First off, hats off to Sumlin’s 9th win over a top 25 opponent. More importantly, Sumlin finally got his first top 25 win at home. And it was a good one, a really good one.
The Aggies missed several redzone opportunities (again!), dropped some key 3rd down passes, and allowed Mississippi State a blistering 5.8 yards per carry – and they still beat them 30-17. This game was not as close as the score indicated either. The Aggies exchanged touchdowns for field goals twice, and they even ran out the clock inside their own 5 yard line to end the game.
Kyle Allen had another solid night despite a stretch in the third quarter that saw him go 1-9 passing. On the night, he was 25/41 with 322 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also added 65 yards on the ground at a 5.4 ypc rate. Don’t look now, but Kyle Allen leads the SEC in passing efficiency, passing touchdowns, and points responsible for. AND HE’S JUST A TRUE SOPHOMORE. Give Kyle Allen and Jake Spavital their due; they are very good with still so much potential to be even better.
And Ricky Seals-Jones – what a hit! Horrible, just awful, targeting call. But defenses will be keeping their heads on a swivel now with that footage on film.
In addition to the bone crushing hit, Ricky has come a long way in the passing game. In just a quarter and a half, he hauled in 5 receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown. He’s really coming into his own and giving Allen a 3rd legitimate receiver behind Josh Reynolds and Christian Kirk. Now if only we could get Speedy Noil healthy…
Defensively, this was the most complete game I’ve seen in years. Mississippi State came into this match averaging 33 points per game. They left with only 17 and it was the first time all season Dak Prescott did not have a passing touchdown. The relentless aggression by both Myles Garrett and Daeshon Hall led to banner days for both. Garrett tallied 7 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, and batted down 1 pass. And the combined stats for Garrett and Hall this season?
Not too shabby. And how about Donovan Wilson? The true sophomore has been all over the field this season with some pretty incredible stats. He has already notched 29 tackles, 16 of which were solo, 2 sacks, and 3.5 tackles for loss. But the stats that truly make him an X-factor? 2 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles. Wilson has accounted for 5 turnovers just by himself! For perspective, the rest of this Aggie defense has combined for just 3.
The Aggies enter a much needed Bye Week at 5-0 with a top ten matchup against Bama looming. The extra rest will serve Speedy Noil, James White, and our entire linebacking corps very well. Additionally, that time will be needed to find answers for our run game defense and red zone touchdown conversion issues. Fix those up and lets BTHObama!