COLLEGE STATION - Perhaps there's something found in the water out in Kyle Field when Kellen Mond takes the stage. One swig from the bottle and the junior quarterbacks looks to impress.
Away from Aggieland has been another story for the San Antonio native. Forced throws, consistent turnovers and miscommunication have been the constant storylines. In games outside of College Station, Mond has thrown for 659 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions.
No matter the case, Mond brilliantly led the way for Texas A&M Saturday morning against Mississippi State. Using his legs and executing flawless drives, the Aggies would score six consecutive times, picking up the 49-30 victory over the Bulldogs.
"Kellen, I thought, really managed the game today," A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said. "I thought his ability to -- his decision-making and the runs to pull it, to hand it, to do that, to check, and get us from pass to run, run to pass, picking up protections and blitzes, adjusting the front, and then being so accurate with the football down the field and then managing the clock at the end."
The Aggies were slow to begin the game. Following the opening drive, Mond knew they couldn't afford to duplicate those results. Creating a five-play, 51-yard drive, the signal-caller would keep it himself at the goal line to give A&M a 7-0 lead.
The following drive, Mond used his legs from 12 yards out to double the lead. He'd finish with 78 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
"I thought the offensive line was really good tonight," Mond said. "One, I think the scout team gave us a really good look in practice. And just being able to get the ball into my hands pretty quick and the receivers able to make plays."
Questions have come into play when speaking of Mond's decision-making through the air. They were answered by the end of the first drive of the second half. Mond dazzled through the air, with accurate throws ending in substantial gains down the field.
The Aggies' leader took a hit near the goal line from Bulldogs' safety C.J. Morgan. A Colton Prater unsportsmanlike penalty would move A&M back to the 19. It wouldn't matter as Mond would connect with Jhmon Ausbon for the 19-yard score. He'd double down before half with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Rogers two plays later.
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"He's really understanding how in his leverages, his matchups," Fisher said. "And he keeps growing as a quarterback. And that's the way we call the game."
A 52-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jalen Wydermyer likely sealed the victory for A&M at the start of the third. From there, the Aggies relied on the run game to run down the clock. Mond would finish with 310 yards of total offense and five total touchdowns.
For the third time in conference play this season, Mond has finished a game at Kyle Field without a turnover. Improving each snap against his opponent, the young quarterback has been a vital piece to the team's success on offense, despite the outcome of the game.
For the season at home, Mond has thrived in front of the Aggie faithful. Throwing for 1,344 yards, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions, the man under center seems to be at his best with the help of 12th Man.
Which could lead to concern at the season's end. The Aggies face UTSA and South Carolina at home before closing out the year against potential top-10's Georgia and LSU.
In moments like those, Mond is thankful for the support of his offense to help pick up the pieces on their way to victory.
Said Mond: "That's something that Coach emphasizes. It takes all 11 guys. And certain weeks if one guy messes up, it can cause a whole play to be disastrous or even be a negative play."
The Aggies will face UTSA next Saturday, November 2, at Kyle Field. Kickoff will be at 11 A.M. and the game will be televised on SEC Network.