The drop was just a foreshadow of what was to come for A&M's offense in a frustrating 35-14 loss to Mississippi State Saturday night at Kyle Field.
"Six wins means to our teams and our guys that you are rewarded with one more game", Mullen said.
"We didn't do enough offensively in the first half to really get things done and keep the game where it needed to be", Sumlin said.
Fitzgerald still led the team, going 12-21 through the air for 141 yards and two touchdowns, and then rushing 18 times for 114 yards for one touchdown, but the running backs as a committee took pressure off Fitzgerald all night long.
Mond went down after a roughing the passer penalty in the fourth quarter, leading the way for redshirt freshman Nick Starkel entering the game under center. "Today, we executed cleaner early in the game despite throwing an interception on a tipped ball". The Bulldog defense forced an Aggie three-and-out.
That said, Mississippi State is 5-2 straight up and 5-2 at the betting window. Nick Fitzgerald got MSU on the board late in the first quarter with a 2-yard touchdown keeper to cap a 16-play, 86-yard drive.
A year earlier Fitzgerald had blasted 74 yards for a touchdown on the Bulldogs' first play from scrimmage in an eventual 35-28 MSU victory in Starkville, Miss., that squashed the national-title hopes of A&M, slotted fourth in the initial College Football Playoff rankings last season. They'll be put to the ultimate test on November 11 at home against Alabama, but first up for MSU is MA at Davis-Wade Stadium. Texas A&M is 5-2 on the year and 5-1-1 against the spread, so the Aggies have been good to bettors. State led 21-0. Texas A&M answered on the next drive with its first score of the night, a direct snap to back Keith Ford for a 1-yard score that capped a 76-yard jaunt by the Aggies. The visitors have won in each of the five previous games as SEC West opponents.
Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald played like the polished veteran he is, while Kellen Mond seemed timid on the big stage.
"Credit to our defensive line, they were giving us a lot of pressure on the quarterback, and we were just doing what we were supposed to do on the back end", McLaurin said. "We reevaluated where we were as a team, and since then we've played pretty well".
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