Mond, Texas A&M tops Ole Miss

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports -

COL­LEGE STA­TION, Texas (AP) — Af­ter Kellen Mond turned the ball over on Texas A&M's first two drives of the sec­ond half on Satur­day against Mis­sis­sippi, coach Jimbo Fisher thought about mak­ing a quar­ter­back change.

But af­ter look­ing into Mond's eyes, some­thing told him that he would bounce back. So, he stuck with him and the sopho­more re­bounded to lead the Ag­gies to four scor­ing drives af­ter his er­rors to give Texas A&M a 38-24 win.

"When you're the quar­ter­back you're go­ing to have those mo­ments of should I take him out? Should I not take him out? (But I) have faith in him," Fisher said. "He de­served the chance to go back in be­cause I knew the look in his eye and the com­peti­tor he was."

"That's what great play­ers do ... they're able to re­spond to that ad­ver­sity," Fisher con­tin­ued.

Mond threw TDs of 21, 10 and 5 yards and his touch­down run was a 1-yard scam­per in the first quar­ter.

Af­ter be­ing outscored 28-0 in the fourth quar­ter of con­sec­u­tive losses to Auburn and Mis­sis­sippi State, Texas A&M (6-4, 4-3 SEC) scored its first fourth-quar­ter points since Oct. 13 when Seth Smalls made it 24-21 with a 46-yard field goal early

in the pe­riod.

"We've had some tough times for two weeks in a row so we had to get that done," Fisher said.

Luke Lo­gan missed a 22-yard field goal with just more than seven min­utes left. Fisher called a time­out just be­fore the kick, which sailed wide right.

The Ag­gies pushed the lead to 10 points when Mond found Quar­t­ney Davis on a 5-yard touch­down pass with about five min­utes left.

Ole Miss (5-5, 1-5) got within a touch­down when Lo­gan made a 24-yard field goal with about two min­utes re­main­ing.

An on­side kick was called by Ole Miss af­ter that, but A&M re­cov­ered it and Wil­liams ran 46 yards for a touch­down on the next play to put the game out of reach.

"They kept their poise and ex­e­cuted," Fisher said.

Af­ter their re­cent strug­gles in the fourth quar­ter, the Ag­gies knew they couldn't let up af­ter they got the lead late on Satur­day.

"That was re­ally our main fo­cus ... in­stead of just fo­cus­ing on win­ning we wanted to dom­i­nate," Mond said.

Jor­dan Ta'amu threw for 373 yards and a touch­down for the Rebels, who lost their third straight game

and have won just one con­fer­ence game. A.J. Brown had 127 yards re­ceiv­ing and DaMarkus Lodge added 122 yards re­ceiv­ing with a touch­down.

"We couldn't get to a rhythm of­fen­sively; give those guys credit, they made the plays that we didn't," Ole Miss coach Matt Luke said.

Wil­liams had 31 car­ries for 228 yards in his sec­ond 200-yard game this sea­son to give him 1,159 this sea­son.

Wil­lie Hib­bler knocked the ball out of Mond's hands on the first se­ries of the sec­ond half and Zedrick Woods scooped it up and rum­bled 96 yards for a touch­down to make it 21-14.

Mond was in­ter­cepted by Ken Web­ster on Texas A&M's next drive, but the Rebels couldn't move the ball and punted it back.

The Ag­gies fi­nally put to­gether a clean drive af­ter that, driv­ing 72 yards in nine plays capped by a 10-yard touch­down re­cep­tion by Davis to tie it at 21-21.

Texas A&M led 7-0 when Ole Miss tied it on the first play of the sec­ond quar­ter when Ta'amu con­nected with Lodge on a 44-yard TD pass.

The Rebels took a 14-7 lead when Ta'amu scored on a 1-yard run later in the sec­ond

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