World News – US – Mond: Aggies’ thwarted victory can help change culture


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Texas A&M scored its first victory against a top-five team in the Jimbo Fisher era on Saturday, and players and coaches said they believe it could be the start of something bigger

Following a 41-38 home win over Non 4 Florida, Aggies senior quarterback Kellen Mond emphasized the importance of the program

“I feel like this can be a culture-changing victory,” Mond said. “It can only give this team more confidence, especially with a lot of the young guys we have and the ability for us to build on that »

Fisher, now 19-10 since taking over the Aggies in 2018, said he’s pleased with the way his team approached the game No 21 Texas A&M trailed by 11 points in the third quarter but was able to come from behind to win thanks in part to the play of Mond (338 passing yards, three touchdowns) and running back Isaiah Spiller (174 rushing yards, two touchdowns)

“They didn’t pay attention to the scoreboard,” Fisher said “They played the next game and lined up and won their box That’s how you change a program; that’s how you change a culture « 

Said Spiller: « It’s a real big confidence booster It’s just a game but I feel like we really earned our identity today »

The victory was Texas A&M’s first against a team ranked in the national top five since 2014, when it secured a 41-38 road victory over the No 3 Auburn It came at a pivotal moment for the Aggies (2-1, all in the SEC) who lost 52-24 last week to Alabama, raising questions whether the program closed the gap with the SEC elite under Fisher

The victory also served as a milestone for Mond, who became the Texas A&M leader in passing yards, overtaking Jerrod Johnson on the school’s all-time list. Mond, a four-year-old starter, has 8,224 career passing yards and also holds the school record for both successes (680) and passing attempts (1168) His performance on Saturday was widely regarded as the best of his career A&M

With the Aggies not ready to face another ranked team before facing Tennessee on the road on November 14, they are optimistic for the future

« Every win is sweet, but there is no victory like winning against a top four team, » said Texas A&M linebacker Buddy Johnson « It just shows that we can compete with anyone in the country »

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