COLUMBIA, S.C. – Texas A&M has won three consecutive Southeastern Conference games, including two away from Kyle Field, but the Aggies (5-2, 3-1) have hardly dominated in doing so.
Save for time of possession – A&M absolutely is dominant in that category.
The Aggies more than doubled South Carolina in possession time on Saturday in the Aggies’ 26-23 victory (41:29 to 18:31), continuing a ball-hogging trend under first-year coach Jimbo Fisher.
“We wore down a little bit,” Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said of his defense being on the field too long against A&M.
The Aggies eased past Arkansas 24-17 in Arlington’s AT&T Stadium and eked past Kentucky 20-14 in overtime the past two weekends, to go with Saturday’s three-point victory, and each time A&M has overwhelmed its opposition in possession time.
It’s a testament to Fisher’s offense built on tight ends and fullbacks and bruising play – and one helping keep A&M’s budding defense off the field and fresh. A handful of observations from the Aggies’ fifth consecutive victory over South Carolina in the unheralded Battle for the Bonham Trophy:
Tight end Jace Sternberger is a hoss
The junior-college transfer and Fisher’s first signee had career highs in catches (seven) and yards (145) against South Carolina. The Gamecocks had no answer for the former Kansas – Kansas? – tight end.
Don’t forget Quartney Davis
The former Langham Creek standout has stepped up in a big way in the absence of the injured Jhamon Ausbon, and also had career highs in catches (nine) and yards (127). A&M quarterback Kellen Mond said Davis “knows he needs to win his matchups, and that’s what he did tonight.” Indeed.
Too many miscues
Fisher knows the Aggies won’t keep up their winning ways if they mess up as often as they did against South Carolina. A&M had 12 penalties for 117 yards, including ejections of defensive backs Debione Renfro and Donovan Wilson for targeting (Wilson’s third such ejection this season).
Fisher said “that’s not us” in terms of all the mistakes, and at least the Aggies have the next couple of weeks to work on it. They’re off this weekend before resuming SEC play on Oct. 27 at Mississippi State.
Actually the Aggies are not, they just seem like it after causing two turnovers against South Carolina, therefore doubling their amount of turnovers created in the first six games of the season. Cornerback Charles Oliver intercepted a Jake Bentley pass in the end zone and punter Braden Mann – the punter? – caused a fumble on a return that special teams whiz Tyrel Dodson recovered.
A&M now has caused four turnovers this season, still last in the SEC but, hey, it’s a start. At least the Aggies hope.
The Aggies wore stickers on their helmets paying their respects to the areas hit earlier this week by Hurricane Michael – a noble gesture and one the folks of South Carolina and beyond (primarily Florida) certainly appreciated. A&M linebacker Otaro Alaka called it a “pretty cool” thing to do, and he’s right. A&M head equipment manager Matt Watson and crew are warriors when it comes to such things.
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