Ole Miss stopped a game-tying field goal to defeat Texas A&M 38–35 in the final seconds of the game.
Randy Bond’s 47-yard field goal gave the Aggies a chance to tie the score and force extra time. However, the kick went wide of the uprights and short of the line of scrimmage after defensive lineman Zxavian Harris seemed to get a finger on the ball as it crossed the line.
RB Quinshon Judkins of No. 10 Ole Miss scored the game’s first touchdown on a one-yard run with 1:40 remaining. That put an end to Texas A&M’s 21-3 run, which had turned a 28-14 Ole Miss lead into a 35-31 deficit.
The Aggies are now 5-4 overall after the loss. This is Texas A&M’s ninth straight road loss; the team hasn’t triumphed in a real road game since defeating Missouri 35-14 on October 16, 2021.
The program’s decline over the last two seasons under Jimbo Fisher is clearly visible in the road struggles. A&M is currently 10-11 over the last two seasons after finishing the 2021 campaign at 8-4. For a coach with a team full of elite recruiting classes and a contract that is fully guaranteed to pay out until 2031, that is just not an acceptable outcome.
Conner Weigman, the starting quarterback for the Aggies, did indeed sustain a season-ending injury earlier in 2023. However, Max Johnson has proven to be one of the better backups in college football and more than capable. Although Johnson appeared to be tackled on every fourth-quarter pass play on Saturday, he completed 31 of 42 passes for 305 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
The greater issue on Saturday was the over 500 yards that the A&M defense gave up. Jaxson Dart, the quarterback for Ole Miss, completed just 33 passes for 387 yards and two touchdowns.
With two more games against Mississippi State and Abilene Christian, A&M ought to reach seven victories. However, with a game remaining against No. 13 LSU, an eight-win campaign might be out of the question.