Ags Snatch Victory from the Jaws of Defeat

Wow, what a game! I guess we’re back to Aggie football giving us major heart attacks. And for some reason, I have a feeling that there will be a lot more games like this as the season progresses. Arkansas gave us everything we could handle. They played lights out on defense, ran the ball with determination, and even exploited us on special teams with a fake punt that went 51-yards for a touchdown. But credit DC Mark Snyder for some great second half adjustments, Kenny Hill for finding his rhythm in the 4th quarter, and Larry Jackson for having our guys so conditioned that we shut Arkansas down at the end of the game.

Texas A&M looked completely disjointed in the first half. Offensively, we could not get anything going after the first drive. Several wide receivers dropped easy catches that resulted in stalled drives. The offensive line allowed an unusual amount of pressure up front. And Kenny Hill for the first time this season had to throw on the run. It showed too. Several times he was off target and double guessing himself.

But coaching and conditioning were the themes of the second half. After some great adjustments with personnel, the Aggies held the Razorbacks to just 92 yards and 0 points in the final 6 drives. In the 3rd quarter alone, Arkansas only put up 18 rushing yards. The Aggies were finally getting pressure and tackles for loss, and it took Arkansas out of their game plan. Huge credit goes to Coach Snyder and Coach Larry Jackson for having these guys in the right position to be successful. The come-from-behind win took a great team effort.

It took offense. It took special teams. IT TOOK DEFENSE!

Final Notes:

  • For the first time since 2001, the Aggies are 5-0. Coach Sumlin was the Aggies receiver coach at the time.
  • A&M is the only team with 2 wins over teams ranked in the KPI Top 25.
  • Ed Pope had a breakout game with 4 catches for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns.
  • Pope’s 86 yard touchdown is the longest passing TD in AT&T stadium history.
  • Aggie recruits in attendence included current commits: DE James Lockhart, S Larry Prior, S Justin Dunning, and TE Jordan Davis
  • Newly offered LB/WR DeAndre McNeal was also in attendance. He received a scholarship offer following his game last Thursday where he had 2 touchdown receptions on offense and 3 sacks on defense. Coach Sumlin and the Swagcopter was there to watch Malik Jefferson, but they also came away particularly impressed with McNeal.
  • An Austin TV station passed on covering the Texas/Kansas game to cover the A&M/Arkansas game. #WRTS
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