Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State 2014
Kenny Hill and the Texas A&M Aggies avoided a major disappointment last weekend, narrowly defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks 35-28 in overtime. A&M scored just a minute into the game, but they would not lead again until the final score was posted on the board at AT&T Stadium.
The razorbacks rushed for three touchdowns in the first half with Jonathan Williams finding the end zone from 9 yards out in the first quarter, and then Alex Collins and Sam Irwin-Hill scoring from 50 and 51 yards, respectively. The score at the half was 21-14 Arkansas and they would add to their lead with five minutes left in the third quarter with a 44 yard touchdown pass from Brandon Allen to AJ Derby.
Things were looking bleak for Texas A&M entering the fourth quarter, but Kenny Hill brought them out of the fire. He threw an 86 yard touchdown pass to Edward Pope and then a 59 yard td strike to Josh Reynold with just over two minutes remaining in the game to send it to overtime. In overtime, Hill found Malcome Kennedy on the first play from scrimmage and then the Aggies defense did the rest, stuffing Alex Collins of the razorbacks on fourth and 1 to get the victory.
The win moved the Aggies to 5-0 and 2-0 in the SEC, but they will have another daunting task this week against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Mississippi State was off this past week, still celebrating their Week 4 victory over LSU. The Bulldogs went in to Tiger Stadium and built a commanding 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and led 17-3 at the half. They would build that up to 34-10 just moments in to the fourth quarter and LSU needed two touchdowns in the last two minutes of the game to get it to the final score of 34-29. It was the first time in fifteen tries that LSU fell to Mississippi State.
Currently, the median ticket price for Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State football tickets is $92, a pretty inexpensive rate considering it is a matchup between two undefeated SEC teams both ranked in the top 12 in the country. A&M is currently 6th in the AP Poll with the Bulldogs the 11th ranked team.
Mississippi State has had two weeks to prepare for the Aggies and will be the home team, yet they are currently a one point underdog. Both teams are about to kickoff stretches of their schedule against very formidable opponents so a victory will be a huge boost for either program, and will greatly increase the likelihood of winning the SEC West. Other than Arkansas, all SEC West teams are ranked in the top fifteen of the country with Alabama leading the way at #3, Auburn 5th, A&M 6th, Ole Miss 11th, Mississippi State 12th, and LSU 15th. It will be a real battle to come out of the division undefeated, but both the Aggies and Bulldogs can be one step closer with a victory Saturday afternoon at Davis Wade Stadium.