There’s no sugarcoating the obvious: Texas A&M (5-3, 3-2 SEC) had to get back into the win column in Week 9. Courtesy of a 30-17 win against South Carolina (2-6, 1-5 SEC), the Aggies gave their season a much-needed injection of life.
By no means was Saturday’s win pretty, and it was by far a complete game on both sides of the ball. But another elite defensive performance paired nicely with a more-or-less improved offense to ensure the Bonham Trophy was welcomed back home in College Station.
The Aggies finally crept back into the 30-point scoring mark, courtesy of a trio of touchdowns from Reuben Owens II, Amari Daniels, and Ainias Smith. Despite another concerning performance from A&M’s offensive line, Max Johnson held his own in the pocket, finishing 20/30 for 249 yards and one touchdown without an interception.
In his postgame presser, Jimbo Fisher mirrored the same takeaways that could be had from the eye test. A&M’s performance was far from perfect, but they got a much-needed win when it mattered most, and most importantly, they have plenty of opportunities left ahead to close out the season successfully.
Below is Fisher’s full postgame press conference following Saturday’s win over South Carolina, including notable takeaways from his time at the podium.
A much needed will we'll take no matter what
“Happy for our guys. Got a win. Handled the things we had to handle. Wasn’t perfect but did really good things.”
Jimbo on calling a timeout before the end of the first half
“We were backed up, and they were kicking into the wind… We had a better field position.”
Being perfect on fourth-down conversions proved huge
“We felt good about our matchups. It’s big when you get them. We got them at a crucial point. “
Sounds like Noah Thomas should be good to go moving forward
“He got the wind knocked out of him. He was cleared to come back.”
There's still plenty of time to ensure this season is a success
“The goal is to get bowl eligible and then keep walking down the road. We have four more games.”
Edgerrin Cooper praise, a weekly (and warranted) tradition
“That guy’s playing tremendous football. … He’s like an eraser.”
Fisher on the significance of Saturday's win over the Gamecocks
“That’s a good win at home and we continue to grow.”
It's safe to say Jimbo was happy to see those fourth-down conversions go A&M's way
“Those analytics, when you don’t convert, can cost you the game. But we converted.”