Texas A&M scored 31 consecutive points in the second half and beat Louisiana Lafayette 45-21.
The Aggies had their fans booing at halftime when they went to the locker room trailing 21-14. But Kellen Mond threw for 301 yards and 3 TDs and added one on the ground. At 2-1 overall, Texas A&M begins SEC play next week when it plays Arkansas on Saturday, Sept. 23, at home at noon (ESPN).
Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup between the Aggies and Ragin’ Cajuns.
Texas A&M football vs. Louisiana live updates, score
FINAL: Texas A&M 45, Louisiana 21, Box score
Just like that, the Aggies are in full control. Tyrel Dodson returns an interception 40 yards on the first play of the final quarter and it’s 38-21 Texas A&M.
An A&M field goals stretches the lead to 31-21 entering the fourth quarter.
Aggies take a 28-21 lead with 6:23 left in the third quarter on a Kellen Mond to Camron Buckley 12-yard TD pass. It looks like momentum clearly has shifted to Texas A&M.
Louisiana led 21-14 but Texas A&M has tied the game with 10:27 left in the third quarter with a short Kellen Mond TD run. It’s 21-21 Aggies.
Upset alert? Louisiana leads the Aggies 21-14 after completing a 1-yard scoring pass with 7 seconds remaining in the half. At least one Texas A&M player wasn’t happy with the crowd’s reaction and had a gesture for them on his way off the field and into the tunnel.
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Texas A&M football vs. Louisiana football preview, keys to the game
1. Will a Texas A&M quarterback take ahold of the position?
Nick Starkel’s left ankle injury in the Week 1 collapse against UCLA has led to a timeshare for UCLA at the quarterback position between senior Jake Hubenak and freshman Kellen Mond. This season, Mond is 15 of 38 for 132 yards and a score, while Hubenak is 12 of 15 for 93 yards. Of the two players, Mond has more of an ability to hurt opposing teams with his legs, rushing for 44 yards on 18 attempts so far in 2017. Both players were efficient but not spectacular in the 24-14 win over FCS foe Nicholls last Saturday. Hubenak was under center for the last five possessions last week (including the final kneel), and the Aggies scored the 10 points that provided the final margin during those last two possessions.
2. Can the Aggies exploit the Ragin’ Cajuns’ porous run defense?
Louisiana has shown an inability to stop the run so far this season. The team allowed 343 rushing yards and 3 TDs to Southeastern Louisiana in Week 1 before giving up 424 yards and a whopping 8 TDs to Tulsa in Week 2. That’s an average of 383.5 yards allowed per game on the ground. The only FBS team out of 130 to allow more rushing yards per game at this point in the young season is Lane Kiffin’s Florida Atlantic squad (386.5). That sets up for what could be a big day for Aggies running backs Trayveon Williams, Keith Ford and Kendall Bussey. Through two games, Texas A&M ranks second in the SEC with 288.5 rushing yards per game.
3. Will Texas A&M have a mental lapse on special teams?
If there’s one area that can bite the Aggies this Saturday, it could possibly be special teams. Louisiana is the only FBS school to rank in the top 10 nationally in both punt returns (third at 26 YPG) and kickoff returns (10th at 37.2 YPG). The Ragin’ Cajuns took two kickoff returns to the house, both by sophomore Raymond Calais, in the season-opening win against Southeastern Louisiana. The only other Power 5 school to return a pair of kickoffs for TDs is South Carolina, which has received both of its scores from Deebo Samuel.