Throughout August, many comparisons were made between Texas A&M’s quarterback of the future, Kyler Murray, to its Heisman-winning quarterback of the near past, Johnny Manziel. Meanwhile, A&M’s quarterback of the present and foreseeable future, Kyle Allen, seems to be coming along just fine, thank you very much.
Thanks in large part to Allen’s pinpoint accuracy, as well as a much-improved defense, No. 14 Texas A&M has been able to handle No. 21 Mississippi State and take a 24-10 lead into the halftime locker room. While it wasn’t all about the sophomore signal-caller, it was a lot about him.
Allen finished the first half with 226 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns on 19-of-25 passing. He threw no interceptions, and added 42 yards on the ground for good measure.
The defense, though, merits mention. As its offense was rolling up 330 yards, the Aggies were limiting the Bulldogs to just 173. 75 of those yards, though, came on MSU’s lone touchdown drive of the half.
The Aggies did lose Ricky Seals-Jones to what some would consider a questionable targeting penalty on a late second quarter block. Seals-Jones had five receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown in the first half.
Mississippi State will get the ball to open the second half.