Auburn 26, Texas A&M 10: What We Learned
Three key takeaways from the Aggies' loss to the Tigers.
Texas A&M flopped in its game against SEC rival Auburn, falling 26-10 in College Station. What did we learn? DCTF intern Thomas Bingham breaks it down.
Not a hot start for the defense
The Aggies were exposed by the run throughout the opening quarter, and that included 75 rushing yards for Jovon Robinson, and 91 by Auburn. The final three quarters were a different animal, but the Aggies’ run defense was shaky at best. Auburn did not score a touchdown after its opening two drives, but the Aggies kept allowing big time runs in the second half. Those plays set up Auburn’s four field goals. Robinson finished with 159 rushing yards, and the Tigers finished with 311.
A&M had four extended drives in Auburn territory, but it only came away with three first-half points. Kyler Murray made critical mistakes at the end of each drive. Taylor Bertolet nailed a 50-yard field goal on the Aggies’ opening drive, but Murray threw two interceptions in enemy territory. On the final appearance, a couple nice runs by Tra Carson set up a second and one at the Auburn 23. James White filled the role on the next two runs, but he was stopped for no gain. Kevin Sumlin did not settle for points on fourth down, which would’ve cut the late first half deficit to a one possession game. Instead, Murray called his own number, and picked up nothing on the play.
Who’s the quarterback?
Aggie Nation is frustrated. They want to find the offense’s train conductor. Two possessions separated the teams for the majority of the game but the Aggies couldn’t cut into the deficit. Murray was under center for most of the night, but he couldn’t finish the second scoring drive because he suffered a head injury. Jake Hubenak replaced Murray, who never returned, and finished the drive with a touchdown pass to Speedy Noil. The team got shutout on its next drive, and Hubenak overthrew his receiver on fourth and 14 late in the game. In case you’re wondering, Kyle Allen did not take a snap in tonight’s loss.