CLEMSON, S.C. — Here are three quick observations from No. 12 Texas A&M’s 24-10 loss at No. 1 Clemson on Saturday.
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1. One step forward, one step back
Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond could do almost no wrong last week against a weaker Texas State, but his accuracy vanished on the big stage at No. 1 Clemson. Mond missed his first four passes and finished 24 for 42 for 236 yards. He also gave up a momentum-turning fumble in the second quarter.
2. SEC depth?
A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher has long stated one of his goals is to build up the Aggies’ depth to a Southeastern Conference level. It got tested Saturday with seven players leaving the field with injuries. On defense, the Aggies had four defensive linemen banged up — Justin Madubuike, Jayden Peevy, Bobby Brown and Max Wright — with Madubuike and Brown returning but limited. Running back Jashaun Corbin also left with an injury as the Aggies were worn down by the Tigers.
3. Lone bright spot
Statistically, the Aggies did something few teams have: stop Clemson running back Travis Etienne. He produced just 53 of Clemson’s 122 rushing yards as A&M played well against the run. While the Tigers were able to run out most of the fourth quarter on the ground, one had to think holding the champs to 24 points could’ve given the Aggies a chance.