Texas A&M ral­lies to beat Louisiana-Lafayette

Texarkana Gazette - - SPORTS -

COL­LEGE STA­TION, Texas —Texas A&M needed a se­cond-half come­back to de­feat Louisiana-Lafayette 45-21 on Satur­day at Kyle Field.

The Ra­gin' Ca­juns (1-2) led 21-14 at half­time be­fore the Ag­gies scored 31 con­sec­u­tive points en route to the vic­tory, one pre­serv­ing em­bat­tled coach Kevin Sum­lin's job for at least an­other week.

“We just talked about that in the locker room, that we were like two dif­fer­ent teams,” Sum­lin said of the Ag­gies' Jekyll and Hyde show­ing. “We're a work in progress.”

Af­ter much of the first half went wrong for A&M, the third quar­ter went en­tirely right, as the Ag­gies (2-1) scored 17 points in that span to grab the lead for good.

“In the se­cond half they made some ad­just­ments, they put a lot of peo­ple in the box to stop the run,” Ca­juns coach Mark Hud­speth said. “They were de­ter­mined to make us throw the foot­ball to win the game, and we just didn't have that of­fen­sive rhythm in the se­cond half that we had in the first half.”

Fresh­man Ag­gies quar­ter­back Kellen Mond, in be­gin­ning to live up to his pre­sea­son hype as a five-star prospect, col­lected a five-yard touch­down run and threw a 12-yard touch­down pass to fel­low fresh­man Cam­ron

Buck­ley in the de­ci­sive third quar­ter.

“He's got­ten bet­ter,” Sum­lin said of Mond. “He's more com­fort­able, and he's more as­sertive.”

Sum­lin is on the hot seat af­ter the Ag­gies have lost six con­sec­u­tive games to Power Five op­po­nents, dat­ing to last sea­son and in­clud­ing A&M blow­ing a 34-point lead against UCLA in this year's sea­son opener. The Ag­gies have re­sponded with two con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries, but also needed to break open a 14-14 tie against Ni­cholls State last week be­fore pre­vail­ing 24-14.

“We still have a lot of work to do this week, we can't be con­tent with what hap­pened to­day,” said A&M safety Ar­mani Watts, who col­lected two of the Ag­gies' three in­ter­cep­tions. “We just played with more emo­tion in the se­cond half. You can't play this game with­out emo­tion. We stuck with it and knew our of­fense would come through.”

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