In what could be defined as a classic trap game, the Aggies survive sloppy play, injuries, and a feisty South Carolina team that just wouldn’t ever freaking die to move to 5-0 on the year. Here are a few quick thoughts:
1) JOHN CHAVIS
South Carolina started off the game by ripping off a 75 yard run down the sideline. Beyond that the A&M defense held South Carolina to 86 yards for the rest of the game. Time and time again the defense came up big and wouldn’t let South Carolina move the ball at all.
Perry Orth replaced Brandon McIlwain and threw for 138 yards to move the Gamecocks down the field but the Aggie defense was able to do their job and keep them from getting to the endzone.
2) WALKING WOUNDED
The Aggies were without key players, and it showed today. RSJ, Jermaine Eluemunor, Speedy Noil and Myles Garrett would have helped out significantly. We’re lucky to come out with a win.
3) SOUTH CAROLINA SHOOTING THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT
South Carolina is going to be kicking themselves after this game. Whether it be two missed field goals, or the muffed punt at the end of the game the opportunity was there to win the thing and they couldn’t capitalize. Great for us, bad for them.
4) AGGIE OFFENSE
Was disjointed today and could never get into a routine. It may have been what SC was doing schematically, but it seemed like the plan was to get the ball into Christian Kirk’s hands. Kirk finished with 12 grabs for 61 yards, but could never really get that big play going. Despite Trevor struggling a bit (23/40 for 206 with 1 INT and 1 fumble), we seemed hesitant to commit to the run until late in the game. Not a great offensive showing today, but good enough to win the game.
I’ll take a win on the road in the SEC however we can get it. Not a great game for the Aggies, but we’re 5-0 and move into a top 10 showdown next week at Kyle Field.