COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - Kevin Sumlin needed a win on Saturday. He got one, but it wasn't pretty.
The Aggies had to rely on a 10 point burst late in the 4th quarter to finally pull away from Nicholls State and give Sumlin his 45th win on the Texas A&M Sideline.
"There is no such thing as a bad win, not at this level," Sumlin said. I think we learned more about our team tonight than if we would have won by five or six touchdowns."
What Sumlin and his staff may have learned was who their quarterback will be moving forward. Senior Jake Hubenak entered the game in the second half and had success moving the football.
"I think the guys did a great job of responding when I got in the game," Hubenak said. Its not always easy switching quarterbacks, but I think the guys did a great job of responding to it."
They also learned that the running back stable includes a third talented back. Sophomore Kendall Bussey found the end zone for the first time in his young Aggie career, amassing 97 yards on 15 carries.
"Kendall is a guy that has been around here and really waited his time and I think what you saw tonight was a guy that had his opportunity and did the most with it which gives us a third guy that we need," Sumlin said.
Of course, do it all wide receiver Christian Kirk was steady as usual. He caught Kellen Mond's first career touchdown pass, and became just the 4th Texas A&M receiver to make 170 catches.
"We all knew, just how we needed to respond. And the chip on our shoulder that we had, (after the UCLA loss) we all just told each other as a team that that is never going to happen again," Kirk said. That's part of changing the culture and that's what we're trying to do around here is change the culture and make sure we're finishing football games."
The Aggies finished the game this week. They'll look to do the same next week against Louisiana-Lafayette.