Ag­gies aim to bounce back against Ole Miss

Texarkana Gazette - - SPORTS - By Kristie Rieken

COL­LEGE STA­TION, Texas— Af­ter los­ing two straight games fol­low­ing a three-game win­ning streak, Texas A&M will try to fin­ish bet­ter on Sat­ur­day against Mis­sis­sippi.

The Ag­gies (5-4, 3-3 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) have been outscored 28-0 in the fourth quar­ter of losses at Mis­sis­sippi State and Auburn.

“It dis­ap­points me like it does ev­ery­one else in that you know that you’re very close,” coach Jimbo Fisher said.

Fisher likes the way the Ag­gies have adapted to his coach­ing style this sea­son since he took over for Kevin Sum­lin, who was fired last No­vem­ber. But he says his team still must de­velop the kind of habits that elite teams pos­sess.

“There’s a men­tal­ity that goes with things like that that I think we have to learn,” Fisher said. “I’m not dis­ap­pointed as far as the way their ef­fort is. It’s just that we have to keep learn­ing, we have to keep teach­ing in what we’re do­ing … there’s an­other level men­tal­ity-wise and psy­cho­log­i­cal dis­po­si­tion that we have to un­der­stand and be com­fort­able at.”

Texas A&M will face an Ole Miss team look­ing to snap a skid. The Rebels (5-4, 1-4) en­ter the game af­ter drop­ping their last two. Ole Miss led by 3 en­ter­ing the fourth quar­ter last week against South Carolina be­fore fall­ing 48-44.

“It’s the at­ten­tion to de­tail that gets us over the hump,” coach Matt Luke said. “I think those guys un­der­stand that. They’re not happy about los­ing, and they’re hurt­ing. If you want to win games in this league, the at­ten­tion to de­tail has to be there. We can’t give up ex­plo­sive plays. We can’t turn the ball over in the red zone. We’ve got to do the lit­tle things it takes to win in this league.”

CLOS­ING IN

Mis­sis­sippi re­ceiver A.J. Brown needs just 63 yards to be­come the school’s all-time lead­ing re­ceiver. He has 920 yards re­ceiv­ing this sea­son to give him 2,584 and put him in third place in school his­tory and within strik­ing dis­tance of the school’s lead­ing re­ceiver Shay Hodge, who piled up 2,646 yards re­ceiv­ing from 2006-09. Brown, who is pro­jected to be a top-10 pick in next year’s draft, has four 100yard re­ceiv­ing games this sea­son and has scored five touch­downs.

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