1) NO TURNOVERS! The Tigers committed no turnovers and Sergio Gilliam picked off Reggie McNeal to give the Tigers the edge in the turnover battle. The improved running game allowed for less risk on offense. Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst was sharp going 14-19 for 188 yards, and never had a pass that was close to being picked off.
2) Play-Calling - Offensive coordinator Rob Spence had a gameplan that worked for the offense and the defense. The Texas A&M offense is very difficult to stop, so the Tigers’ offense did a good job of keeping them off the field. The Tigers ran 30 more plays than the Aggies and controlled the ball for a little more than 37 minutes.
3) Depth - Coach Bowden praised his depth all fall. The heated competition in August paid off Saturday night. Will Proctor proved he is capable of leading this team to a victory as Coach Bowden had stated he was. The running back by committee worked out well. James Davis was fresh and ready to pound a fatigued Aggie defense.
4) Special Teams - In 2002, the Tigers appeared to be special teams shy of being a very good football team. The Tigers lost road games at Georgia and Florida State, because of special teams miscues. Now special teams is a strength of this team. Chansi Stuckey showed he is to be feared in the return game in the absence of Justin Miller. Jad Dean proved once again that when it matters he is money.
5) Gaines Adams - Adams had some missed assignments on the night, but his play on the final third and four was simply amazing. I encourage everyone to go back and watch this play again. Adams holds his assignment, then runs down Jason Carter from behind and makes the play to stop the Aggies. It was a play that could not be fully appreciated at full speed. The more I have watched this play, the more I am impressed with Adams. Hopefully, Adams will build off of this play to have a great year.