Nick Starkel named Texas A&M's starting quarterback after performance against Auburn

  • Nick Starkel named Texas A&M's starting quarterback after performance against Auburn

Nick Starkel named Texas A&M's starting quarterback after performance against Auburn

Summary and statistics from No. 14 Auburn's game against Texas A&M at Kyle Field.

Both defenses opened the game flying to the ball and coming up with big stops. The Auburn Tigers were on the ropes in the second quarter against Texas A&M in Week 9, but by halftime they were up by eight points. Johnson, who normally gets in on the ground, caught a 2-yard Jarrett Stidham touchdown pass. The blocked punt score gifted Auburn a 21-13 lead at the half. The Aggies regained the lead when Keith Ford broke an Auburn tackle, getting into the end zone for six.

TEXAS A&M: The Aggies take a break from SEC play when they host New Mexico next Saturday before traveling to MS on November 18.

Darius Slayton beat A&M's defenders for the second time soon after that, and Stidham found him for a 46-yard reception to set up a 2-yard TD run by Johnson to extend the lead to 35-13. Auburn wasn't done scoring just yet. The Tigers outscored the Aggies 35-14 after Malik Miller recovered the block for the score. But Mond has performed well in several games this season and it's unclear if Sumlin will stick with Starkel for the team's last three games or give the 18-year-old Mond another chance. Armani Watts blocked a 52-yard field goal attempt to give the Aggies the ball back late in the third quarter.

Starkel was 11 of 22 passing for 184 yards and two touchdowns in his second straight appearance.

Starkel and the offense responded with a retort of their own: a 62-yard touchdown strike on a slant from Starkel to receiver Damion Ratley.

Texas A&M drove 54 yards on its first possession to take a 3-0 lead on a 39-yard field goal by Daniel LaCamera. The Aggies turned that blocked field goal into a drive that pushed inside the Auburn five, but the Tiger defense didn't flinch.

Stidham and company iced the game on the following drive, capping a 13-play drive, 86-yard drive with a jet sweep touchdown to Eli Stove on 3 and goal. With Auburn's win over the Aggies, the home team has still never won in the SEC West series' history.

Kerryon Johnson had another 100-yard performance in the absence of running-mate Kamryn Pettway.