Scoring the game’s first points and trailing by only 2 at the half, the Vanderbilt Commodores gave then-No. 10 Texas A&M a scare in the Aggies’ 17-12 season-opening victory at Kyle Field.

Ken Seals, a Weatherford, Texas, product and 247Sports 3-star prospect in the 2020 class, was named a starter ahead of Saturday’s game. He completed 20-of-29 passes for 150 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions in his first taste of collegiate action, while nearing pulling off what would have been the day’s biggest SEC upset.

After the game, Seals expressed confidence the outlook for the Commodores is changing and will not be a pushover in the Southeastern Conference this fall, per The Tennessean’s Adam Sparks.

Vanderbilt’s lone touchdown on the day came when Seals found redshirt sophomore Amir Abdur-Rahman for a 7-yard strike to cut the deficit to 14-12 with 2:45 left in the third quarter.

Texas A&M senior Kellen Mond also threw his only touchdown pass to a redshirt sophomore, connecting with Caleb Chapman from 17 yards out earlier in the third quarter.

Due to the shaky showing, the Aggies fell three spots to No. 13 in the Associated Press Poll and have the unenviable task of traveling to Tuscaloosa to battle the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on the SEC on CBS.

The Commodores will look to prove Seals right against the No. 20 LSU Tigers at 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.