BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -- Surviving a non-conference challenge.
Part of establishing a consistent culture of success in a program is winning the games you're supposed to win. Texas A&M did just that Saturday night against UAB, but Jimbo Fisher isn't satisfied.
"We need to play better," he said after the game. "We don't need to give up that many yards and that many third down conversions in that regard. So we've got to learn to keep playing the passes better and get some more rush and do some things in that regard and get better because we've got one of the top teams in the country coming in here next week."
The top team in question? The 8th ranked LSU Tigers, a team Texas A&M hasn't beaten in its last seven tries. But there's good news, the Aggies are playing well fresh off their win against UAB. Sort of.
According to Fisher, "Good enough is never good enough and you've got to keep pushing to find it because everyone's going to come after you. we're going to find out because that's one heck of a football team. we better have a great week of practice and get ready to play."
A&M is, however, getting production from key players like Kellen Mond, Trayveon Williams, Jace Sternberger and its bevy of talented defensive linemen and linebackers. Also joining the fray? New faces, like Larry Pryor, whose scoop and score touchdown gave the Aggies a 7-0 lead only 9 seconds into the game.
"I feel like I've been playing with a chip on my shoulder," said Pryor. "All season I really hadn't been playing that much up until these last few weeks. I'm just going to keep continuing to do what I'm doing and hopefully we can come out with a win against LSU."
Mond is starting to return to form at quarterback following a weeks-long stretch of questionable play. He connected with Sternberger for two scores.
The sophomore QB said, "Every week is a new opportunity and that's kind of how we look at it. Since this game is over, its a new week already and basically tomorrow and Monday, we're going to need to reset or mind and go to work and prepare for LSU. It's going to be a really big week for us."
On the ground, the reliable Williams was solid as usual, rushing for a 167 yards and two scores to claim sole possession of 5th on A&M's career rushing list.
"We're matched up schematically great with them," said Williams. "I feel like what we do and how they do things, I feel like we're in a great situation and position to go out there and play for four quarters and get the win. its going to be a great opponent that comes into Kyle Field on Saturday and we've got to be ready."
The Aggies and LSU Tigers meet Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.