COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Mississippi State dropped a 49-30 decision to Texas A&M despite solid offensive outputs from quarterback Garrett Shrader and running back Kylin Hill on Saturday at Kyle Field.
Hill led MSU's (3-5, 1-4 SEC) ground attack and racked up 150 rushing yards on 21 carries and one score as the Bulldogs outrushed Texas A&M (5-3, 3-2 SEC) by a 239-207 margin. Hill compiled his fifth rushing game of 100-plus yards this season and eighth of his career. Six of his eight career 100-plus rushing outputs have come against SEC opponents.
Shrader registered 194 yards through the air and accounted for a career-high three passing touchdowns to become the first Bulldog freshman to throw at least five touchdowns during a single season since quarterback Tyler Russell had five in 2010.
The freshman signal caller also amassed 64 rushing yards on 14 carries. Shrader is the fourth MSU quarterback to record 1,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards in a single season since 2000. He joined Nick Fitzgerald, Dak Prescott and Chris Relf.
Two rushing scores by the Aggies' quarterback Kellen Mond brought the score to 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
To start the second quarter, Hill scampered 36 yards to Texas A&M's 35-yard line. Two plays later, Garrett Shrader found Stephen Guidry from 32-yards out for State's first score of the game.
The Aggies responded as Mond connected with Jhamon Ausbon and Kendrick Rogers for 19 and 16 yard touchdown receptions 4:46 apart to give Texas A&M a 28-7 advantage.
Mississippi State strung together a 16-play drive just before halftime, highlighted by an 18-yard rush by Hill, an 11-yard carry from Shrader and 19-yard pass to Farrod Green. The Bulldogs had to settle for a Jace Christmann 33-yard field goal to cut A&M's lead to 28-10 at halftime.
The Aggies and Bulldogs traded scores for the entirety of the second half which including two touchdown receptions from Isaiah Zuber, one for 14 yards and the other for 38 yards. Zuber has tallied a career-high two touchdown receptions twice in his career. The previous time as a member of Kansas State's team against Iowa State on Nov. 24, 2018.
Brian Cole II paced the Bulldogs' defense with a career-high nine total tackles, ignited by six solo stops and a quarterback hurry. Jaquarius Landrews and Marquiss Spencer followed with eight and six tackles, respectively. Spencer's six stops also marked a career-high.
State stays on the road next weekend, travelling to meet Arkansas (2-5, 0-4 SEC) in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Kickoff time is slated for 3 p.m. CT at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium and the game will be televised by the SEC Network.
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