Make that 44-0 as a starter.
Since Kyler’s sophomore season at Allen High School, he has yet to lose a game. The true freshman led A&M’s offense to 35 points and 544 total yards while accounting for 379 yards himself. His passing, while limited, was very efficient and on target. However, it was his running ability that really opened up the offense. The 321 rushing yards by A&M was the most since the 2012 Cotton Bowl game against OU.
Simply put, this Aggie offense is much more fluid when there is a consistent running threat; and Murray provides that.
Defensively, it was a tale of two halves. Credit to South Carolina for putting together a good gameplan, but giving up runs of 66 and 43 yards is very uncharacteristic of this year’s team. After allowing 383 yards and 21 points in the first half, the game had every appearance of shootout. But Chavis made some great second half adjustments and South Carolina only mustered 62 yards and 7 points the rest of the game.
Perhaps even more impressive was Donovan Wilson’s play. He sparked the defense with two interceptions one of which he returned for touchdown. On the season, he has 45 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 5 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries. Just spectacular play by the true sophomore.
In all, it was a good but not a great game. Coach Sumlin has said multiple times this season “we have yet to play our best game”, and he’s right. Seemingly, when the offense is humming the defense struggles, and vice versa. But after a two game skid to Alabama and Ole Miss, a win was very much needed. And in that regard A&M succeeded.