Texas A&M Postgame Notes after beating Ole Miss

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About the win
+ It was Texas A&M’s second SEC victory and the Aggies’ first-ever road SEC victory.
+ The Aggies rallied from 10 points down with 6:28 remaining in the fourth quarter for a 30-27 road victory.
+ It was the eighth straight road victory by a Kevin Sumlin-coached team. The last loss for Sumlin on the road came in the season finale of 2010 vs. Texas Tech in Lubbock.
about the comeback
+ It was Texas A&M’s largest fourth quarter comeback since rallying from 14 down in the final stanza to beat FIU in 2010. FIU entered the fourth quarter with a 20-6 lead over the Aggies at Kyle Field.
+ The Aggies’ six turnovers were the most since A&M had six turnovers in a 62-14 loss to Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., in 2009.
+ A&M hasn’t been victorious in a game with six turnovers since at least prior to the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996.
+ Junior RB Ben Malena’s 59-yard TD run early in the first quarter was a season-long rush for the Aggies, and Malena’s career long effort.
+ Malena had his career-best rushing game with 142 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. His previous high rushing game was an 88-yard game earlier this season against South Carolina State.
+ Also reaching a career high in rushing was redshirt freshman QB Johnny Manziel, who gained 129 yards on 20 carries.
+ It was the first time since last year’s Iowa State game that the Aggies have had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game. Against the Cyclones, Christine Michael gained 142 and Cyrus Gray added 125.
+ Hitting the 100-yard level in receiving for the second time this year was redshirt freshman Mike Evans, who gained 105 yards on a career-high eight catches. Evans had his career-high of 123 receiving yards (on six catches) against SMU.
+ A&M rushed for a season-high 290 yards on 44 carries against Ole Miss. The previous best was 265 on 39 carries against South Carolina State.
+ First punt of the game for the Aggies came with 4:08 remaining in second quarter. It was downed on the Ole Miss 16 for senior Ryan Epperson’s ninth “coffin corner” boot of the season. It was Epperson’s only punt of the game.
+ After having just one turnover in the first four games of the season, A&M had three giveaways in the first half against Ole Miss -- two lost fumbles and an interception. A&M finished with six turnovers.
Snyder’s Defense has nose for endzone
The Aggie defense scored a touchdown for the third straight game when junior LB Steven Jenkins grabbed a deflected pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdowns. Senior LB Sean Porter hit Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace as he was attempting a pass to cause the errant pass.
Other defensive scores this season include sophomore DB Deshazor Everett’s pick-six INT against South Carolina State and junior CB Tramain Jacobs’ fumble return against Arkansas.
The last time A&M had three defensive scores in a season was 2001 when the Aggies had two fumble returns and an INT return for TDs.
Adding in Dustin Harris’ punt return TD from South Carolina State, the Aggies have four returns for scores this season, which is the most since 2001 when they had five.
Captains, 12th Man
+ Game captains for the Aggies were: senior center Patrick Lewis, senior safety Steven Terrell, senior linebacker Sean Porter and senior punter Ryan Epperson. Ole Miss won the toss and deferred to the second half. A&M received and defended the south goal.
+ Making his second straight start at 12th Man was defensive back C.J. Jones, a senior from Klein Forest HS in Houston. A veteran 12th Man, it was Jones’ 14 career starting assignment.

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