How it happened: The game was over after a 5-yard touchdown run from Trey Williams, which put Texas A&M up 24-0 early in the second quarter. The Aggies had 254 yards in the first quarter, including 108 on the ground. SMU’s offensive ineptitude hurt and tired the defense. The Mustang’s had the ball for just five minutes and 32 seconds in the first quarter, and produced negative eight yards. Quarterback Kolney Cassel, making his first career start, completed one of five passes for 2 yards. Garrett Krstich replaced him early in the second quarter.
The defense gave its best effort early on, but overall played poorly. Shakiel Randolph made a diving interception on third down, but SMU could not capitalize on the turnover. Randolph was also beaten by Josh Reynolds on a 70-yard touchdown catch late in the first half.
What it means:
Garrett Krstich will likely get the chance to start next week against TCU. He held his own when he entered the game early in the second quarter. He orchestrated a couple nice drives, one of which lasted over seven minutes. Ajee Montes made a few nice plays in the running game. The coaches should find a way to keep him on the field even when Horace Richardson returns.
Krstich hit Der’rikk Thompson for a 53-yard gain in the third quarter. It was SMU’s longest offensive play of the season. Thompson beat two very good defenders in cornerback Deshazor Everett and stud freshman safety Armani Watts. The reception put SMU in the red zone, but the Mustangs had to settle for a field goal.
Next up is a home date with rival TCU in the Battle for the Iron Skillet. The game is next Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ford Stadium. TCU is 3-0 but had a bye week this week.