BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M defense stymied Mississippi State and Jaylen Henderson held up his end of the bargain in his Kyle Field debut, propelling the Aggies to a 51-10 takedown of the Bulldogs.
The Texas A&M defense held an opponent without an offensive touchdown for the third time this season and the Aggie offense registered its most points in an SEC game since the 2014 season opener against South Carolina (52-28).
Henderson accounted for four touchdowns in his first game at Kyle Field. He completed 11-of-19 passes for 150 yards and two scores. He rushed 12 times for 60 yards and two more touchdowns.
The Aggies started behind the 8-ball when Mississippi State’s Zavion Thomas returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, but A&M’s defense held the Bulldogs to just a second quarter field goal for the remainder of the game.
The Aggies forced four turnovers, including the first three interception game in league action since 2015. The highlight was a scoop-and-score by Shemar Stewart after a forced fumble by Jarred Kerr. Tyreek Chappell, Deuce Harmon and Jacoby Mathews picked off passes.
It did not take long for Texas A&M to respond to the Bulldogs’ opening sortie as Henderson marshaled Ol’ Sarge’s charges on a six-play, 80-yard drive to tie the game three minutes later. Henderson called his own number on the touchdown, scampering 22 yards to paydirt to tie the score 7-7 just over three minutes into the game.
Texas A&M dominated the rest of the half, with three more touchdowns and a pair of Randy Bond field goals to lead 34-10 at the intermission. The 34 points were the most for the Aggies in the first half of an SEC game since they scored 35 against Auburn in 2014.
Amari Daniels’ 1-yard touchdown plunge put the Aggies up 17-10 at the 2:32 mark of the first quarter. Randy Bond kicked the ball through the uprights from 33 and 52 yards before Kyle Ferrie got Mississippi State back on the board with a 35-yard field goal with 6:55 left in the half.
The Aggies kept their foot on the gas pedal the rest of the half. Henderson hit Ainias Smith on a 19-yard slip screen for a score at the 4:58 mark and Henderson added his second rushing touchdown from 11 yards out in the waning moments of the first half.
Texas A&M closed out the scoring…