COLLEGE STATION - Texas A&M is hoping to continue their winning ways back at Kyle Field. Following their victory over Ole Miss, Mississippi State will try to dethrone the Aggies on their home turf.
The Aggies are hoping for consistency on offense. The team has struggled to find balance, but one area they've improved is in their run game. Last week, freshman Isaiah Spiller scored a 22-yard touchdown on his way to a 78 yard gain.
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Following the opening drive for Texas A&M, Isaiah Spiller broke free for a 24-yard gain and followed that up with a 12-yard run for a first down. Kellen Mond would connect with freshman tight end Jalen Wydermyer for an 11-yard gain, setting A&M up at the one. From there, the quarterback would keep it himself for the score.
Texas A&M 7, Mississippi State 0
Scoring Drive: (5 Plays, 51 yards, 2:21)
Garrett Shrader looked to find success on his second drive. A late-hit penalty cost A&M 15 yards and a first down. Cornerback Elijah Blades could leave with a shoulder injury after a nice play in coverage. Two plays later, Shrader would throw an interception after a bobbled pass from the Bulldog receiver. Aggies would begin the drive near the 50-yard marker.
Mond shined on the drive. Using his legs to pick up first downs, he culminate it with a 12-yard touchdown run to give the Aggies a two score lead. A&M would close the quarter out leading the way early.
Texas A&M 14, Mississippi State 0
Scoring Drive: 9 plays, 55 yards, 4:08
END OF FIRST QUARTER: Texas A&M 14, Mississippi State 0
Not the way the Aggies wanted to start the quarter. Kyle Hill broke free in the open field for a 36-yard gain to put State in the Aggies territory. The next play, Shrader would connect with Stephen Guidry for a 32-yard touchdown to diminish the lead. Aggies cornerback Blades would return, but leave again following the Guidry touchdown.
Texas A&M 14, Mississippi State 7
Scoring Drive: (4 Plays, 75 yard, 1:42)
Mond bounced back following the State touchdown. Driving down the field, he would keep it for a 25-yard run, setting A&M up inside the red zone. An unsportsmanlike penalty would negate the play, but it wouldn't matter. One play later, Mond would connect with Jhamon Ausbon for a 19-yard touchdown. The Aggies have scored on three straight drives.
Texas A&M 21, Mississippi State 7
Scoring Drive: (7 Plays, 65 yards, 3:08)
For the first time this morning, there's nothing to write about. Three and out for the Bulldogs and A&M gets the ball at midfield.
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A&M would follow that up with a three-and-out.
Today has to be the most complete game for A&M all season. After a block in the back, Aggies cornerback Debione Renfroe would force a fumble, leading to an Aggie recovery.
Kendrick Rogers wanted to make an impact Saturday afternoon. On third down, the junior would force his way into the end zone for a 16-yard score. The Aggies have scored on three of their last four drives.
Texas A&M 28, Mississippi State 7
Scoring Drive: (3 plays, 19 yards, 0:54)
The Bulldogs knew they needed to score points before the start of the second half. A 2nd and 18 helped State continue their drive, leading to a 33-yard field from Jace Christmann to lessen the lead.
Texas A&M 28, Mississippi State 10
Scoring Drive: (16 plays, 63 yards, 4:57)
HALFTIME: Texas A&M 28, MISSISSIPPI STATE 10
Texas A&M picked it right back up to begin the second half. Following a 15-yard connection with Rogers, Mond would find Wydermyer for a 52-yard touchdown. The Aggies have now scored on five of their last six drives.
Texas A&M 35, Mississippi State 10
Scoring Drive: (4 plays, 70 yards, 1:40)
Mississippi State wanted to try and chip away at the lead. They found success. Shrader had his best drive, going 3 of 4 for 53 yards and capping it off with a 14-yard touchdown to Isaiah Zuber. While the Bulldogs are down, they're not out just yet.
Texas A&M 35, Mississippi State 17
Scoring Drive: (10 plays, 74 yards, 5:32)
If Texas A&M continues to play this way the remainder of the season, they're going to be hard to contain. Mond connected with Rogers and Ausbon early, leading to a midfield point. Spiller would finish the drive off with a 5-yard touchdown run to give A&M an extended lead. The Aggies have been consistent on offense today.
Texas A&M 42, Mississippi State 17
Scoring Drive: (11 plays, 75 yards, 6:31)
END OF THIRD QUARTER: TEXAS A&M 42, MISSISSIPPI STATE 17