Yes, I know this is a warmup game. Yes, I know Northwestern State isn’t as elite as Auburn, Alabama or Clemson. But what a game for the Texas A&M Aggies. The Aggies cruised to a 59-7 victory in Jimbo Fisher’s first game as head coach Thursday night in College Station.
Trayveon Williams broke off a 73-yard TD run on the first drive of the game, the first of three on the day. Williams had another 40-yard TD run to cap off a excellent performance, rushing for 240 yards on the day.
Kellen Mond and Nick Starkel both saw the field on Thursday night. Mond started the game, throwing two touchdowns to JUCO tight end Jace Sternberger. Mond finished the night with a solid mark of 17-for-25, 184 yards through the air and those 2 touchdowns to Sternberger, with no interceptions. Starkel, meanwhile, went 5-for-8 for 63 yards and a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Preston.
The Aggies has a solid game defensively, as well. Holding Northwestern State to a total of 21 rushing yards on 13 carries. Buddy Johnson had four tackles and one TFL, along with Tyrel Dodson and his 4.
The one problem with the Aggies defense was their secondary. Although they were able to defend six passes, they had no interceptions. Worse than that, the Aggies allowed 230 yards through the air against a cupcake. While the SEC isn’t known for air-raid style teams like Texas Tech, struggling early like this should be a wake up call.
Next week, the Aggies play in arguably their most important game of the season at home against the Clemson Tigers. If the secondary doesn’t shape up, there will be a sad showing in College Station.