How the Aggies’ fourth straight loss surprisingly delivers hope
The Aggies broke their streak of scoring less than 25 points. The Aggies had excellent quarterback play. Devon Achane had over 120 yards of total offense. A&M had a 100-yard receiver. All of these factors are usually key to the Jimbo Fisher-led Aggies winning games. However, on Saturday, the often trustworthy Wrecking Crew, or the Ags’ defense, let the over 101,000 packed into Kyle Field down.
The Rebels gashed the Aggies for 390 yards rushing, scoring 31 points and adding to Head Coach Jimbo Fisher’s longest losing streak during his tenure at Texas A&M. Quinshon Judkins rushed for over 200 yards alone as the Maroon and White could never seem to catch up offensively. One thing was different for Texas A&M on Saturday however, for the third time this season, A&M had a new starting quarterback. This time, it was the 5-star true freshman Connor Weigman. Yet another member of the historic 2022 recruiting class, he, like many others has had an instant impact on the field in his first start. Weigman was 28-44, 338 passing yards with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. No Texas A&M freshman QB has done that since 2013, when Johnny Manziel threw for 300-plus yards, 3 or more touchdown passes and no turnovers. If Connor Weigman is starting his career already in that company, then it is not surprising why so many Aggies are so optimistic even after another loss.
One of the three storylines I wanted to keep my eye on coming into this season was quarterback play. Quite frankly the season up to this point has yet to see any good QB play from anyone wearing Maroon and White. Then enter Connor Weigman, who might single handily take A&M from a 4-5 win team to a 6-7 bowl-eligible team. If Weigman can provide decisive and confident play from here on out and the A&M defense plays to their regular standard, I think Texas A&M can somehow pull out a bowl game appearance. That was a wild statement just a week ago and provides some hope to a fan base who is reeling for it.
Now the Aggies will welcome in the Florida Gators who are coming off a decent showing against the #1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs. Florida provides a similar challenge that Ole Miss gave the Aggies, that being the ability to run the ball well. If the Gators can utilize Anthony Richardson on the ground and not have to use his arm, the Gators should be in good shape against the Aggies. If the Ags can get back on track defensively Saturday morning, I think Connor Weigman has provided a spark offensively and could only get better from here for Texas A&M. The Aggies snap the four-game skid with a 35-27 win over the Gators to improve to 4-5.