Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Conner Weigman (15) and Auburn Tigers defensive lineman Marcus Harris (50) dive for a fumble recovered by Weigman as Auburn Tigers take on Texas A&M Aggies at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

A losing streak will end as Texas A&M hosts UMass

Texas A&M will try to break its longest losing streak since 1972 on Saturday when the Aggies host UMass in College Station, Texas, in a non-conference game and first-ever meeting between the teams.

The Aggies (3-7) have dropped six consecutive games after last Saturday’s 13-10 loss at Auburn, ending their hopes of bowl eligibility. This after starting the season with College Football Playoff hopes.

“It’s very disappointing, but we’ve got to go back to work and fix it and get better,” coach Jimbo Fisher said.

UMass (1-9), meantime, has lost seven in a row.

A&M was without starting back Devon Achane (foot) and receiver Moose Muhammad (benched, reportedly for wearing arm sleeves) against Auburn, which led to five true freshmen in the lineup.

Quarterback Conner Weigman returned after being sidelined against Florida (illness), but he was just 14-of-36 for 121 yards and in one stretch threw 13 consecutive incompletions.

While the Aggies intercepted two passes and allowed just 115 second-half yards, the offense left plenty to be desired and spurred questions about the possibility of Fisher bringing in an offensive coordinator. He currently calls offensive plays.

“We weren’t in sync, couldn’t get in rhythm,” Fisher said. “We’ve got to coach them better, and that’s on us coaches.”

Fisher expects Achane to return this season. Muhammad will be available on Saturday.

Though UMass is 0-9 against FBS competition this season (its only victory was against FCS team Stony Brook), it presents a challenge with the 51st-ranked total defense (364.1 yards per game) in FBS. Don Brown’s team is also 10th in opponent’s third-down percentage (.296).

The Minutemen fell 35-33 to another first-time foe in Arkansas State last week and now will face their first SEC challenge since 2018 at No. 5 Georgia.

“Our kids have played in some pretty sophisticated environments in terms of crowd, noise and so forth,” UMass coach Don Brown said. “I think we’ll be just fine.”

Another strong game from redshirt senior Ellis Merriweather certainly would help UMass. He rushed for 122 yards, two touchdowns and a conversion at Arkansas State.

Merriweather has eclipsed the century mark 10 times and scored a pair of touchdowns three times in his career.

–Field Level Media

Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Conner Weigman (15) dives for a few extra yards as Auburn Tigers take on Texas A&M Aggies at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Auburn Tigers lead Texas A&M 7-0 at halftime.

Auburn sends Texas A&M to sixth straight defeat

Auburn’s Jarquez Hunter and Tank Bigsby each rushed for 121 yards — combining for more yards than Texas A&M had in total offense — in a 13-10 victory Saturday that gave the visiting Aggies their first six-game losing streak in 50 years.

Hunter had 23 carries and Bigsby rushed 13 times in the combined 242-yard effort. Texas A&M, which last lost six straight games in the 1972 season, amassed just 215 yards overall.

Auburn (4-6, 2-5 SEC) won its first game under interim coach Cadillac Williams and snapped a five-game losing streak.

Texas A&M (3-7, 1-6) started to produce on offense late in the fourth quarter, leading to Conner Weigman’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Preston with 1:33 left.

The 80-yard scoring drive on seven plays took 1:24, but Texas A&M’s onside kick attempt failed and Auburn ran out the clock.

The Aggies punted on their first nine possessions of the game.

Weigman, who had 13 straight incompletions at one point, finished 14 of 36 for 121 yards. He ended his incompletion streak with a pass to Amari Daniels that resulted in a 3-yard loss.

Auburn took a 7-0 lead with 1:33 left in the first quarter on Jake Johnson’s 16-yard reception on a pass from Robby Ashford. The scoring drive (four plays, 62 yards) was aided by Bigsby’s 39-yard run, which preceded Ashford’s TD pass.

Alex McPherson, who missed a 54-yard field goal early in the third quarter, made a 34-yarder with 39 seconds left in the quarter to increase the lead to 10-0.

Texas A&M, which did not get past the Auburn 39 until the fourth quarter, started with its best field position after Edgerrin Cooper intercepted a pass by Ashford at the Tigers 39 with 12:40 remaining.

Weigman completed consecutive passes to set up Randy Bond’s 48-yard field goal that cut the lead to 10-3 with 10:48 left.

Texas A&M’s first turnover, a fumble by Weigman on a sack by Colby Wooden, resulted in Auburn getting the ball at the Aggies 32 with 5:34 left. That led McPherson’s 26-yard field goal with 3:02 remaining that increased the lead to 13-3.

–Field Level Media

Sep 3, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies helmet on the sideline during the second half against the Sam Houston State Bearkats at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 LB Anthony Hill decommits from Texas A&M

Five-star linebacker Anthony Hill decommitted from Texas A&M, On3 reported Monday.

He is listed as the No. 1 linebacker and the No. 17 overall prospect by the 247Sports composite. Hill is expected to take his time selecting a new program and not commit until signing day.

Hill, from Ryan High School in Denton, Texas, committed to coach Jimbo Fisher’s program in July.

He previously has visited Alabama, Oklahoma, Southern California and Texas.

“First, I would to thank Texas A&M, (linebackers) coach (Tyler) Santucci and staff for recruiting and developing a personal relationship with me and my family,” Hill told On3. “Thank you to the Texas A&M fans who have been a great support throughout my recruitment. After further difficult discussions with my family, I will be decommitting from Texas A&M and opening up my recruitment.”

This loss of Hill is another blow to Texas A&M, which entered the season with the No. 1 recruiting class in 2022 and high expectations. The Aggies, the preseason No. 6 team, have lost five straight games to fall to 3-6.

Hill was in College Station, Texas, on Saturday when Texas A&M lost to Florida, 41-24.

The Aggies’ 2023 recruiting class now consists of just 11 players and is ranked No. 23 overall and eighth in the Southeastern Conference.

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Conner Weigman (15) throws a pass against the Mississippi Rebels in the second half at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M QB Conner Weigman, 5 others out with flu

Texas A&M quarterback Conner Weigman and five other players were unavailable for Saturday’s game at Florida due to a flu outbreak.

Fellow quarterback Max Johnson, defensive backs Bryce Anderson and Kent Robinson, kicker Ethan Moczulski and offensive lineman Kam Dewberry also were ruled out for the Aggies.

Texas A&M (3-5, 1-4 SEC) brought a four-game losing streak into Gainesville, Fla., to face the Gators (4-4, 1-4).

Weigman, a freshman, made his first career start in last weekend’s 31-28 loss to Ole Miss and completed 28 of 44 passes for 338 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Evan Stewart (1) runs the ball against the Mississippi Rebels in the second half at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M, Florida try to put struggles aside in SEC battle

When it comes to Southeastern Conference play, the Texas A&M Aggies and Florida Gators are generally expected to be near the top of the standings, perhaps behind Alabama and Georgia, respectively.

There is a bigger gap these days, though.

With both teams desperately needing a win, the Aggies (3-5, 1-4 SEC) will clash with the Gators (4-4, 1-4) on Saturday afternoon in College Station, Texas.

Riding its first four-game losing streak since 2005 when it was in the Big 12, Texas A&M will try to rebound from a 31-28 home loss to Ole Miss last week — the Aggies’ first home game in six weeks.

While quarterback Haynes King (shoulder) may be available Saturday, coach Jimbo Fisher likes what he has seen from Conner Weigman, who went 28-for-44 for 338 yards with four touchdowns against the Rebels.

“Red zone, third down, I thought he did a really nice job,” Fisher said. “He’s got a great feel for the game. I said he’s very instinctive. He’s had enough at-bats at practice he feels really comfortable on the offense, and he’s going to do a really good job.”

The Cypress, Texas, native’s 338 passing yards were the most in a game by a true freshman in school history. His four passing TDs matched the highest figure by an Aggie in a game since Kellen Mond had that many vs. South Carolina in 2020.

The Aggies are tied with Auburn for last in the SEC West, while Florida is saved from the cellar only by woeful Vanderbilt’s 0-4 record in the East.

Local Gainesville, Fla., product Anthony Richardson wasn’t the problem in the Gators’ 42-20 loss against archrival Georgia last week. He went 18 of 37 for 271 passing yards and one touchdown, but the Gators allowed 555 yards of total offense to their border foe while losing their second consecutive game.

“I gained a level of respect (for) that group in terms of how they responded at halftime,” Florida coach Billy Napier said of his team cutting its deficit to 28-20 on Richardson’s 78-yard TD to Xzavier Henderson, who had five catches for a career-high 110 yards.

Napier dismissed talented edge rusher Brenton Cox Jr. from the program on Monday for a “cumulative effect.” The former five-star prospect started all 32 of his games at Florida, and led the team with eight tackles for loss this year and was tied for second with two sacks.

–Field Level Media

Sep 3, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Chris Marshall (10) is tackled by Sam Houston State Bearkats defensive back Isaiah Downes (4) during the second half at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Texas A&M suspends 3 freshmen indefinitely

Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher has suspended three freshmen, including cornerback Denver Harris and wideout Chris Marshall, over a locker room incident at South Carolina last week, TexAgs and The Athletic reported Tuesday.

The suspensions, which also include offensive lineman PJ Williams, are indefinite, per the reports. Williams has not appeared in a game since the season opener.

Harris and Marshall were also part of a group of four freshmen suspended in September for a violation of team rules. They all missed the Miami game.

Harris has 14 tackles and three passes defensed in five games. He was a 5-star prospect and the 23rd best player in the Class of 2022, per the 247Sports composite.

Marshall has 11 receptions for 108 yards in three games (two starts). He was also a 5-star recruit in Fisher’s stellar 2022 class.

Texas A&M (3-4, 1-3 SEC) hosts No. 15 Ole Miss (7-1, 3-1) on Saturday. The Aggies lost to the Gamecocks 30-24 last week, marking their third straight loss.

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Sep 25, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies offensive lineman Bryce Foster (61) in action during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M loses three offensive linemen for rest of season

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday that offensive linemen Bryce Foster, Jordan Spasojevic-Moko and Aki Ogunbiyi were all out for the remainder of the season.

The Aggies (3-4, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) lost their third straight game Saturday to South Carolina, 30-24. They host No. 15 Ole Miss this week.

Both Foster, the starting center, and Ogunbiyi started four games this year. Spasojevic-Moko started two.

“I’m not trying to make an excuse, but you’re talking about calls, you’re talking about chemistry, you’re talking about how sometimes when we double team that guy likes to come this way, sometimes you get a new guy and he likes to come down harder so I come a little shorter,” Fisher said. “All those nuances that create the inches are definitely an issue when you’re constantly changing that.”

Fisher also said quarterback Haynes King is expected to be ready to play against Ole Miss after leaving toward the end of the South Carolina loss.

–Field Level Media

Oct 22, 2022; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Haynes King (13) passes against the South Carolina Gamecocks in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina topples Texas A&M, wins fourth straight

MarShawn Lloyd rushed for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and host South Carolina held on for a 30-24 victory over Texas A&M in SEC action Saturday night in Columbia, S.C., on Saturday night.

Under heavy pressure all night, Spencer Rattler was only 12-of-25 passing for 168 yards as the Gamecocks (5-2, 2-2 SEC) recorded their first win over the Aggies after eight losses and their first four-game winning streak since 2013.

Lloyd’s second touchdown on a 4-yard run gave the Gamecocks a two-score cushion in the closing minutes. They needed it as the Aggies recovered an onsides kick after Randy Bond’s third field goal with 10 seconds left.

The loss saddled fifth-year coach Jimbo Fisher with his first three-game losing streak with the Aggies (3-4, 1-3).

The Aggies made a game of it despite falling behind by three scores in the first quarter but couldn’t overcome the early deficit despite Devon Achane’s 99 rushing yards.

When they lost starting quarterback Haynes King (17-of-32 for 178 yards) to an apparent shoulder injury with 12:54 left, true freshman Conner Weigman had to take over. He finished 8-of-15 passing for 91 yards.

The Gamecocks led 17-0 just a little over five minutes into the game. Xavier Legette returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, Darius Rush’s 59-yard interception return led to a field goal, and Tonka Hemingway’s 20-yard run after a fumble recovery set up Christian Beal-Smith’s 5-yard touchdown run.

But the Aggies began chipping away at their early deficit. Bond’s two field goals, one a 51-yarder, and King’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Max Wright made it a 17-14 game at the half.

The two teams exchanged touchdowns in the third quarter.

The Gamecocks took advantage of a short field for Lloyd’s 18-yard scoring run and the Aggies countered with Achane’s 15-yard burst up the middle following Rattler’s fumble to make it a 3-point game entering the final period.

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2022; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Shane Beamer looks on during the third quarter against the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

After bye, South Carolina aims for first win in series vs. Texas A&M

South Carolina is seeking its first four-game winning streak since 2013 while Texas A&M will try to halt a two-game losing skid when they meet Saturday night in a Southeastern Conference matchup in Columbia, S.C.

The Gamecocks (4-2, 1-2 SEC) beat Kentucky 24-14 on the road in their last outing while the Aggies (3-3, 1-2) lost 24-20 at Alabama when Haynes King’s pass into the end zone on their final play fell incomplete.

Both teams are coming off bye weeks, which might seem to favor the Gamecocks. They are 14-3 after open dates since 2009 while the Aggies are 9-9 after open dates in the same stretch.

But the Aggies lead the series 8-0, with one of the wins after a bye in 2019.

“They’ve been better and we need to play and coach a lot better than we have in the past,” South Carolina coach Shane Beamer said. “Certainly, any time when you have the opportunity to do something you haven’t done, that’s motivation.”

The time away from playing games could help the Gamecocks get some players back from nagging injuries, but Beamer said that receiver Corey Rucker (foot) remains out. The Arkansas State transfer has played in only one game and has just one catch, but it was for a 52-yard touchdown.

Beamer also confirmed that safety R.J. Roderick, who has been limited to three games (one start) because of an arm injury, is no longer with the team.

The Aggies began the year with high hopes after being ranked No. 6 in the AP preseason poll, but losses to Appalachian State and Mississippi State quickly knocked them out of the Top 25. Coach Jimbo Fisher doesn’t consider the close loss to then No. 1 Alabama as a “moral victory” but does see some good in it.

“I think it shows you what we’re capable of and how we can do things,” Fisher said. “But we have to find a way to make those plays to get over the hump in any of the three phases of what we do.”

South Carolina leads the nation in blocked punts with five.

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Chris Marshall (10) catches a pass against Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back DeMarcco Hellams (2) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 Alabama staves off Texas A&M, 24-20

Starting in relief of injured quarterback Bryce Young, freshman Jalen Milroe threw three touchdown passes and No. 1 Alabama needed a late defensive stand to edge visiting Texas A&M 24-20 on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) avenged a loss to the Aggies (3-3, 1-2) last season, which at the time knocked Alabama from the No. 1 ranking.

Alabama’s Jordan Battle appeared to seal the game for the Crimson Tide when he intercepted a pass into the end zone by Texas A&M quarterback Haynes King with three seconds left. But Alabama was penalized for defensive holding, giving the Aggies one last chance from the Tide’s 2-yard line.

But King overthrew Evan Stewart in the corner of the end zone with Terrion Arnold in coverage as time expired.

King completed 25 of 46 passes for 253 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while Stewart caught eight passes for 106 yards to lead Texas A&M.

Alabama, however, gave the Aggies every chance to become just the third team to beat Alabama back-to-back during Nick Saban’s tenure as Crimson Tide coach.

A&M has not defeated Alabama at Tuscaloosa since 2012 and the Tide remained undefeated in the Saban-era in October.

The Tide turned the ball over four times, including three lost fumbles.

The Aggies were still within a touchdown of tying the game in the fourth quarter after typically accurate Alabama kicker Will Reichard missed two consecutive field goals. Reichard did, however, make a 50-yarder with 12 seconds left in the first half to put the Tide ahead for good.

Texas A&M drove into the red zone to Alabama’s 19-yard line before its drive stalled late in the fourth. Aggies kicker Randy Bond cut the deficit to 24-20 with 3:32 left after connecting on a 45-yard field goal.

With Young sitting out after injuring his right shoulder in last week’s win over Arkansas, Milroe ran for 83 yards on 17 carries and completed 12 of 19 passes for 111 yards, with one interception.

But Alabama’s running game once again propelled its offense.

Jahmyr Gibbs led the way with 154 yards on 21 carries as Alabama totaled 288 yards rushing overall.

–Field Level Media