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Mississippi State’s Defense Gashed In 49-30 Loss to Texas A&M

MSU falls to 3-5.

Mississippi State v Texas A&M Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M junior quarterback Kellen Mond accounted for five touchdowns as the Aggies handed the Bulldogs a 49-30 loss Saturday afternoon at Kyle Field.

Junior running back Kylin Hill led MSU’s (3-5, 1-4 SEC) ground attack with 150 yards rushing and one touchdown on 21 carries. The Bulldog offense managed to out-rush the Aggies 239 to 207.

Freshman quarterback Garrett Shrader passed for 194 yards and a career-high three passing touchdowns. He also totaled 64 yards rushing on 14 carries. Senior wide receiver Isaiah Zuber reeled in two receiving touchdowns while making three catches for 58 yards. Senior wide receiver Stephen Guidry hauled in one receiving touchdown while making two catches for a team-high 59 receiving yards.

The Bulldog defense surrendered 234 passing yards and three touchdowns from Mond. He also carried the ball nine times for 76 yards and two scores. Texas A&M freshman running back Isaiah Spiller led the Aggies with 90 yards rushing on 22 carries. He also found the endzone once.

Senior safety Brian Cole II led the Bulldog defense with a career-high nine total tackles, including six solo tackles and a quarterback hurry.

A pair of rushing touchdowns by Mond brought the score to 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter began with a 36-yard run from Hill all the way to Texas A&M’s 35-yard line. Two plays later, Shrader connected with Guidry for a 32-yard touchdown to make it 14-7.

The Aggies would extend their lead to 28-7 when Mond connected with junior wide receivers Jhamon Ausbon and Kendrick Rogers from 19 yards out and 16 yards out.

MSU junior kicker Jace Christmann made a 33-yard field goal before halftime to make it 28-10.

The Aggies wasted no time extending their lead in the second half as Mond found freshman tight end Jalen Wydermyer for a 52-yard catch and run to make it 35-10.

Zuber then caught his 14-yard touchdown pass to make it a 35-17 game with 7:48 left in the third quarter. Spiller followed that drive up with a 4-yard touchdown run to stretch the lead to 42-17 with 1:17 left in the third quarter.

Hill scored on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter to make it 42-24 before a 2-yard touchdown run from sophomore running back Cordarrian Richardson made it a 49-24 game with five minutes left.

A 38-yard touchdown pass to Zuber, his second of the game, ended the game’s scoring, as the Aggies won 49-30.

State is on on the road again next weekend, as the Bulldogs travel to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to face the Razorbacks. Kickoff time is slated for 3 p.m. CT at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium and will be televised by SEC Network.