The No. 12 Texas A&M Aggies were taking on the Texas State Bobcats Thursday night at Kyle Field, but their biggest game of the season isn’t until the week after when they go on the road to face the Clemson Tigers.
As evidenced by the Aggies’ 41-7 drubbing of the Bobcats, the focus stayed on Texas State and not on the defending national champions.
“There was no looking at Clemson, doing anything with Clemson,” coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters. “That’s a fact. We’ve learned that. We’re not going to do that. You don’t want to get that ready for somebody that early anyway. You can be too ready too early. And you have got to learn to play the game at hand, and I thought they did that.”
Texas A&M out-gained Texas State 478 to 219 and intercepted the Bobcats four times on pass defense. The Aggies were efficient in the red zone going 6-of-8 from inside the 20-yard line.
Quarterback Kellen Mond completed 19 passes on 27 attempts for a touchdown and an interception along with carrying five times for 25 yards and a touchdown. The junior didn’t think it was too difficult to stay focused on the Bobcats and not the No. 1 Tigers.
“I mean, personally I didn’t think it was that hard,” Mond said. “We were going to take it one game at a time and, you know, all my effort and preparation and everything was into Texas State. So, I mean, all the stuff that I worked on, you know, they came out and ran the same exact stuff that I prepared.
“You have to take it one game at a time. So now we’re going to start Clemson, working on that probably tomorrow, and then we’ll go on from there.”
The Aggies go on the road with kickoff at 2:30 p.m. Last season, Clemson edged Texas A&M 28-26.