The Texas A&M Aggies couldn't overcome uncharacteristic shortcomings in the run game on both sides of the ball and dropped their second game of the season to Mississippi State 35-28.
Despite the tough road loss, there were some Aggies who stood out in helping the Aggies keep the game close despite several key injuries as the game played out.
Christian Kirk - What a bright spot for the Aggies on Saturday as a seemingly more vocal Kirk tried to single handedly win the game. Kirk had an amazing 93 yard punt return near the end of the first half. He also contributed seven catches for 144 yards including a 54 yards touchdown.
Armani Watts - They say it is never good when safeties lead your team in tackling and on Saturday that was the case for the Aggies. Watts led all players with 12 tackles on Saturday, probably about four or five too many for run defense success.
Josh Reynolds - Reynolds was also impressive in the Aggies passing game on Saturday. Despite dealing with the quarterback change, Reynolds again showed why he is the best pure pass catcher on the team. He finished his day catching five passes for 85 yards including a 47 yard score.
Justin Evans - Again, you don't want Evans leading the team in tackles either but he finished just behind his backfield mate Watts with 11 total tackles. He did have two for-loss though and was up to his usual head hunting ways.
Jake Hubenak - Give the back-up credit for coming in a nd doing a solid job with the offense. The lack of run game continued after he was in, partially due to injuries and partially due to game situation, but Hubenak did a solid job once thrown into the fire. He finished 11 of 17 for 222 yards and two scores in nearly leading a comeback to force overtime.