Texas A&M continues to rack up wins, each more impressive than the last after starting out the season with a tough loss, the latest coming at home against South Carolina by a margin of 24-17. The Aggies now sit at 4-1 on the year and 2-0 in SEC play.
Credit the Aggie defense for holding firm all night and true freshman quarterback Kellen Mond for not folding after getting down early and having to rally in the fourth to secure the win.
Immediately after the game head coach Kevin Sumlin shared these thoughts on his team’s performance. He started off talking about his defense’s effort. Texas A&M held the Gamecocks to only 23 rushing yards and 14 first downs Saturday night.
“I thought our defense, we played the run pretty well,” Sumlin said after the game. “These guys just kept playing. You’ve been playing all year. To come from behind and keep playing like they have been playing. Our crowd was fabulous tonight it really was the Home of the 12th Man and I think it made the difference.”
Kellen Mond played arguably his most efficient game of the season, going 19 for 27 through the air for 159 yards and adding 95 rushing yards against South Carolina. When Sumlin was asked about his QB, he stressed the importance to making him comfortable in the gameplan.
“We ran some read stuff that he could get behind I thought Keith Ford came in and gave us a different look with some power runs, some great efforts,” Sumlin commented. “Any win like this is a team win. We need to give him some opportunities where we don’t have to put it in his hands to win all the time.”
Sumlin coached with a heavy heart vs. South Carolina, as his mentor, longtime Purdue coach Joe Tiller, passed away Saturday morning. Sumlin nearly broke up while discussing the loss of Tiller.
“Here’s a man who was a great coach but an even better man… besides my Dad… I’ve known him since I was 18 years old,” Sumlin said. “I played four years for him. I coached for him, he gave me my first full-time job at Wyoming. Really had a huge influence, I wouldn’t be where I was today without Joe Tiller.”