No. 11 Texas A&M (3-1) disposed of the Bulldogs (1-3) 28-14 Saturday afternoon, battering the house group with 186 yards speeding and 6 sacks whereas holding the house group to -2 yards speeding. Mississippi State solely mustered 217 yards of offense and a single offensive landing.
Neither group scored within the first quarter, however the tempo for the sport was already established. A&M’s operating recreation, led by Isaiah Spiller (18 carries, 114 yards, 2 TD) racked up 72 yards on the bottom whereas Mississippi State punted twice and quarterback KJ Costello (15-22, 99 yards, 1 INT) threw a straightforward interception within the A&M finish zone to a ready cornerback Myles Jones on the drive in between.
The Aggies took command of the purpose of assault throughout their third drive, after they went 66 yards on Eight performs — all runs. Spiller scored from Three yards out and A&M had despatched the message that they have been selecting up the place they left off towards Florida. Mississippi State entered the sport giving up simply 76 yards on the bottom of their first three video games, and the Aggies had that mere moments into the second quarter.
“The emphasis all week was to run the ball,” senior offensive lineman Carson Inexperienced stated. “We wished to indicate that we may run on anybody.”
The Bulldogs went Three and out on their subsequent possession and the Aggies knew they have been going to get the ball again, however they couldn’t have gotten higher area place. Linebacker Chris Russell broke by the Mississippi State line and blocked Tucker Day’s punt, which was recovered on the Bulldog 1. A play later, Spiller had his second landing and the Aggies have been up 14-0.
A&M compelled one other very fast Mississippi State possession and appeared like they have been about to get the ball at midfield after one other punt, however security Leon O’Neal was referred to as for a private foul for attempting to leap over the punting defend, giving State the ball at their very own 48.
“We bought three penalties on one play,” coach Jimbo Fisher stated. “(O’Neal’s penalty) was simply ridiculous. We may have scored there.”
As a substitute, it grew to become one other Three and out, with security Brian Williams selecting up the primary sack of his profession to finish the Mississippi State drive. The Bulldogs would get one other shot at factors on their closing possession of the primary half, attending to the A&M 26 earlier than a sack by senior defensive lineman Jayden Peevy and an unlawful block within the again pushed them out of area aim vary. The Aggies went into the locker room up 14-0, getting the opening kickoff of the second half and having doubled their sack complete for the season with 4 — largely with a three-man rush.
“Cross rush was the main target all week,” Peevy stated. “We practiced (the 3-man entrance) nicely this week. Mike Elko had an amazing gameplan towards them.”
A&M took the second half kickoff and pushed their method right down to the Mississippi State 32, when potential catastrophe struck. Quarterback Kellen Mond (13-23, 139 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT) threw a cross that hit off of Ainias Smith’s shoulder pads and bounced all the best way again to the road of scrimmage, the place cornerback Emmanuel Forbes grabbed it and returned the weird interception 60 yards for a landing.
“We had a pleasant drive,” Fisher stated, “Then we had the ricochet.”
In previous journeys to Starkville, that sort of play was a tipping level that led to a Bulldog run that time the Aggies behind the 8-ball. This time, A&M struck again instantly. In simply four performs, the Aggies went 75 yards and pushed their lead again to 21-7 after wideout Chase Lane (2 catches, 70 yards, 1 TD), caught a shallow cross and outran the whole Mississippi State protection for a 51-yard rating.
“(That was) the drive I used to be actually happy with,” Fisher stated. “We got here proper again. We had two actually nice catches by Chase Lane and nice throws by Kellen.”
A&M would put the sport out of attain shortly, when linebacker Buddy Johnson and defensive finish Micheal Clemons mixed to hit Costello, forcing a fumble that Peevy recovered on the Mississippi State 27 and rumbled 19 yards to the 8.
“I used to be that shut (to scoring),” Peevy stated with a little bit of remorse later.
It wouldn’t matter; Mond hit Smith (5 catches, 20 yards, 1 TD; 10 carries, 52 yards) for a 6-yard landing cross two performs later, extending the result in 28-7. That may be curtains for Costello, who was changed by freshman quarterback Will Rogers. Rogers was far simpler, finishing 15 of 18 passes for 120 yards and the primary offensive landing the Bulldogs had scored in additional than two video games price of soccer, however A&M’s stout protection and operating recreation stole any hope of a comeback.
The Aggies ended up operating out the ultimate 5:06 of the sport, pushing the Mississippi State protection round one closing time for good measure. A&M ended out operating out the clock on the Bulldogs 1-yard-line as an alternative of attempting so as to add to their margin of victory.
“We wished to indicate we may run the ball so (Fisher) would’t name cross performs,” Inexperienced stated. “We wish to show we’re an enormous group and other people have to know our identify.”
Fisher stated the Aggies have rather a lot to enhance, however took satisfaction from the ultimate end result.
“A 14-point win is an efficient win,” Fisher stated. “Mississippi State has all the time been a troublesome place for us to play.”