Ag­gies face Ole Miss af­ter 2 losses

The Sun Herald - - 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 SEC) 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 turn the ball over in the red zone. We’ve got to do the lit­tle things it takes to win in this league.”

TA’AMU’s HEALTH: Mis­sis­sippi quar­ter­back Jor­dan Ta’amu, who leads the SEC in yards pass­ing, was lim­ited in prac­tice this week af­ter hurt­ing his foot against the Game­cocks. Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Phil Longo said he should be ready to go on Satur­day. If things change and he can’t play against the Ag­gies, the Rebels will look to true fresh­man Matt Cor­ral, who has ap­peared in three games this sea­son.

“If we need him, Matt’s the guy, but I think Jor­dan is go­ing to be fine,” Luke said.

STAND­ING BY MOND:

Fisher was asked if he was be­hind quar­ter­back Kellen Mond af­ter the sopho­more threw an in­ter­cep­tion and lost a fum­ble in last week’s loss.

“One-thou­sand per­cent,” Fisher said. He then added that many fac­tors played into his tough per­for­mance against South Carolina.

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 so far.

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