Texas A&M hoping this 3-0 start created differently

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SEC replay officials overturned the ejection to the dismay Auburn's players and coaches. "We eliminated explosive plays".

Auburn held a 7-3 lead at the end of the first quarter, but it was all Texas A&M after that as they outscored Auburn 26-9.

On the first play of the game, Auburn quarterback Sean White barely had time to receive the shotgun snap before the 6-foot-5, 270-pound pass rusher was on top of him for an 8-yard sack. The Crimson Tide's victory kept them firmly atop the conference rankings, with Texas A&M staying right behind them by winning at Auburn.

Danny Etling completed 19 of 30 passes for 215 yards in his first start for LSU (2-1, 1-0), including a 37-yard touchdown strike to D.J. Chark. The Tigers were also able to lock down their defense in the red zone.

Williams marched the Bulldogs 66 yards in nine plays, then scored MSU's first TD on a 1-yard run. On the next play Knight took matters into his own hands taking the ball over right tackle and up the field for a 16-yard scamper to the Auburn 35. Auburn enjoyed its best drive since the first quarter until the Aggies made a fourth-down stop on their 10.The Aggies went up 29-10 two plays later after Williams went the distance.Franklin engineered a touchdown drive to close out the scoring.Kamryn Pettway led the Tigers with 123 yards on 20 rushes and a touchdown.The Aggies bounced back from a 7-0 deficit to take a 16-10 lead into halftime.

Auburn (1-2), a program which hasn't defeated a Power 5 conference program at home since a 2014 win over SC, never trusted quarterback Sean White to challenge the A&M defense vertically down the field. "But it's still three games".

Knight wasn't exactly efficient, going 20 of 40 through the air for 247 yards and one touchdown, but he facilitated first down plays from the Aggies numerous playmakers, and even extended a few plays with his legs.

Kevin Steele's defense came to play, but when the offense is giving the ball back so quickly and so often, it's hard to keep holding on. Texas A&M was forced to settle for five field goals from their freshman kicker. After the team's demoralizing 29-16 loss to Texas A&M, it's clear that Gus Malzahn's problem is much more complex. The secondary allowed only 163 passing yards and no touchdowns.

The No. 17 Aggies improved to 3-0.

"'It wasn't all Sean", Malzahn said in a frustrated tone. "We'd get down there and have some opportunities to get the ball in the end zone". They just meshed charged and they got us.

But a LaCamera field goal and a 5-yard touchdown pass-and-catch from Trevor Knight to Josh Reynolds provided the Aggies with a 10-7 lead with 12:07 left in the second quarter. The touchdown was Reynolds' 20th-career receiving score, as he finished the night as A&M's leading receiver with seven receptions for 98 yards.

The difference Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium was quite simple. Sumlin noted that although the season is young, he is content on the direction his team is heading. How this matchup goes should be a key determining factor in which team wins this game. "The goal is to be 1-0 every week, and so far we are".

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