OXFORD, Miss.-It looked like dim hope for the Aggies throughout the first half of the game as Ole Miss continued to answer score for score taking the lead every time allowing the Rebels to go into halftime ahead by a field goal, but the Aggies were able to dominate the entire second half and come away with a 31-24 win over the Rebels.
Ole Miss and Texas A&M opened the first half of Saturday evening’s game with big plays on both ends of the field and it had all the makings of an SEC shootout.
The Rebels and Aggies went back and forth on a scoring fest. Ole Miss was the first to put points up when Jordan Ta’amu’s 27-yard pass found A.J. Brown. The Aggies would answer with a 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended in a 1-yard rushing touchdown from Keith Ford. The Rebels took another shot as Jordan Wilkins took the ball 64 yards to the house. Damien Ratley was the next attacking score with a 10-yard pass from Nick Starkel.
After such a hot offensive start, the defenses turned up the heat. Texas A&M would force an Ole Miss fumble but Myles Hartsfield would get the ball right back to Ole Miss by forcing a Nick Starkel interception. After teams exchanged punts,
the Rebels would find the end zone again as Ta’amu found Braylon Sanders for a 30-yard touchdown pass.
As they had done in the first half, the Aggies responded with a 1-yard touchdown run by Starkel. A late 28-yard field goal from Gary Wunderlich sailed through the uprights and Ole Miss closed the first half leading 24-21.
The Aggies looked a little shaky opening the second half as they drove the ball down the field and kicker Daniel LaCamera missed at 45-yard field goal attempt, but a glimpse of hope for the Aggies came with a Derrick Tucker pick six giving Texas A&M their first lead of the game 28-24 over Ole Miss.
With momentum set by Texas A&M’s offense, the Aggie defense began to step it up a notch and continued to hold the Rebel defense back throughout the third quarter.
The fourth quarter proved to be a physical pull-and-tug between both teams until the Aggies finally sealed the deal with a 19-yard field goal from LaCamera to extend the lead 31-24 and eventually take the win.
The Aggies travel to Baton Rouge on November 25 to face off against LSU with a game time set for 6:30 p.m. CT.
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