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Texas A&M rebounds, defeats Ole Miss 38-24

The Aggies pulled ahead in the second half and hit the bowl eligibility mark.

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The Texas A&M Aggies bounced back from their woeful loss last week to the Auburn Tigers. The Aggies were able to go ahead late and defeat the Ole Miss Rebels, 38-24, to move to 6-4 on the season.

17 unanswered points in the second half helped put A&M in position to win. It started with a Quartney Davis touchdown reception from Kellen Mond to tie the game at 21. Then, Seth Small put the Aggies ahead 24-21 with a field goal from 46 yards out. After a six-play, 80-yard drive, Mond found Davis yet again in the end zone to put them up 31-21. Although the Rebels answered with a field goal after a nine-play, 68-yard drive, a 46-yard run by Trayveon Williams to paydirt helped to seal up the victory in the late stages of the 4th quarter.

The rout in the second half was the complete opposite of how things played out in the first half. The teams traded punches in the first and second quarters, ending in a 14-14 tie to go into the half. Kellen Mond scored first one-yard scamper, and that was followed up by a 44-yard reception by DaMarkus Lodge that ended in the end zone. Jordan Ta’amu then got a one-yard rushing touchdown to match Mond, but Camron Buckley scored on a 21-yard pass from Mond to even the scoring up.

It looked like Ole Miss had gathered control of the game in the 3rd quarter when Zedrick Woods scored on a 96-yard scoop ‘n’ score, but obviously, things fell apart after that.

A&M finished with a whopping 502 total yards and 27 first downs. They averaged 6.6 yards per play and 9.9 in the 4th quarter (so, they were basically getting a first down per play). Ole Miss by comparison had 440 total yards but 373 of them came through the air, as they had just 67 rushing yards. They had only 19 first downs and while they averaged 6.8 yards per play they only had 5.4 in the 4th quarter.

A&M will play the UAB Blazers next weekend before their final SEC showdown of the season against the LSU Tigers. Ole Miss, meanwhile, looks to stay afloat against the Vanderbilt Commodores and, of course, the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Egg Bowl.