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Learned, Loved, Loathed: Mississippi State 42, Texas A&M 24

October 2, 2022
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Looking back on what was learned, loved and loathed from Texas A&M's 42-24 loss to Mississippi State on Saturday:

Learned

A&M’s secondary is vulnerable: The Aggies entered the game ranked No. 11 in the nation in pass defense. However, the secondary was exposed by Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers. He passed for 329 yards and three touchdowns. One of his touchdown passes covered 75 yards. Even with A&M typically dropping eight into coverage, Rogers still found holes. However, the Aggies' secondary played much of the game without Jaylon Jones, who suffered an injury early in the game.

A&M’s pass rush is anemic: Some blame can be placed on defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin for usually only rushing three. As a result, the Aggies did not manage a sack and were credited with just three quarterback pressures.

Devon Achane is fallible: Achane doesn’t make many miscues, but he lost a big fumble inside the Mississippi State 5-yard line. The turnover wasted an opportunity for the Aggies to take a 7-0 lead.

Loved

Jamie Maury, TexAgs
Devon Achane (132) and Moose Muhammad (119) accounted for 251 of A&M’s 388 total offensive yards. 

Achane’s hard running: Achane atoned for his early miscue. He rushed for 111 yards on 16 carries for a 6.9-yard average per attempt.

Moose Muhammad bounced back from a bad game in last week’s win over Arkansas with a superb outing against Mississippi State. He set career highs with six catches for 119 yards. He also scored a touchdown on an 18-yard catch.

The game was televised on the SEC Network, while Alabama and Arkansas played on another network. That way, a smaller viewing audience saw the disappointing loss.

Loathed

Missed opportunities: A&M reached the Mississippi State 4- and 15-yard lines before losing fumbles in the first half. A potential touchdown pass was dropped in the third quarter. A fumble recovery and return at the Mississippi State 25-yard line ended a disaster. The Aggies were unable to move the football. The subsequent field goal attempt was blocked and returned for a touchdown.

A poor effort on the blocked field goal: OK, so Mississippi State cornerback Emmanuel Forbes MIGHT have been offsides on the block that resulted in the Bulldogs' touchdown. However, the right end on the Aggies' line failed to block him from coming in off the edge. The end never moved his feet and only raised his right arm in a half-hearted attempt at a block. His responsibility may have been to prevent an inside rush, but the blocked field goal and touchdown staked Mississippi State to a 21-3 lead.

Third-down inefficiency: A&M converted just twice in nine third-down situations.

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Learned, Loved, Loathed: Mississippi State 42, Texas A&M 24

10,222 Views | 13 Replies | Last: 1 yr ago by jeff1971
aggieclay
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Every single player on offense should be replaced! Wake up and take your job seriously! Disgusting!
rondis23
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AG
Not sure if the D Line with ZERO sacks again, or the O Line with no protection allowing Max Johnson to get bent in half multiple times is worse. They are both horrible units.
p-wonk01
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AG
O line play
2 new coaches (Oline, DC) which appear to be major downgrades so far
Usual play calling and no OC (will you keep asking please?)
El Gato
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It's better to have been blown out than have lost by 1 or 2. This embarrasses the big donors and hopefully makes them realize a change at HC is needed immediately. At the very least, demand a new OC. Jimbo is trash
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QB1
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I really miss those elko blitz packages…I mean rogers jersey looked nice and shiny all game long
AgOutsideAustin
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Give Achane 25 Carrie's Jimbo
valvemonkey91
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Foster had MANY low snaps last night. Is it the yips? Fatheree gets beat EVERY play. Why do we have ZERO depth at these positions. I count 11 seniors on the entire roster (of which 5 play consistently) and 1 of them ( Anais) is out for the season. Why does Saban have such depth and we don't?
Upperdeck Critic
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valvemonkey91 said:

Foster had MANY low snaps last night. Is it the yips? Fatheree gets beat EVERY play. Why do we have ZERO depth at these positions. I count 11 seniors on the entire roster (of which 5 play consistently) and 1 of them ( Anais) is out for the season. Why does Saban have such depth and we don't?
A&M has not made the necessary adjustments for SEC play. This is on the coach at the time. Sumlin didn't build depth. Fisher may be building it, but it is not evident yet. A&M seems to perform at the competition level of the old SWC, and the SWC isn't around any longer.
Shadow of CuervoAg
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Olin - you seem a bit restrained. I guess you are imposing a limit of three points per L/L/L section.
Do not post opposing views or you too, like me, will become a shadow of your former self.
Aggie_Jeff
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Young secondary overall will not hold up well when a QB has all that time. Especially one with experience.
Meximan
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How many more times will they be called "missed opportunities" rather than "ineptitude", which is what it flat out is?
bulverdeaggie93
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"some of the blame on no pass rush may be blamed on Durkin"??.. . He calls the plays… it's ALL on Durkin… just say it.
jeff1971
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This team and especially the head coach are in disarray
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