Isaiah Spiller, Kellen Mond and Cordarrian Richardson all found the end zone on Saturday to help drive them to a 49-30 win. While they were outgained by the State rushing attack 239-207, and 6.3 yards per carry to 5.3, touchdowns were in favor of the Aggies in the form of a 4-1 advantage.
The Aggies did all this without a single 100-yard rusher. Spiller came close with 90 yards with a 4.1 YPC mark. Mond did too, as he had 76 yards on just nine rushes, which was good for 8.4 yards per carry, the most of any ball carrier on the day. Richardson had 28 yards on six carries, and Connor Blumrick got two carries for 13.
None could top Kylin Hill’s performance, as the star runner for State had 150 yards and a touchdown on merely 21 carries. Garrett Shrader rushed for 64 yards on 14 carries, and finally, Nick Gibson had 25 yards on three carries.
The aforementioned Mond also hustled in terms of passing. He went 17-of-23 on pass attempts for 234 yards, threw three touchdowns to three different receivers and had zero interceptions. The three pass catchers who hauled in touchdowns were Jhamon Ausbon, Kendrick Rogers and Jalen Wydermyer. Quartney Davis led in receptions with five, Spiller had a reception and Camron Buckley did, too.
A&M pitched a shutout in quarter No. 1. The Aggies led 14-0 after TDs were scored by Mond on the ground — one for one yard, another for 12. State drew closer with a Stephen Guidry touchdown reception off the arm of Shrader, but touchdowns by Ausbon and Rogers swelled A&M’s lead up to 28-7. State closed the half with a 33-yard field goal by Jace Christmann, but the damage would continue to be done.
Wydermyer’s 52-yard TD reception opened things up in the second half to raise the lead up to 35-10 in favor of the Aggies. State cut into the lead then thanks to a TD reception by Isaiah Zuber, but once again, the Aggies were quick to respond as Spiller ran in a four-yard touchdown. Hill found the end zone later on, as did Richardson, and a late touchdown by Zuber pushed it up to the final score of 49-30.
The Aggies are now 5-3 on the year and 3-2 in conference play. They should attain bowl eligibility with ease in their next game against the UTSA Roadrunners. But after that things will get dicey for them, as matchups against the South Carolina Gamecocks, Georgia Bulldogs and LSU Tigers loom.
On the other side of the coin, Mississippi State’s free fall continues. They’ve now lost four in a row and five of their last six, the lone win being against the Kentucky Wildcats last month. They’ll have a chance to get back on the winning side of things against the lowly Arkansas Razorbacks next week, but things won’t get too much better after that.