Opinion: Recovery theory
Texas A&M's history may not reflect it, but the Aggies will bounce back
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013 22:09
Texas A&M suffered its first loss of the season to rival SEC foe Alabama this past weekend. The heartbreaking 49-42 loss to the top-ranked Crimson Tide snapped an eight-game win streak for the Aggies that dated back to last season.
In the past five years, the Aggies are just 6-13 in games following a loss.
However, during their short time in the SEC, Texas A&M has responded differently after a loss than in years past. Saturday was only the third loss the Aggies have experienced in their brief SEC history, losing to Florida and LSU in 2012.
In both losses last season, the Aggies were held under 20 points, losing to Florida 20-17 and LSU to 24-19. In games after a loss in 2012, Texas A&M outscored opponents 111-24, winning by margins of 45 and 42.
“It will be kind of challenging to have that kind of enthusiasm [this Saturday],” said senior running back Ben Malena. “But our emotion level isn’t going to change.”
Texas A&M’s offense responded in a big way after a loss last season. In the two games following a defeat, the Aggie offense averaged 638 yards per game. A large part of that offense was the play of Johnny Manziel, who averaged 277 passing yards and 108.5 rushing yards in games against SMU and Auburn that followed a loss and scored 11 total touchdowns.
“When Johnny Manziel goes out and plays wonderful offense it’s just high-powered,” said senior defensive back Toney Hurd, Jr. “Johnny Football is being Johnny Football.”
Defense played a big role in rebound games for the Aggies last season as well. Aside from allowing only 24 points in two games, the defense allowed an average of 322 yards per game, 208.5 passing and 113.5 rushing. The defense has also shown an ability to get to the quarterback, registering nine sacks in the two games.
“We attacked this as a group,” said sophomore defensive end Julien Obioha. “There are multiple leaders, like the sophomores who got playing time last year or a senior. We need to come out and work hard to help our team win a
Despite going 4-13 in games after a loss in their final four years of Big 12 play, including seven different losing streaks of two or more games, Texas A&M has shown no signs of returning to those ways since moving to the SEC.
Each loss that the Aggies have experienced has been by a touchdown or less since making the switch to a new
The fact that A&M was down by 21 before making a fourth-quarter comeback last week against Alabama should be enough momentum to prevent the Aggies from falling victim to an upset against SMU this weekend.
SMU was one of the two teams the Aggies faced last season coming off of a loss and the Mustangs fell to A&M by
The Mustangs are entering this weekend’s contest averaging 27 points in two games, but Texas A&M and its score-at-will offense should have no worries getting back to its