The Texas A&M Aggies have had uncharacteristically good performances on both sides of the ball in the run game early on the season. Prior to 2016 the Aggies offense had been known as a mostly pass offense and the defense has been a work in progress basically since Sumlin arrived.
Through the first half of the season the Aggies were very strong on both sides of the ball in the run game and most saw it as one of the keys to the improved play this season. On Saturday though, a combination of inconsistencies on both sides of the ball and some key injuries during the game, namely to starting quarterback Trevor Knight, was too much to overcome as the Aggies fell 35-28 in Starkville.
Following the game head coach Kevin Sumlin met with the media and it only took until his first response for him to bring up the problems in the run game.
"We got whipped," Sumlin led off with. "The two areas that we have put an emphasis on in the offseason, and really throughout the year, it just came down to Mississippi State did a lot better job running the ball. We couldn't stop the run today and we could;t run it, so those are the numbers."
Sumlin was also quick to point out the major discrepancy in third down efficiency as well.
"We kept them in some real short yardage situations and they were 11 of 18 on third down and we were 4 of 15 so we didn't stay on the field either," he said. "Basically it came down to that, they were able to run it and we weren't. They dictated play today."
The Aggies don't get much of a break as they try to assess health and correct what went wrong in the run game in time for Ole Miss to visit Kyle Field next Saturday.