- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- For the first time this season, Texas A&M defensive end Damontre Moore did not have a sack in a game.
In the Aggies' 58-10 win over Arkansas on Saturday, the junior came close, but wasn't able to register a successful takedown of quarterback Tyler Wilson before Wilson released a pass.
When it was time for Moore to come out of the game for good, he was well aware that it hadn't happened. But given the win, he was OK with it.
"When the coaches took us out, I was a little sad because I was so close," Moore said. "When I thought about it when [the coaches] took me out, I thought 'Oh, I didn't get my sack today.' But at the same time I think it plays a factor into the maturity thing."
Moore's maturity and growth has been a focus this season for himself, hammered home by coach Kevin Sumlin and Moore's defensive coaches, coordinator Mark Snyder and defensive line coach Terry Price. After referencing the maturity, Moore uttered a phrase you might not hear often from a defensive end.
"I don't care about the sacks," he said. "The coaches put me in the best position as possible and me doing my scheme and other players doing what they do, it allows me to get one-on-one matchups or free releases to get a sack. I'm happy that I get them, but at the same time, I'm not worried about that. I'm worried about 'What can I do?'
"If I do my assignment right and I hold up this tight end or splatter a tackle...and free up one of my guys and they get a [tackle for loss] or they get a sack, I'm just as happy because it's not about me, it's about the team."
Despite not getting a sack, Moore still made his presence felt in the backfield on Saturday. He added 2.5 tackles for loss, giving him 10.5 for the year, and made perhaps the play that helped put the Razorbacks away for good in the third quarter. After getting into the backfield and blowing right by Arkansas running back Knile Davis, whiffing on a tackle, Moore turned around, chased Davis down and punched the ball out to force a fumble, which was picked up by Aggie teammate Tramain Jacobs and returned 28 yards for a touchdown. That gave A&M a 44-10 lead with 7:06 to go in the third quarter.
"It happened so fast," Moore said. "I got back there and thought I should have had the TFL but I let him slip out and he bounced out to the right. I was so determined, since I missed that tackle, that I needed to go back and make something happened and be a difference maker."
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