The Texas A&M Aggies again have come to the end of the regular season and after a loss to the visiting LSU Tigers on national television Thursday night, the program including head coach Kevin Sumlin was understandably disappointed in the outcome after a tough November that saw them lose three of their final four regular season games.
To the Aggies credit, they never quit Thursday night but late season struggles on defense, once again has led to a let down late in the season. Sumlin addressed the media immediately following the loss and echoed everyone’s frustrations.
“I think everybody is frustrated. It’s not something that we want to do,” Sumlin said in response to the Aggies performance in the SEC West. “It is something that we make a concerted effort in the offseason to talk about in what we do from from a strength and conditioning standpoint and an approach to the season standpoint as well. It’s a feeling that not just you have or the fans have but we have that feeling, and it’s not a good feeling.”
Sumlin’s talk about the frustrations of the team and fan base did not stop there when asked specifically about the fan base’s frustration over a third consecutive late season fade by the Aggies.
“We are not satisfied either, Sumlin said. “The frustration that our fans have, they are not alone. It’s something that we work at, and are working at every day. Just like we talked about as a team, this team still has one more chance to prove itself. To stay together and go back and try to fix some things with who we have and put the best product out on the field that we can put out there for one last time with this unit. That anger and that frustration is in this building too.”
Against the Tigers, who played the game amidst swarming rumors that Houston Cougars head coach Tom Herman was close to being secured as the next Tigers coach, the Aggies were surprisingly able to find big plays to put points on the board but could not slow the Tigers offense, specifically running back Darrius Guice who racked up 285 yards rushing and four scores.
“We couldn’t get off the field on defense the whole second half, Sumlin said in response to Thursday night’s performance. When you are in a situation like that where you cant get off the field and when you are not getting off the field you are giving up touchdowns and not threes, not making people punt, you start trading points but you are down. That is not good enough.”
The Aggies now wait for Championship Week to play out to find out their destination for a bowl game.