Mike Leach was hesitant to praise his defense at halftime even though Mississippi State had a shutout of Texas A&M in Starkville.

The Bulldogs had 3 sacks, and held the Aggies to 98 total yards to lead 14-0 at halftime.

“Well, when they do their job, they’re pretty good,” he said to SEC Network’s Alyssa Lang. “We gotta be better at getting home because I think we can put even more pressure on him.”

A&M was also 0-for-3 on third down and 0-for-2 in the red zone as Texas A&M QB Max Johnson was just 5-for-8 for 50 yards passing at halftime.

Meanwhile, Mississippi State was led by Will Rogers, who was 21-for-30 passing for 170 yards and 2 touchdowns. Eight receivers caught passes for the Bulldogs.

Dillon Johnson paced the Bulldogs in rushing with 9 carries for 56 yards, as they piled up 272 total yards and 14 first downs. State was 5-for-10 on third down and 1-for-1 on fourth down as they averaged 5.9 yards per play. A&M also lost 2 fumbles in a struggle of a first half.