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Texas A&M cemented its position as the Mid-South’s best team not named Life or Arkansas State with a 38-8 defeat of Notre Dame in College Station, Texas Saturday.

The Aggies led just 12-3 at halftime, having left a pair of prime scoring opportunities on the table.

“I guarantee, when I watch film, I’m going to be real upset,” said A&M coach Brett Mills. “Two for-sure tries that we turned over on bad passes, that were almost walk-in tries in the first half, we wasted.”

A&M went aggressively on attack in after the break, starting with a 50-meter penalty kick from Connor Mills.

“That kind of set the tone for the second half,” said Mills, who happens to be Connor’s father. “We attacked them much better at the breakdown, too, in the second half.”

Connor was the high-scorer of the day, chipping in four penalties, three conversions and dotting down one try for a tally of 23 points.

Coach Mills was complimentary of the effort of the Fighting Irish.

“Those Notre Dame kids are tough and they’re disciplined,” he said. “Physically, it was a great test. They were not backing down an inch all day today.”

Notre Dame gets next week off, while A&M hosts Arkansas State.