The Texas A&M Aggies (5-1, 2-1) cannot be rattled late in games, especially if those games are played in Oxford, Miss. For the second-straight season, Johnny Manziel led A&M to a fourth-quarter comeback win over the Ole Miss Rebels.
There were plenty of ups and downs last week. From a brief scare when Manziel went down with a knee injury, to a couple of key turnovers in the second half, to a defense that couldn’t get off the field and even a missed field goal, there were plenty of obstacles that could have prevented the Aggies from winning. But this team was not yet ready to suffer their first road loss under Kevin Sumlin.
Instead, when all the chips were on the table, A&M made key plays in all three phases to escape victorious. The defense got a three-and-out on Ole Miss’ final possession to force a punt. The offense moved the ball into field-goal range for the winning kick and, after missing a first-quarter field goal, kicker Josh Lambo drilled a 33-yarder as time expired.
Last year, the Aggies had to overcome six turnovers and crawl out of a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to escape with a 30-27 win. What both instances showed is that the Aggies have tremendous poise when it comes to playing from behind and making plays with the game on the line.
The Alabama game earlier this season provides another example of said poise. A&M found itself down 35-14 in the third quarter against the top-ranked Crimson Tide. But the Aggies exploded for 21 fourth-quarter points and fell just short of pulling off an amazing comeback, losing 49-42.
What to look for in Week 8: The same number of points as last year’s game at Auburn but a much closer result. In 2012, the Aggies and Tigers combined for a whopping 84 points, but the game wasn’t even close, as A&M won easily, 63-21. This year, Auburn is much improved on both sides of the ball, but especially offensively. No team appears equipped to stop A&M’s offense, yet the Aggies’ defense doesn’t appear equipped to stop any team. Expect a close, high-scoring shootout.