Texas A&M has found itself in difficult spots the first two weeks of the 2017 season. Week 1, of course, was the devastating second-half collapse at UCLA. In Week 2 on Saturday night, Nicholls State — yes, Nicholls State — pulled even with the Aggies in the fourth quarter.
That was not what Texas A&M was expecting. Then again, the Colonels are not strangers to putting scares into SEC opponents. In the 2016 opener, Georgia edged Nicholls State 26-24 in Athens, Ga.
Here’s what Nicholls State coach Tim Rebowe had to say after Texas A&M’s 24-14 win.
- “I was just very proud of our players. I thought there was tremendous effort, and they fought all the way to the end. We were in it at halftime, close ballgame and we got the ball to start the second half. I thought maybe we could punch it in. We gave them a run at the end, but we have to be able to get off the field there on third down. We had a couple shots there at the end to maybe block a field goal, but we didn’t do it. Nevertheless, I was really proud of the effort by our players.”
- “We talked about limiting their possessions and we knew we couldn’t let them get momentum. We knew that was going to be a big factor. They had a big play on a pass interference call and then I got the 15-yard penalty that kind of got us off track. That one’s on me. Then we let them score real quick. In an atmosphere like this, I thought we came back, made it 14-3 and got one right before the half to put it within a one-score game.”
- “This team is special. I said before the game that I wanted to walk in that locker room win, lose or draw and have no regrets, leave it all on the field. We surely did that and I think we have something special here, but it’s still one loss. We have a big home game next weekend. We have to pick ourselves back up and be ready to go.”