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A&M vs. Bacon 2020 -- Log of Mond Passes

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Mmmmmm... Bacon... We definitely cooked the pigs. It smells so good. When was the last time we saw 6 straight TD drives? Missouri 2012? (And no, I'm not counting the kneeldown at the end of the 2nd as a "drive").

Home Mond was cracklin'! (Vanderbilt is erased from history.) He was accurate, efficient, no turnovers passing or running, had more progressions, and overall looked comfortable. We have some ballers on the Receiving Corps and RB's. I wouldn't want to try and tackle Spiller or Wydermeyer. Good luck catching Smith or Achane as they ran like greased wild boars. Lane could take punches from Mike Tyson and laugh. Both Smith and Spiller left a lot of squealing jock-straps on the field.

Great to see Hez back, although we didn't see any of Kam Brown (or Demas - I'm not saying anything else about this since I don't know any of the backstory).

Did I say it already... NO TURNOVERS. Piggies' wins have been the result of plentiful turnovers and we didn't give them any freebies. We put the ball on the turf twice, but both were caused by the ground.

Pass protection was impeccable. Mond did scramble 2x in the third quarter although he wasn't under heavy duress. There were a few penalties on the OLine, although at least one if not two of the "holding" calls were b/c the defenders were being overwhelmed. Really inconsistent SEC Officiating, but what's new? (Oh, and thanks for another BS targeting - we thought y'all had forgotten about us.)

Mond ran a little more which would help freeze the LB's later in the game on some of the zone reads. This is a necessary part of the offense if we are only going to use 1 RB at a time. I'd rather see some more 2 RB sets, but this is a close substitute.

The stats are a study of consistency and accuracy, not gaudy, for Mond. 21/26, 260 yards, 3 TDs that were all on him (with a little help from Smith on YAC). He led the offense and was instrumental in its performance. Not everything was perfect and we got away with a couple mistakes, but they were few and far between. JFF missed reads all the time. Every QB does. Like I said, I'm only studying what Mond is doing, so would need to do the same to every QB to see how they perform. If I have time, I'm going to go and analyze a game by Mac Jones or Trevor Lawrence and see how they compare.

Balance was a great key to success. Running set up Play Action. Long passes set up runs. Really good gameplan and execution. PLEASE let us see this the rest of the season.

Table again below. I added the Mond runs since they were part of his offense. Video references here from Woodlands Aggie.

Pass #

Time of Game (Q/Clock)

Time on Video

Result

Pass Yds

YAC

Target

Read

Coverage

Pressure

# Rush

Comment

1

1

13:49

0.47

COMP

4

0

Wyder.

1

Tight

None

4

Threw into double coverage when 4 other receivers were open. I didn't like this read.

2

1

13:10

1.00

INC

10

N/A

Wyder.

1

Tight

Some

6

Again threw to tight coverage. Batted down by Defender.

1

8:09

4.25

RPO

N/A

10

--

Mond keeps. LBs followed Spiller. Good read/run.

1

7:34

4.38

OPTION

N/A

1

--

Kept on the option. 8 in the Box on Def, LB's pursued well.

3

1

6:55

4.51

COMP

-5

9

Spiller

1

None

None

3

First Read, but Mond's eyes downfield helped draw attention. I like this.

4

1

6:13

5.05

COMP

15

0

Jones

2?

Tight

None

3

Halloween pass (SCARY). Behind Jones, but if he was led, it would have been INT. Not sure if brilliant or lucky. 3 seconds to throw. I think this was the 2nd read.

5

1

5:02

5.55

COMP

7

0

Jones

1

None

None

5

Slant. No coverage at all in soft zone.

6

1

4:06

6.28

COMP

25

10

Smith

2

Light

None

4

TOUCHDOWN. Play Action. Spiller CRITICAL in pass protection. I think this was 2nd read. Gaps in the Zone. Smith did the rest. Perfect throw.

1

2:56

8.31

QB RUN

N/A

3

--

Design Run. LB slipped through block. Spiller downfield blocking well. Can't say enough about Spiller blocking.

1

1:32

8.57

INC-PI

4

N/A

Jones

1

Tight

None

3

PASS INTERFERENCE. Threw into tight coverage. Smith and Wydermeyer were better options.

7

1

1:26

9.39

COMP

12

3

Lane

2?

Light

None

3

TARGETING - Threw between 4 defenders (soft in zone). Really nice throw. When rushing 3, there are a lot of DB's.

8

2

12:18

14.05

INC

12

NA

Wyder.

1

Tight

Some

4

Almost INT. PA. Really dangerous throw. 2 defenders had a shot at this as it was thrown low over the top of zone. Worst throw of the day.

9

2

11:41

15.06

COMP

-1

5

Smith

1

None

None

3

Inside Screen. OL released

10

2

10:59

15.20

COMP

11

3

Wyder.

1

Light

None

5

Delayed LB "blitz". No pressure on Mond. No defenders within 10 yards. Easy pitch/catch. Refs bailed out 3 Pigs trying to tackle Wyd.

11

2

9:05

17.24

INC

5

N/A

Jones

2

Light

None

3

Dropped. Came down to 2nd read, but he had a lot of time. No pressure when thrown. A little more patience could have let receivers release.

12

2

8:59

17.34

COMP

17

3

Wyder.

1

Tight

Some

3

3rd & 17. Soft spot in the zone for Wyd. He got blasted, but held on. Wyd is one tough dude. Good to see the vacuum back.

13

2

6:49

19.10

COMP

4

0

Wyder.

1

Tight

Heavy

4

TOUCHDOWN. Ohmygosh we got a corner fade to work. First of the year. Good matchup with Wyd and a 3'10" CB who didn't turn around. Throw a little low, but good enough.

14

2

4:07

23.14

COMP

6

4

Jones

1

None

None

4

PA. Bootleg away from OL.

2

3:07

23.37

SCRAM

N/A

2

Heavy

4

Rolled into presure. OL blocked to the right. Mond stayed in middle and pressure moved into him. Scrambled out for a couple yards. Not in danger of being sacked.

15

2

2:30

23.51

COMP

8

0

Jones

2

Tight

Some

3

SCARY. Mond had to slide right. Didn't set feet. Throw into double-coverage.

2

2:08

24.05

SCRAM

N/A

14

Some

3

PA bootleg. One DL escaped and got some pressure; Mond not in danger of being sacked . Good scramble.

16

2

1:57

24.54

COMP

25

7

Wyder.

2

Light

None

3

Good Progression. Threw between 3 defenders in coverage.

17

3

9:07

36.25

COMP

9

0

Jones

2?

Light

Some

4

3rd & 8. Good Progression. Some backside pressure, found the open man over the middle.

18

3

7:53

36.55

COMP

10

1

Smith

1

Light

None

4

Tough SOB. Slant to Smith. Similar to fumble in FL game, but held onto the ball. Hit by 4 DBs.

19

3

7:13

37.09

COMP

20

7

Lane

1

None

Some

4

Didn't step into the throw perfectly with pressure collapsing pocket, but got it on target in the soft part of zone.

20

3

6:36

37.26

COMP

-3

2

Smith

1

None

None

4

Jet Sweep. Didn't like this call.

21

3

6:03

37.40

COMP

9

0

Lane

1

Light

None

4

WR Out. Easy pitch / catch.

22

3

5:29

37.56

COMP

15

0

Wyder.

1

Light

Some

6

TD. PA froze LB. Delayed the blitz. Some pressure, but not close to a sack. Threw to where blitzers vacated. Nice play call for the blitz.

23

3

3:32

40.38

INC

13

NA

Jones

1

Light

None

3

Caught out of bounds. Keyed in on Jones and threw him out of bounds.

24

3

3:27

40.50

COMP

2

0

Smith

1

Tight

Some

5

Blitz coming in. OL and Spiller picked up (watch him switch sides to do so). Mond panicked a little. He had time.

25

3

2:42

41.02

COMP

10

3

Smith

1

Light

Heavy

5

3rd & 7. Smith and Lane were open, double slants.

26

4

INC

Jones

I don't care. 4th quarter didn't exist.

CONCLUSIONS:

1. Home Mond was in the house. Between FL and Arky, the two best performances overall that we've seen from Mond in his career. No turnovers. No penalties caused by delays or false starts. Accuracy overall very good. This game was about consistency. Mond cooked the pork-ribs perfectly throughout the game (first 3 quarters when it mattered). Marinated, smoked, dripping off the bone consistency. Even when we had penalties, we overcame them. Big 3rd down conversions. Just wow. Exactly what is needed for a successful team.

The only "complaints" I can make is that he started slowly again (first series was meh with some questionable reads), and I think Mond still hurried a couple of other randomly interspersed reads. He had a lot of time, but still threw into his first read when it wasn't the greatest option and he had more time to look. He had time because...

2. O-Line outstanding again. No sacks. Almost perfectly clean pocket. Very few pressures. Arky gave a lot of 3-man rushes, dropping 8, so Mond's ability to find open receivers was good. It also made the Oline look good in pass protection. If they were bad in run protection, I'd say the OLine was successful on scheme alone, but the rushing efficiency means the OLine was just good.

  • 3-man rush :: 0 - 11 success for heavy rush
  • 4-man rush :: 2 - 10
  • 5-man rush :: 1 - 4
  • 6-man rush :: 0 - 2 (including TD)

Special honorable mention to ISAIAH SPILLER as an honorary OT. He saved Mond's hams several times (see pass #6 and #24).

I've said it before, and will say it again. The O-Line won the game. Kept Mond safe, opened holes for our suddenly deep RB's. How we went from last-year's disaster to this year's success is incredible. If they continue to gel, we could be a very dangerous offense heading into the playoffs (see what I did there?).

3. Arky dropped a lot in coverage all night, but mostly seemed to play a zone. I think our receivers were able to get open the most they have all year.

4. New observation - Mond seems to be looking straight down the field more at the snap, THEN turning to his chosen receiver. Not sure this is a "second read" or not, but definitely isn't looking directly at the receiver the entire play every time. This appears to be something new and maybe enough to freeze the LB's or safeties for a half-second (which for Smith is about 40 yards of space). Which leads to...

5. More downfield passing. Again, I think this has to do with the soft zone that Arky was playing. A 3-man line should have eliminated a lot of passing lanes, but I think their LB's were too slow for our slots and TE's. We had better athletes than they did and it showed.

  • 10/13 on passes greater than 10 yards? Is that possible? Was this Ryan Tannehill in a Kellen Mond costume
  • With longer passes, means fewer YACs. Only 22% of Mond's passing yardage was YAC. That's a pro-style offense, folks.
  • We did execute an end zone fade touchdown! This time to Wydermeyer with a nice touch on the ball. Looks like Mond has been working on this.

6. Of course I'm going to be critical about something - A few reads could have been better. Pass #1 into double coverage when there were 2 better options. #2, #4, #8, #15 were passes that probably shouldn't have been thrown. One incompletion was thrown out of bounds to Jones. It's hard to complain about these, but they are higher risk passes when there were some better options.

7. Receiver options were still fairly limited. 5 options throughout the game, only one drop.

  • Spiller (1/1)
  • Jones (5/8)
  • Lane (3/3)
  • Smith (5/5)
  • Wydermeyer (6/8)

8. Have to again mention the 2 runs by Spiller in the 3rd period which were magical.

2:16, 41.18 Juked 3 people. Beautiful. #10 was looking for a penny. #15 grasping for air.

1:42, 41.34 Left #21 on the field. He's still there. RIP.

    Also Spiller's spike in the end zone after his touchdown apparently riled up a bunch of piglets who thought it should be a penalty. So that makes me even happier.

I would have rather seen more effort in the 4th quarter. We already have a problem with taking a few series off on defense per game. I would REALLY like to see a full 4 quarter performance where we're focused, successful and kicking their asses. I am pretending our 4th quarter didn't exist because it seems like the coaches didn't either.

Also, had our defense not taken a few series off, we likely could have seen King, Demas, Moose, and some others. Maybe someday we'll have that killer instinct. I think the way games are ended translate into how the next game starts, so that worries me; SoCar is another team hungry to finally beat us, this time in THEIR home. SoCar beat UGA last year on a weird set of circumstances, so they can definitely take down higher ranked teams. Not like anything crazy happened like that this last weekend.

I've lived overseas about half my life. The one thing every person who cooks food "on the road" asks to be delivered or shipped to them is home-spices. Can we please bottle up this "Home Mond" spice / rub or whatever it is and ship to SoCar and other road sites? We need him to be this consistent everywhere.

#BTHOChicken

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