In Texas A&M’s first game after the recent firing of now-former head coach Jimbo Fisher, last Saturday’s impressive 51-10 win over Mississippi State looked like a flash in the pan compared to the Aggie’s lackluster performance against the visiting FCS Abilene Christian Wildcats on senior day.
In quarterback Jaylen Henderson’s second consecutive start this season, the sophomore duel threat was absolutely stellar against the Bulldogs, accounting for four touchdowns, but in the first possession against ACU, Henderson’s arm was his due to immense pressure in his face, causing an interception which was returned for a touchdown, as the Wildcats took a 7-0 lead early.
At the same time, A&M’s offensive line finally looked like they found a rhythm for the first time all season. Fast forward to face an ACU front that has yet again exposed the O-line’s ineptitude, allowing three sacks in just over nine minutes in the first half against the Wildcats. Let’s just say offensive line coach Steve Adazzio’s hot seat is virtually on fire.
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However, Henderson (12/18, 1 TD, 1 INT) did get things going late in the half after OC Bobby Petrino sped up the tempo, leading to a 13-yard fade to wide receiver Noah Thomas in the end zone, as the Aggies took a, well, more comfortable 17-7 lead heading into the half.
Defensively, A&M has kept the Wildcats in check, recording five pass deflections and two tackles for loss, led by Butkus award nominee and junior linebacker Edgerrin Cooper with four tackles thus far.