STARKVILLE, Miss. — Isaiah Spiller ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns and Kellen Mond threw for two scores to help No. 11 Texas A&M beat Mississippi State 28-14 on Saturday.
Texas A&M (3-1) led 14-0 at the half and had 325 yards of total offense in the game. Ainias Smith caught five passes for 20 yards and a touchdown. Chase Lane had a 51-yard touchdown reception in the opening minutes of the third quarter.
Mississippi State (1-3) had little offensive rhythm for the third straight game. The Bulldogs’ first touchdown came on Emmanuel Forbes’ interception return in the third quarter.
“I thought we literally squandered the first half,” Bulldogs coach Mike Leach said. “Right now we’re one team on Tuesday and Wednesday and another team on Saturday. We need to be able to transition that to the field. And if you think that’s frustrating for you, you should try it from my perspective.”
Leach benched starting quarterback KJ Costello midway through the second half for freshman Will Rogers, same as he did last week in a 24-2 loss at Kentucky. Rogers connected with Malik Heath for a 15-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
“Offensively, we were a bunch of pincushions out there,” Leach said. “And I think its mental on the part of our o-line, because we can block our own defensive line consistently in practice and A&M couldn’t even do that. So it’s definitely mental.”
Texas A&M’s defense continually disrupted the line of scrimmage, finishing with six sacks and eight tackles for loss. Mississippi State had minus-2 yards rushing and just 217 yards of total offense.
“Day 1 we believed in the game plan,” tackle Jayden Peevy said. “We saw Kentucky come with a three-man front. We watched a lot of film against these guys. We saw (Kentucky) get a victory so we planned on it all week.”
• Arkansas 33, Ole Miss 21: Arkansas forced quarterback Matt Corral to throw six interceptions as the Razorbacks scored 24 points off seven turnovers in a win over Ole Miss.
Three first-half Rebels’ giveaways helped provide Arkansas (2-2, 2-2) a 20-0 halftime lead. It was the Razorbacks’ largest halftime advantage in an Southeastern Conference game since 2016, their last winning season.
Corral threw two touchdown passes for Ole Miss (1-3, 1-3) but had a season-low 200 yards in addition to his six picks.
Linebacker Grant Morgan took Corral’s fifth interception 23 yards to the end zone for the game’s final score with 3:07 remaining. Hudson Clark’s third interception on Ole Miss’ ensuing drive sealed the game.
Feleipe Franks was 21-of 34 passing for 244 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Arkansas.
Jerrion Ealy ran for 112 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries for the Rebels.