Texas A&M went into the Texas Bowl shorthanded, and things got even worse when starting QB Jaylen Henderson was knocked out on the first play of the game. The Aggies clawed their way back, but ultimately came up just short in a 31-23 loss to No. 20 Oklahoma State.
Here are some stats that told the tale of the game.
- 0%: Chances that Jimbo Fisher will be coaching this team next season. Ultimately that’s what matters most. As frustrating as recent seasons have been, a new coaching staff brings hope of meaningful change for Texas A&M football.
- 3: Touchdown-less red zone appearances. In a game that was decided by eight points, the Aggies left even more of that on the table by settling for two red zone field goals in the first half and a gut-punch of a fumble by Amari Daniels inside the 5 in the 4th quarter. Like so many of their losses this season, this game easily could have swung in the Aggies’ favor if they were able to take better advantage of their scoring opportunities.
- 12th: Man Sam Mathews had a monster night. Filling in at safety for the injured Jacoby Mathews, Sam led the Aggies in tackles with 14, including 11 solo tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. He also had a pass breakup and an interception that kept the Aggies in the game late.
THE 12TH MAN WITH THE INTERCEPTION!— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) December 28, 2023
- <50: Scholarship players for A&M. To say the Aggies were shorthanded was an understatement, missing 8 of 11 starters on defense and 6 of 11 starters on offense (plus other depth pieces), it was always going to be a challenge to pull off the win in this one.
- 137: Receiving yards for A&M’s Jahdae Walker. With the departure of Ainias Smith to graduation and Evan Stewart to the transfer portal, A&M needs a wideout to step up and be the clear No. 1 option. The former Grand Valley State transfer appears poised for that role heading into 2024.
- 361: Passing yards for A&M QB Marcel Reed. That’s the most for an A&M QB this season. While a lot of that was dictated by game script and the fact that the Aggie run game was largely ineffective, Reed showed some real poise and ability. The future appears bright at the QB position.
- 402: Oklahoma State passing yards. The secondary was a weakness all season for the Aggies, and that was only exacerbated by the departures of Tyreek Chappell and Deuce Harmon to the transfer portal. The Pokes seemingly were able to find receivers at will for the better part of the game.
- 55,212: Announced attendance. While that’s obviously nowhere close to capacity, it was honestly a better crowd than I think most expected, and was Aggie-heavy. It’s the highest attendance for a Texas Bowl since before the COVID-19 pandemic.