Texas A&M defensive lineman Tyree Johnson (3) reacts after sacking New Mexico quarterback Terry Wilson (2) during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)

No. 15 Texas A&M host Mississippi State Saturday

The Texas A&M Aggies will host SEC opponent Mississippi State on Saturday at 7 p.m. Both teams will be looking for their first SEC win.

Texas A&M

The Aggies will attempt to bounce back from their loss to Arkansas last week. The loss was the teams first of the season.

Head Coach Jimbo Fisher had this to say about the team’s loss:

Arkansas jumped out to an early 17 point lead with just under 14 minutes left in the second quarter. The Razorbacks would only score three more points the rest of the game.

The Aggies defense gave up two big plays on back to back possessions that gave Arkansas a comfortable cushion. KJ Jefferson completed an 85 yard pass to Treylon Burks for a touchdown late in the first quarter.

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Jefferson would throw a 48-yard touchdown pass to AJ Green on the next possession.

After that, the Aggies defense seemed to figure it out. While they gave up 443 yards, the defense only gave up three points in the second half.

Aggies’ Offense Struggles

The Aggies were averaging about 28 points a game coming in to their matchup with Arkansas.

Zaza Calzada, who came in for injured starter Haynes King in week one against Kent State, had totaled 458 yards and four touchdowns before Saturday. After throwing an interception on his first pass attempt in week one, Calzada did enough for the Aggies to beat Colorado and New Mexico.

Arkansas was different. Calzada totaled just 151 passing yards. He was sacked three times and threw one interception.

Calzada has thrown three interceptions in four games.

The Aggies’ lone touchdown came in the third quarter when running back Isaiah Spiller broke free for 67 yards.

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As for the teams upcoming match up with Mississippi State, Fisher says his team is ready to respond from the loss.

Mississippi State

The Bulldogs are trying to get back in the win column. After starting the season 2-0, Mississippi state has dropped back to back games to teams with the nickname Tigers (Memphis and LSU).

The Bulldogs are also averaging about 28 points a game. Scoring is not the issue. Defensively, the team has struggled giving up 28 or more points in three of four games.

Quarterback Will Rogers has thrown for 1,454 yards with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. He carries much of the offensive load with his arm as the Bulldogs have totaled just 251 yards on the ground.

Last week, Rogers threw three touchdowns including a 26 yard pass to Makai Polk.

The sophomore will be in for a test, when the Bulldogs travel to College Station to face the Aggies at Kyle Field.

Head Coach Mike Leach said he understands his team is walking into a hostile environment a tough place to play.

However, he said he believes Rogers will be fine.

About Trey Johnson

Trey is a third year sports media major at the University of Florida, and a WRUF reporter.

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