Rapid Reaction: Texas A&M keeps rolling against Mississippi State
Texas A&M showed no signs of slowing down this week.
Following a momentum-swinging victory against Florida last week, the Aggies gave a dominant performance against Mississippi State on Saturday to win 28-14.
Sophomore running back Isaiah Spiller continued to produce big results for A&M. He scored the first touchdown of the afternoon and added another after a blocked punt put the Aggies at the goal line in the 2nd quarter. He was the bell cow back, finishing with 114 yards and 2 touchdowns while commanding a majority of the carries.
It was the Aggies’ defense that stole the show, however.
It forced several costly mistakes from the Bulldogs as quarterback KJ Costello had both an interception and a fumble. Mississippi State was in such bad shape offensively that it benched Costello for Will Rogers in the 3rd quarter. That seemed to provide the Bulldogs with some life, but not enough to overcome the large deficit.
Rogers finished with 120 yards and 1 touchdowns while Costello had just 99 yards and no scores.
The play of the Spiller and the defense meant there was less pressure on A&M quarterback Kellen Mond. He still found ways to make his impact known, including a 51-yard touchdown pass to Chase Lane. He finished with 139 yards and 1 touchdowns, but did throw a pick-6 that cut the Aggies’ lead to 14-7.
The Aggies scored on their next possession to make it 21-7, recovered a Costello fumbled and quickly scored again to make it 21-7.
The Aggies have a bye next week before they face an improved Arkansas squad on Halloween. Mississippi State also has a bye before a tough challenge on the road against Alabama.