Texas A&M narrowly escaped the UL-Monroe Warhawks in College Station on Saturday. The Aggies, donning their 1939 National Championship throwback uniforms, looked both pretty and ugly on the field against the feisty Warhawks. A&M looked glorious in those old school uniforms, but seemed out of sync offensively and defensively.
Aggie true freshman quarterback Kyle Allen had his ups and downs in his first collegiate start after winning the job from Kenny Hill this week. The gunslinger was rated No. 1 on ESPN’s list of pocket passers in the 2014 recruiting class. Allen finished the game going 13-26 for 106 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. In regards to Kenny Hill, he was inactive for the game due to suspension — he will be suspended for at least two weeks after violating team rules as well as athletic department policy. This is Hill’s second suspension; he was also suspended in the spring for public intoxication.
After taking a 21-7 lead late in the second quarter, the Aggies failed to score in the second half. The Warhawks rallied nicely in the second frame without letting A&M score a single point, yet still lost the contest 21-16.
Both the Aggies and Warhawks entered Saturday’s game on three-game losing streaks. A&M broke that streak today without much flare, but it still leaves a good feeling in the stomachs of Aggie fans after a disastrous 59-0 loss to Alabama two weeks ago in Tuscaloosa. That being said, the brutal SEC West ride will continue next Saturday as A&M travels to Auburn to square off against the No. 3 Tigers, fresh off a gigantic road win in Oxford, Mississippi on Saturday night. The Tigers beat the Ole Miss Rebels in a 35-31 thriller that did not disappoint.
The bright spots for the Aggies came from two true freshman stars. Offensively, wide receiver and punt returner, Speedy Noil, showed just as much speed as he did elusiveness with the football. He highlighted his day with a magnificent catch for a touchdown in the first half — the ball was tipped on a deep pass from Allen, yet Noil reeled it in with tremendous patience. On the other side of the football, defensive tackle, Myles Garrett, punished the UL-Monroe front line while going off for 4 1/2 sacks. On the day, Garrett surpassed Jadeveon Clowney’s SEC freshman record with a total of 12 sacks on the year — Clowney had a now-measly eight sacks as a freshman at South Carolina.
Kyle Allen will make his second career start at quarterback for the Aggies next Saturday in Auburn. He will have to play much better for Texas A&M 6-3 (2-3) to have any chance of upsetting the mighty Tigers. After the Auburn game, the Aggies will finish their season at Kyle Field in College Station versus the Missouri Tigers and LSU Tigers in successive weeks. Yes, they will have to fend off nothing but Tigers in the last 3 weeks of their up and down football season.
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