Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Pregame blitz: Texas A&M vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Pregame blitz: Texas A&M vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Playing the lowly Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns, the Texas A&M Aggies appear to have their hands full.

The host Aggies (2-1) looked lethargic in the first half, then woke up in the second half and cruised past the Ragin' Cajuns (1-2). By this point, Sumlin had hoped redshirt freshman Nick Starkel would be easing into a groove as the Aggies' starting quarterback, but he broke his ankle in the third quarter of A&M's 45-44 loss at UCLA in the season opener. While the Aggies have accumulated 127 total yards of offense, Louisiana has 227 total yards of offense. Seems like it's just another week in College Station, we'll continue to monitor the situation to see if it improves.

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Sportsbook Review now shows Texas A&M as a 24-point favorite over Louisiana-Lafayette, with the O/U set at 60.

A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said at Tuesday's press conference both quarterbacks would play Saturday, but Hubenak wasn't made available to the media. Texas A&M overcame the absence of standout running back Trayveon Williams, who missed the contest with an unspecified injury. That was the program's third-most yards in seven seasons under coach Mark Hudspeth and their most since gaining 620 yards against Nicholls State in 2013.

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Texas A&M tied things, 21-21, with a Mond 5-yard touchdown run at the 10:27 mark of the third quarter, before Mond threw his third touchdown pass of the game at the 6:23 mark of the third period, this one to Camron Buckley from 12 yards away, to give them a 28-21 lead.

In the second half, A&M outgained ULL 353 to 82.

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"We've had different offensive line combinations", Sumlin said. Texas A&M survived a scare, winning 24-14.

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