Next up: Texas A&M (1-1) vs. #25 Clemson (1-1)
When: Saturday, September 18, 6pm
Where: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas
Series record: Ags lead, 2-0
Texas A&M concludes one of the NCAA's toughest non-conference schedules this Saturday when it takes on Clemson at Kyle Field. Fresh off a confidence-building 31-0 shutout against Wyoming, the young Aggies play host to a frustrated Tiger team that fell to Georgia Tech in a 28-24 heartbreaker last Saturday.
Texas A&M junior quarterback Reggie McNeal had a career day against the Cowboys, passing 298 yards and completing 17-of-24 passes, including a touchdown. McNeal rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. His total offensive number of 342 yards was a career high, as well as the ninth best performance in A&M history.
"There were so question marks at the very beginning of the week, but I went out there and focused on what I had to do," McNeal said.
Clemson's no-huddle offense could prove to be a challenge for the Aggies. But after Saturday's performance by the A&M defense, Aggie fans, players and coaches should feel substantially more confident than they did after losing to Utah a few weeks back. The Aggies, who gave up 582 yards against the Utes, held Wyoming to 181 total yards, including minus-3 yards on the ground.
"Basically we executed better than we did last week. Everybody settled down a little bit and got the job done," said A&M freshman defensive back Erik Mayes.
Clemson, which lost in the closing seconds to Georgia Tech, fell out of the AP top 25 in this week's newly-released poll. Georgia Tech's win over the Tigers marked the eighth time in the past 10 years its game with Clemson has been decided by less than a touchdown. The result could be a feisty, vengeance-minded Tiger team, hoping to take out recent frustrations on a relatively unknown A&M squad. Clemson had 199 yards rushing against Georgia Tech.
"To be that close to a win and have it taken out of our hands really hurts," linebacker Leroy Hill said. "As seniors we have to regroup and have everyone focused on the next game. This game doesn't end our season. We still have everything to play for."
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