Texas A&M vs. Auburn

First Quarter

Against the norm: Anthony Schwartz’s 57-yard touchdown run, a reverse, was the longest surrendered by Texas A&M all season. It was only the second run of more than 20 yards the A&M defense had allowed. The other was a 56-yard run by Lamar’s Myles Wanza. A key block on the run was thrown by quarterback Bo Nix.

Firsts: Auburn’s second touchdown was Joey Gatewood’s first TD pass and John Samuel Shenker’s first TD reception. Gatewood, in the wildcat formation, had thrown once for 5 yards, and Shenker had one reception for 9 yards coming into the game.

Flare to a milestone: Jhamon Ausbon, with a defender step for step with him, made a great catch over the middle for 41 yards. It was his 100th reception for Texas A&M. Ausbon, who went out late hurt, had eight receptions for 111 yards for the game.

Key stat: A&M running backs had 5 carries for minus-5 yards

Second Quarter

Small’s streak: A&M kicker Seth Small kicked a 33-yard field goal early in the second to give him 11 consecutive games with a field goal. Small missed from 48 and 52 yards and made 33 and 23. It was the first two misses of the season and he is now 7 of 9 in the four games.

Victory formation?: Backed up to their own 6 with  34 seconds remaining, Auburn appeared as if they were going to try and just run out the clock, but the Tigers ran a trick play with Shaun Shivers taking a handoff after quarterback Bo Nix looked as if he was going to take a knee.

Key stat: A&M had 12 yards rushing on 13 carries.

Third Quarter

The good and the (real) bad: An A&M back finally broke off a run of more than 10 yards, but at the end of it Isaiah Spiller fumbled and Auburn recovered. It was the first turnover of the game and resulted in an Auburn touchdown six plays later.

Not the O-line’s best series: On the Aggies second offensive series, quarterback Kellen Mond was sacked the first two plays and the line was called for two straight motion penalties. A&M had a third-and-30.

Mann showing off: With the Aggies unable to move the ball A&M’s All-American punter Braden Mann had punts of 63 and 68 yards. The 63 yarder flew at least three yards into the end zone. He holds the record for punts of at least 60 yards in a season with 14. It was the eighth game [17 chances] in which Mann averaged better than 50 yards a punt, and it matched his high for punts with six.

Key stat: was one turnover in the game and it was by A&M on the first play of the second half.

Fourth Quarter

More than just a punter: Punter Braden Mann also kicks off, and on his next to last kickoff, he quite possibly saved a touchdown with a tackle of Noah Igbinoghene at the 31. Igbinoghene took the ball on the bounce at the goal line and got a block early in the return and then darted straight up before Mann brought him to the ground.

Needing a stop: After A&M closed the gap to 21-10, Auburn had a 12-play, 69-yard drive that took up 6:01. The Tigers had five of their 16 first downs on the drive.

Key stat: A&M quarterback Kellen Mond had 11 of his career-high 31 completions in the final quarter.

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