Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher walks the sidelines during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern State Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher was pleased with so many things his team did in Saturday’s 28-26 loss to second-ranked Clemson, except for the outcome.

Toughness, grit, effort and heart were some of the areas Fisher praised his team for at his Monday press conference.

“We just have to execute better,” Fisher said. “We have to play more efficient.”

He said the players also have to believe they can do it, “expecting to do it and expected to be in those situations, I think is part of the growing which we have to do.”

Fisher said he stands up there “not happy at all” because of all the missed opportunities, adding that they’ll have to coach better.

Fisher said the defense gave up six big plays, all passes, even though four times the Aggies had double coverage and Clemson just made plays. Fisher said the two turnovers in the red zone hurt.

“I thought we played very well up front [on defense],” Fisher said. “We were very physical. They talk about their front which is very good, but I thought our front was exceptional in the game.”

Fisher said the team will be ready to play Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday and won’t be looking ahead of next week’s game with top-ranked Alabama.

“Every game is a huge game,” he said.

A&M’s Sept. 22 game at Alabama will be televised by CBS at 2:30 p.m.

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Had we not had the missed field goals, it's a different game. However, when you have to play the other team AND the refs making several bad / wrong's hard to beat that. I consider it a win with the way they fought back. This is definitely a different team just two games into the season.

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