Yesterday was a refutation of all the frustrated hopes and shortcomings that have been plaguing this team for so long. Coming up just short in one area, making one crucial mistake in another...something incredibly avoidable costing us a close game against top competition. Yesterday all those things tried to rise up again and bite us in the ass, but this team got tough when it mattered and saw the thing through. This was Jimbo Fisher’s catharsis, his much-needed calling card as an SEC head coach trying to justify being at the top of the moneypile. Yesterday he shook off all those pesky demons and carved out a nice win over a very good Florida Gator team. True, it’s only the first step into building a top-tier program, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy this win for a couple days.
This is the number that leaps out on the box score. The offensive line heading into this game had put together a pretty good protection package, only allowing one sack through the first two games. Florida’s defense had 8 sacks coming into yesterday. Something had to give, and this time it wasn’t your Aggie offensive line, despite Florida’s creative blitz packages. They kept Kellen Mond’s jersey spotless in the passing game and leaned hard on the Gator front seven in the second half to win the game. Zero sacks allowed and 205 rushing yards rolled up on a top-five SEC team is proof that victory starts in the trenches.
Buddy Johnson. Another double-digit tackle day (11) including one for loss and the crucial forced fumble in the fourth quarter that led to the Aggies taking the lead.
DeMarvin Leal. Might as well point out who recovered the fumble and returned it for a nifty gain of two yards. #2 was in Kyle Trask’s grill all day and had a huge impact on this game.
Seth Small hit short field goals as time expired in each half. Pressure is a construct of the mind.
I hesitate to research this too thoroughly, but I’ve heard this is the highest-ranked opponent we’ve taken down at Kyle Field since our current freshmen were infants. Again, this probably can’t be true (unless it is)
Wydermyer was a machine as usual, hauling in five catches for 50+ yards. If Spiller was the face of the offense yesterday, the tight end was the backbone.
6.4 yards per carry
27 rushes, 174 yards, 2 touchdowns, and one severe trucking that’s going to result in some poor Florida defender getting roasted crispier than a brisket end left on the pit after a tailgate once they dig into the film. Run The Damn Ball With Isaiah Spiller 2020.
Catches for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns. A wild Kaleb Chapman has emerged.
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Third-down conversions. What is this, the BIG TWE10VE? lololol
Mond’s passing total launched him into first place all-time among Aggie QBs in passing yards. Pretty good way to set the record.
This picture. Nice work, guys.