mexico State. It’s going to take a monster upset against the Tigers or LSU to get to the Mississippi State game with a shot at a bowl game.
LSU 36, Mississippi State 13
It might have been sort of a sleepy start for LSU, but Joe Burrow continued to be Joe Burrow with 327 yards and four scores on a 25-of-32 day. Once again he spread the ball around well, and once again he wasn’t just dunking and dunking. He moved around, kept buying himself time, and he kept up his incredible accurate season.
Garrett Shrader did what he could. The MSU quarterback hit 17-of-28 passes for 238 yards and a score with two picks, and he led the team with 66 rushing yards and a score. LSU swarmed all over RB Kylin Hill, but once again the secondary was just okay. MSU generated a better pass rush than LSU did.
Survive and advance. There’s no taking anything for granted, especially on the road, and LSU managed to come out of Starkville with an easy win before getting Auburn and at Alabama coming up next. MSU lost four of its last I’ve games, and now it has to go on the road to ace Texas A&M and Arkansas before hosting Alabama.