Rebels repeat second half woes, blow second half lead to Aggies
COLLEGE STATION, Texas–Kellen Mond threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to help Texas A&M end a two-game skid with a 38-24 win over Mississippi on Saturday.
Mond threw TDs of 21, 10 and 5 yards and his touchdown run was a 1-yard scamper in the first quarter.
After being outscored 28-0 in the fourth quarter of consecutive losses to Auburn and Mississippi State, Texas A&M (6-4, 4-3 SEC) scored its first fourth-quarter points since Oct. 13 when Seth Smalls made it 24-21 with a 46-yard field goal early in the period.
Luke Logan missed a 22-yard field goal with just more than seven minutes left. Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher called a timeout just before the kick, which sailed wide right.
The Aggies pushed the lead to 10 points when Mond found Quartney Davis on a 5-yard touchdown pass with about five minutes left.
Ole Miss (5-5, 1-5) got within a touchdown when Logan made a 24-yard field goal with about two minutes remaining.
An onside kick was called by Ole Miss after that, but A&M recovered it and Williams ran 46 yards for a touchdown on the next play to put the game out of reach.
Jordan Ta’amu threw for 373 yards and a touchdown for the Rebels, who lost their third straight game and have won just one conference game. A.J. Brown had 127 yards receiving and DaMarkus Lodge added 122 yards receiving with a touchdown.
Williams had 31 carries for 228 yards in his second 200-yard game this season to give him 1,159 this season.
Five straight runs by Williams to start the second half gave the Aggies a first down at the 4-yard line. But Willie Hibbler knocked the ball out of Mond’s hands on the next play and Zedrick Woods scooped it up and rumbled 96 yards for a touchdown to make it 21-14.
Mond was intercepted by Ken Webster on Texas A&M’s next drive, but the Rebels couldn’t move the ball and punted it back.
The Aggies finally put together a clean drive after that, driving 72 yards in nine plays capped by a 10-yard touchdown reception by Davis to tie it at 21-21.
The Aggies took a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter when Mond scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.
Ole Miss tied it up on the first play of the second quarter when Ta’amu connected with Lodge on a 44-yard TD pass.
The Rebels took a 14-7 lead when Ta’amu scored on a 1-yard run later in the second. That drive was highlighted by a 39-yard reception by Brown and a 12-yard catch by Lodge that got Ole Miss to the 1.
Lodge made a nifty 51-yard reception, where he crashed to the ground while holding onto the ball with just one hand, with less than five minutes left in the second quarter. But Ta’amu fumbled two plays later and it was recovered by Kingsley Keke, to give the Aggies one more possession before halftime.
Texas A&M took advantage of the miscue when Camron Buckley scored on a 21-yard reception that left it tied at 14-all at halftime. Jhamon Ausbon was the star of that drive, grabbing three receptions for 50 yards.
Mississippi: With just two games left the Rebels will have to figure out a way to win a conference game if they hope to become bowl eligible.
Texas A&M: The Aggies moved the ball well at times, but Mond will need to take better care of the ball after committing four turnovers in the last two weeks for Texas A&M to finish the season strong.
Mississippi: The Rebels visit Vanderbilt next Saturday.