Texas A&M had a clear path to the College Football Playoff, but then they lost to Mississippi State.
The Aggies were expected to keep the Bulldogs at arms length the entire game and gird their loins as their schedule ramped up towards LSU at the end of the season. I believe this is what they call a trap game.
Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight went down in the first quarter of the game after running for a 19-yard touchdown and cutting an early 14-0 deficit in half. He left with a shoulder injury immediately after the score and the Aggies would struggle to score for the next three quarters.
As for why the defense struggled to stop the Bulldogs from scoring at will, A&M will have to search for answers. They gave up 365 yards and three touchdowns on the ground over the course of the game. While their pass defense forced two interceptions, the holes up front sank the boat for A&M
The Bulldogs went into the fourth quarter with a 28-14 lead before Texas A&M mounted a furious comeback.
The Aggies pulled to within a touchdown before giving up another score to the Bulldogs, effectively sealing their fate. The Aggies would score again and have the ball with :21 seconds to play but would throw an interception.