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Texas A&M defensive back Devin Morris (7) tackles Mississippi quarterback John Rhys Plumlee (10) during the second half of the Aggies 24-17 victory.

OFFENSE: D

What went right: Quarterback Kellen Mond’s legs were big with 15 carries for 76 yards. That freed up room for running back Isaiah Spiller (16 carries for 78 yards) to have some nice runs.

What went wrong: A&M struggled passing against a unit allowing 330.4 yards in the air per game.

Bottom line: Mond was sacked four times and threw two interceptions as A&M was 3 of 13 on third downs.

DEFENSE: C+

What went right: Buddy Johnson’s 62-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown was the game’s biggest play. Clifford Chattman added an interception against Ole Miss’ passing quarterback, Matt Corral.

What went wrong: Ole Miss rushed for 250 yards, averaging 5.7 yards per carry and A&M had four pass interference penalties.

Bottom line: With the game on the line Ole Miss went three-and-out on its first two possession in the fourth quarter.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C

What went right: Freshman Ainais Smith put some zip in the return game, with 65 yards on four punt returns. A&M’s Justin Madubuike blocked a potential game-tying field goal.

What went wrong: The 51-yard missed field goal by Seth Small was understandable, but not the 28-yarder, that could have been a killer.

Bottom line: The game’s second biggest play might have been Braden Mann’s 55-yard punt that went out at the Ole Miss 1.

COACHING: B-

What went right: The changes on special teams helped along with getting Mond more involved in the running game. A&M’s two-minute drill to end the first half was huge.

What went wrong: A&M continues to make too many crucial penalties and mistakes. Execution was a problem on third downs. Play calling could have been better to set up more favorable third downs. 

Bottom line: Jimbo Fisher won his first road game against a Southeastern Conference West opponent.

OVERALL: C+

What went right: A&M showed great resilience.

What went wrong: A&M played down to the competition a week after being competitive against top-ranked Alabama.

Bottom line: Ole Miss seemed in control of the game starting with the second half by getting 97 yards on 14 plays when the defense turned the game and possibly the season around.

(1) comment

Gary Drost

I’ll always take a win, even an ugly one. And this one was UGLY. This team defines the term “Jekyll and Hyde”. Very little consistency and fraught with all kinds of problems in execution of the fundamentals of football (and common sense). I’ve never been a KM fan, but I will admit he has raw talent. He doesn’t use it like most of the top QBs in the SEC, but it is there. I wouldn’t rank him in their category for that reason. Perhaps that’s a function of play-calling, which has been exasperating all season. Couple that with a line that couldn’t block a high school team, and what QB could perform up to expectations. Even Tua and Jalen would struggle in that minefield, uh, backfield. When he does get time to throw, he stares down one receiver until he burns a hole in his hands, thus the plethora of drops. A cornerback’s dream. Where are the progression reads and the check-downs? One thing he can do is run. However, most offenses that feature running QBs run a triple option offense, Ole Miss notwithstanding. Plumlee is really a triple option QB playing in a two-QB runner/passer configuration. Actually, with Corbin out, why not put in some triple option plays? Air Force is on their third string QB and just blitzed Hawaii 56-26 with a QB similar in size and ability to KM, and that was essentially the first start of his career (he’s a senior). Hawaii is as good or better than Ole Miss in talent, so do the math. KM’s passing accuracy is nothing to brag about, so when will we get to see Calzada? Alabama just found out it’s wise to have a back-up QB with reps, even though they have the horses to win with a walk-on. KM isn’t going to get any better this season, so one would think it prudent to at least give the back-up some reps. Oh, I forgot, they aren’t playing well enough to take KM out. Got it. Food for thought, Coach.

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