GAMEDAY College Football

Mississippi State 26, Texas A&M 22

By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Will Rogers threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns and Nathan Pickering sacked Zach Calzada in the end zone late for a safety in Mississippi State's 26-22 victory over No. 15 Texas A&M.

Rogers was sacked twice, and the Bulldogs had two false start penalties that backed them up before Nolan Mccord's 49-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right with about eight minutes to go.

The Aggies cut the lead to two on a 44-yard field goal by Seth Small about two minutes later.

Texas A&M (3-2, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) forced a punt to get a chance to take the lead. But Calzada, a backup in his third start, was taken down by Pickering on third down for the safety to extend the lead to 26-22 with about two minutes to go, and the Bulldogs ran out the clock to secure the victory.

Makai Polk had 13 receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns to help Mississippi State (3-2, 1-1) snap a two-game skid.

It's the second straight loss for the Aggies after they won their previous 11 games and is a huge blow to a team that entered the season with national championship hopes.

Texas A&M gave up a season-high in points as coach Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies struggled to contain coach Mike Leach's Air Raid offense. Things only get tougher for the Aggies next week with a visit from top-ranked Alabama coming next Saturday night.

Calzada threw for 135 yards with a touchdown and an interception and Isaiah Spiller ran for 100 yards for Texas A&M.

Polk's second touchdown came on a 20-yard reception that extended the lead to 24-13 with about seven minutes left in the third quarter. Jaylon Jones was covering him but tripped and fell just before the ball arrived to leave Polk open for the score.

Calzada scrambled 25 yards for a touchdown with just more than a minute left in the third quarter, but his 2-point conversion attempt was broken up to leave the Aggies down 24-19.

Things went wrong for the Aggies early in this one. Fred Peters grabbed an interception after Calzada's first pass was deflected. But the Bulldogs couldn't move the ball and settled for a 24-yard field goal.

The Aggies took a 7-3 lead when Calzada threw an 11-yard TD pass to Jalen Wydermyer with about 9 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter.

Rogers found Jaden Walley for a 1-yard score later in the first to put Mississippi State on top 10-7.

The Aggies added one field goal early in the second quarter and a second one put them on top 13-7 with about three minutes left in the first half.

Polk made a nice grab in the corner of the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown that gave the Bulldogs a 17-13 halftime lead.

Mississippi State athletics press release


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MissStTexA&M
MissSt FG 11:49 Nolan McCord 24 yard field goal 3 0
TexA&M TD 9:26 Jalen Wydermyer 11 yard TD pass from Zach Calzada (Seth Small Extra Point) 3 7
MissSt TD 2:58 Jaden Walley 1 yard TD pass from Will Rogers (Nolan McCord Extra Point) 10 7
Second Quarter MissStTexA&M
TexA&M FG 14:16 Seth Small 40 yard field goal 10 10
TexA&M FG 2:47 Seth Small 37 yard field goal 10 13
MissSt TD 1:16 Makai Polk 15 yard TD pass from Will Rogers (Nolan McCord Extra Point) 17 13
Third Quarter MissStTexA&M
MissSt TD 6:54 Makai Polk 20 yard TD pass from Will Rogers (Nolan McCord Extra Point) 24 13
TexA&M TD 1:18 Zach Calzada 25 yard TD run (Jalen Wydermyer 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 24 19
Fourth Quarter MissStTexA&M
TexA&M FG 5:39 Seth Small 44 yard field goal 24 22
MissSt SF 2:02 Nathan Pickering Safety 26 22
Team Stats
  Mississippi State Texas A&M
First downs 27 14
  Rushing 4 8
  Passing 22 6
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 3-12, 25% 4-11, 36%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 17-30 32-162
Passing Yards 408 135
Return Yards 17 72
Completions-Attempts-Int 46-59-0 12-20-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-5 3-29
Punts 3 3
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 7-55 8-59
Mississippi State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
W. Rogers 46 59 408 3 0
Texas A&M Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
Z. Calzada 12 20 135 1 1
Mississippi State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Johnson 6 19 3.2 0
J. Marks 5 16 3.2 0
W. Rogers 6 -5 -0.8 0
Texas A&M Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
I. Spiller 16 100 6.3 0
D. Achane 8 69 8.6 0
Z. Calzada 6 6 1.0 1
A. Smith 1 3 3.0 0
Mississippi State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Polk 13 126 9.7 2
L. Griffin 3 52 17.3 0
J. Marks 7 40 5.7 0
C. Ford 4 40 10.0 0
A. Williams 4 38 9.5 0
J. Calvin 3 33 11.0 0
D. Johnson 6 27 4.5 0
J. Walley 3 27 9.0 1
M. Heath 3 25 8.3 0
Texas A&M Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Preston 2 49 24.5 0
D. Achane 2 31 15.5 0
A. Smith 5 30 6.0 0
J. Wydermyer 2 17 8.5 1
D. Demas 1 8 8.0 0
Mississippi State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
F. Peters 1 12
Texas A&M Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Mississippi State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Trafford 3 122 40.7
Texas A&M Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Constantinou 3 159 53.0
Mississippi State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Walley 2 5 2.5
Texas A&M Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Smith 1 41 41.0
Mississippi State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Texas A&M Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Achane 1 31 31.0
Mississippi State Missed FG
Player Length
N. McCord 36
N. McCord 49
Texas A&M Missed FG
Player Length




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