Texas A&M successfully bounced back after taking it on the chin against Alabama a week ago. The Aggies welcomed New Mexico State to College Station, and greeted them not so warmly as they came away with a 52-10 victory to improve to 7-1 on the year.
A&M was bussed to victory by the efforts of Trevor Knight who threw for 204 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Knight wasn’t as successful on the ground as he usually is, but his fellow runners helped him out as the Aggies rushed for a combined 233 yards against NMSU on the night.
Freshman running back Kendall Bussey led all with 87 yards on the ground, while fellow freshman Trayveon Williams rushed for 49 and scored once. Keith Ford added 48 yards of his own.
3 things we learned:
1. The Aggies are good, and the other Aggies are not: Who’s who? Okay, but seriously, we knew going in that Texas A&M was a good team. The 40-plus-point spread for the game was indicative of much and the Ags handled their business on Saturday night. This was a relatively unsurprising result all things considered.
2. The Aggies’ road trip next week still doesn’t appear as daunting: Texas A&M will take on 3-5 Mississippi State next weekend. The Bulldogs had to scratch and claw their way away from Samford. Samford! Their defense was cut up through the air by Samford, so imagining Josh Reynolds and Christian Kirk and company against their defense is NSFW-worthy.
3. And nor does the rest of their schedule, either: The Aggies can still make a big play for a New Year’s Six bowl game. Expecting Alabama to lose twice in November is probably a reach, so the best A&M can probably hope for is to get in the NY6. That road map is pretty much laid out for them as their games against aforementioned Mississippi State and then Ole Miss the next week certainly look easier after Saturday’s results. The biggest test comes in the final weekend against LSU, but Texas A&M will have the added benefit of playing the Tigers following their game against Alabama, and having the game at home in College Station. All things considered, that would be a damn, successful season for the Aggies if all plays out according to plan.