Texas A&M survives potential upset in opener, but needs quick improvements with grueling upcoming schedule
COLLEGE STATION –Ainias Smith provided an early spark for Texas A&M.
Isaiah Spiller and the defense generated the second-half energy that the No. 10 Aggies desperately needed to escape their season opener with a 17-12 win over Vanderbilt.
“A victory is a victory,” A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said, “but all three phases [of the game] didn’t play how I thought we could or how we can.”
In a day filled with upsets and near-upsets from Norman to Baton Rouge, A&M survived despite three lost fumbles — two by senior quarterback Kellen Mond — and also misfired on a fourth-down handoff in the fourth quarter that kept giving the Commodores life.
“We got to protect the football,” Fisher said. “It’s ridiculous.”
Mond finished with 17 of 28 for 189 yards and one touchdown while trying to build chemistry with a group of young receivers.
“He can play much better,” Fisher said,