Auburn vs. Texas A and M Recap: No.8 Tigers Utilize Strong Defense To Remain Unbeaten | CBS Sports
No. 8 Auburn jumped out in front of No. 17 Texas A&M early and never looked back, pulling away for a 28-20 win in College Station in what was one of the most significant conference results of the early SEC season.
The Tigers defensive front set the tone for the game, establishing dominance in the trenches and keeping the Aggies out of the end zone for the first three quarters of the game. Texas A&M only had about three good scoring opportunities in that stretch and each time they were left settling for field goal attempts, connecting just once.
Gus Malzahn didn’t put a lot on Bo Nix’s plate, even using Joey Gatewood for specialized packages that included one of Auburn’s four touchdowns. Nix completed 12-of-20 passes for just 100 yards and added 38 rushing yards, but he also kept plays and drives alive and, most importantly, took care of the ball and prevented Texas A&M from getting any easy opportunities off miscues.
Texas A&M allowed Auburn to score on its first possession with a 57-yard run in part because a communication issue with the defense, according to a report from the CBS broadcast. Then at the start of the second half, an Isaiah Spiller run on the Aggies first play from scrimmage was punched out for one of three fumbles (though the only one lost).
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