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By The Numbers: Aggies beat Mississippi State in 49-30 Catharsis

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WE NEEDED THAT

Mississippi State v Texas A&M Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

That was good. I mean, that was real, real good. We needed that performance like Paul Finebaum needs a cucumber mask and his Vivaldi playlist after six hours of filming on-set in Starkville. Fourteen points in each of the first three quarters, then an extra TD in the fourth for good measure. After the offense has slogged through a series of poor-to-middling outings against good and bad SEC teams, sealing the first win streak of the year in this fashion is exactly what the 2019 Aggies needed.

Here are some very good (for us) numbers:

433 yards of total offense

6.3 yards per carry

+3 turnover margin

0 turnovers

6/6 TDs in the red zone

8/11 on third downs (offense)

4/11 third downs (Mississippi State)

Kellen Mond looked more confident and at ease running the offense than he has in a while. The line was creating good running lanes, and the gameplan seemed very well schemed. 400 yards of offense isn’t spectacular, but it’s a sight better than what we’ve seen lately.

All three of the defense’s turnovers were orchestrated by the defensive backs. The secondary was heavily involved in blitz packages today. Great work by Elko and Linguist this week.

BONUS: True Freshmen Numbers

  • Wydermyer: 2 catches, 63 yards (52-yard TD)
  • Spiller: 90 yards rushing, 1 TD, 13 yards receiving
  • D. Richardson: 7 tackles (led team), 1 FF
  • Leal: 6 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 QBH

It’s a cliche we hear every year, but OUR YOUNG PLAYERS ARE REALLY GOOD.

No really, they are.

Enjoy your Saturdays, everyone. Some may complain about 11 a.m. kickoffs, but it sure is cathartic to get a 3-score division win under your belt with almost the entire rest of the slate in front of you. Enjoy LSU-Auburn, Notre Dame-Michigan, the beautiful weather, or whatever else your afternoon has in store for you.