Texas A&M continued its steady climb in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, moving to No. 9 when the new rankings were released Sunday.
The Aggies moved into the top 10 after an impressive 30-17 victory Saturday against then-ranked Mississippi State at Kyle Field. It was the ninth victory against a ranked foe at Texas A&M for coach Kevin Sumlin, but his first in front of the home fans.
It’s time to hand out some game balls for the Aggies, and there were plenty of outstanding performances in a big win over the Bulldogs.
Game ball: Kyle Allen, QB
Allen hasn’t just earned a firm grasp of the starting quarterback job, he’s getting better and better and blossoming into one of the best in the SEC. He completed 25-of-41 passes for 322 yards and a touchdown.
He also added 65 yards on 12 carries, helping to supplement the running game on a day when Sumlin didn’t go to backup quarterback/change of pace dynamo Kyler Murray at all. Allen’s work through the air also came without wideout Speedy Noil for the entire game and wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones for much of it after he was ejected for targeting.
Allen has 1,274 passing yards this season, which is third in the SEC behind Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly and Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott. He leads the conference and is ninth in the country in passing efficiency, thanks in part to his 13 touchdown passes and just two interceptions.
Here are the honorable mentions:
OFFENSE: Tra Carson, RB
Even without Noil and Seals-Jones, the Aggies still have several great options at wideout thanks to an embarrassment of riches at the position. And both Josh Reynolds and Christian Kirk had great games, but Carson was a workhorse with 110 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown. Simply put, if Carson and Allen/Murray can run the ball effectively, the Aggies might have the best offense in the SEC by the end of the season.
DEFENSE: Myles Garrett, DE
This was another impressive performance by the Aggies defense, a group that appears to be improving rapidly for new coordinator John Chavis. Garrett, and his buddy at the other end of the defensive line Daeshon Hall, continued to be a menace for offensive tackles. Garrett finished with seven tackles, which tied for a team high, plus a sack, a forced fumble and another quarterback hurry.
There are so many great defensive linemen in the SEC, and Garrett absolutely deserves to be near the top of the list.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Drew Kaser, P
Kaser averaged 49 yards on four punts. He helped flip field position with a 57-yarder, and also had one downed on the Mississippi State 1-yard line. Kirk was relatively bottled up in the return game (57 yards on four returns is an “off” day for him), but Kaser proved to be a weapon as well.
If I had to put it in ink today: Jared Goff, Kyle Allen, Josh Rosen are the #1 QB in the next three drafts.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) October 4, 2015
Man, the more and more I watch Kyle Allen carry himself on and off the field, the more I’m impressed with him. Star in making for Texas A&M.
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) October 4, 2015