Jimbo Fisher praises performance of Kellen Mond, Texas A&M offense in rout of Mississippi State
Texas A&M played its most complete SEC game of the season on Saturday and that effort resulted in a big 49-30 win against Mississippi State in front of the 12th Man in College Station.
The win improves Texas A&M’s overall record to 5-3 on the year and 3-2 in league play.
One of the keys to the game for Texas A&M was the efficiency shown by Kellen Mond, who completed 17 of 23 passes for 234 yards and three passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns.
Mond did not have an interception and the Aggies did not have a single turnover in the contest. The Aggies also rushed the ball 39 times for 207 yards and four scores.
Following the win, Jimbo Fisher was asked to share his thought on the performance of his junior signal-caller.
“Great today,” Fisher said regarding Mond. “Decision making, the read pulls, the checks that got us in the run plays, getting us into the right looks, he had a lot on his plate today, getting the other guys the ball – as far as the runs and passing game. The decision he made on third downs, he did a great job, managed those third down run-pass checks, did an excellent job. I thought he had a complete game.”
Aside from the play of his quarterback, the consistency the Aggies displayed also stood out to Fisher.
“14-14-14-7 in points (the breakdown of each quarter). We punted one time, picked up third down, converted in the red zone, got touchdowns instead of field goals and managed the clock well at the end of the game,” Fisher continued. “A lot of things that you want to see, one of the most complete games offensively we’ve played.”
Arguably the most important stat when it comes to the difference between winning and losing once again held true on Saturday as Texas A&M forced Mississippi State into three turnovers and won the turnover margin 3-0.
“That was huge, we gave up yards but we had huge turnovers in big moments in the game,” the Aggie coach noted. “We will clean some things up on defense but those turnovers are huge in this game.”
Next weekend, Texas A&M hosts UTSA in College Station.