The Texas A&M game was a stepping stone for this MSU team despite the loss. It was the first game out of five this year in which the Bulldogs scored more than a touchdown in the 2nd half – they were able to notch 27 and make it a game down to the closing minutes.
Johnny Manziel got his yards, but the defense played a solid game. They forced turnovers and gave us a chance to win the ballgame. For the second consecutive week MSU out-gained a top 15 opponent, but lost. For the second consecutive week MSU beat the point spread, but lost the game.
Dak Prescott showed a new level of (emotional) toughness in this game as he came out with a tremendous performance just six days after losing his mother to cancer – three days after the funeral. He was hurt in the 4th quarter and would not return until the 4th quarter of the Egg Bowl (where he showed a new level of physical toughness).
Special teams hurt State once again. Lots of good and lots of bad in this one. Ultimately it was a positive as the Bulldogs showed they were there to win the game and played a tough game.
Side note – what happened to Fred Brown after this game? He came back a little sooner than expected from a broken wrist to play against Alcorn State, gets two personal fouls and is ejected, then understandably he disappears until this game. But in this game he has 3 catches for 47 yards including two nice grabs in the great 96 yard drive during the 3rd quarter. Then he disappears again. He entered the game vs. Bama, Upig and OM but didn’t play much and did not catch a pass. He looked good when he was thrown to – could be a play-maker next year.
My review of how Mullen was doing down the stretch after this game