Aggies aim to bounce back against Ole Miss
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.”
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.