Texas A&M ended its season on a sour note, losing to Louisville, 27-21, in the Music City Bowl on Wednesday. The Aggies were put in a tough spot with quarterback Jake Hubenak making his first career start after quarterbacks Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray transferred from A&M recently.
Hubenak was out of sync for much of the game, but finished with a respectable statline. He completed 28 of 48 passes for 307 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Coach Kevin Sumlin said that Hubenak kept the Aggies in the game during his postgame press conference.
“He really gave us a chance to win the game at the end,” Sumlin said. “It’s a heck of a position for a guy that makes his first start and a lot of guys rallied around him.”
Sumlin complimented Hubenak for fighting through adversity for most of the game and giving Texas A&M an opportunity to steal a victory in the waning minutes.
“For a guy to come in and do what he did and our team to give us a chance at the end of the game with everything that happened for the 55 minutes beforehand, you got to be proud of him.”
The Aggies fought back from two double-digit deficits during the game, but could never tie the game. Despite coming up short, Sumlin was proud of his players for continuing to fight against the Cardinals, but said losing the turnover battle cost his team a victory.
“We just couldn’t get the ball back and get a turnover when we needed it,” Sumlin said. “Anytime you lose the turnover battle it becomes tough to win the game and you give up 300 yards rushing.”
One player the Aggies could not stop was Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. The freshman quarterback threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 226 yards and an additional two scores. Sumlin tipped his hat to the explosive quarterback.
“Explosive and got wheels,” Sumlin said. “He really gave us fits on the edge. We shored up the interior, but he got the ball on the perimeter on us. He’s an explosive player.”