Texas A&M (5-3, 3-3 SEC) has once again reached a disappointing impasse for the 5th time in sixth-year head coach Jimbo Fisher’s career at the helm, enduring four-plus losses in five seasons. On top of it all, Saturday’s 38-35 loss to Ole Miss on the road is now the program’s fifth straight loss to a Mississippi school, while Fisher still has yet to defeat an SEC opponent on the road since the 2021 season—brutal stuff.
As bad as things may be, improvement, yes, actual improvement on offense was seen through the gritty play of quarterback Max Johnson, who, after struggling in the first half through the air, exploded the second half for 305 yards on 31/42 passing for a touchdown, but did throw a costly interception in the end zone that likely altered the game’s final outcome.
Aiding Johnson in the passing game, Grand Valley State transfer wide receiver Jahdae “All Day” Walker finally lived up to his briefly held nickname, recording eight receptions for 100 yards. In contrast, do-it-all receiver Ainias Smith, the heart and soul of the Aggie offense, had six receptions for 83 yards, including several clutch catches that led to multiple scores.
While Texas A&M’s 7th-ranked defense continued to give the offense opportunities, Ole Miss quarterback Jaxson Dart and wide receiver Tre Harris (11 receptions, 213 yards, 1 TD) took full advantage of the Aggie’s injuries at cornerback, as starters Tyreek Chappell and Deuce Harmon missed the game due to injury.
After the game, Fisher provided context (i.e, “we need to execute) after the loss, as the Aggies’ will have to wait another week to earn their sixth win and bowl eligibility, facing Mississippi State on Saturday, Nov. 11. Here is Jimbo Fisher’s post-game press conference.