NCAA Game Summary - Florida at Texas A&M|
(Saturday, September 8th)
Final Score: (24) Florida 20, Texas A&M 17
College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Mike Gillislee ran for a pair of
touchdowns, leading No. 24 Florida to a 20-17 victory over Texas A&M,
spoiling the Aggies' season opener at Kyle Field.
Gillislee scored on a 4-yard touchdown run on the Gators' first drive of
the game to give them an early 7-3 lead. Trailing the Aggies 17-13 in the
beginning of the fourth quarter, the senior running back for Florida powered
his way across the goal line on a 12-yard carry to give the Gators the lead.
He finished with 83 yards on 14 carries.
Making their first trip to Texas since 1982, Florida (2-0, 1-0 SEC) dominated
the time of possession in the second half, 20:06 to 9:54. Saturday's matchup
was the first in-conference game between Florida and Texas A&M, as the
Aggies officially became a member of the SEC after 16 seasons as an affiliate
of the Big 12.
"Coming into this environment, which is a pretty solid environment, I thought
our guys responded well, hung in there and did what we had to do to win the
game," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "We're going to have a lot of games
like this. It's just who we are."
The Aggies (0-1, 0-1) led 17-10 at the end of the first half, but failed to
score in the third and fourth quarters, starting the Kevin Sumlin coaching era
off in losing fashion.
"We didn't make enough plays in the second half to be effective offensively
and penalties also got us behind the chains," Sumlin admitted. "Those are
things that we have to address that we've been addressing. Obviously that
point was not taken."
Johnny Manziel became the first redshirt freshman quarterback since 1944 to
open the regular season as the signal caller for Texas A&M and played very
well. He completed 23-of-30 passes, throwing for 173 yards and rushing for
another 60 on 17 carries and a touchdown.
Sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel overcame eight sacks from an intense Texas
A&M pass rush to throw for 162 yards on 13-of-16 efficiency. His 39-yard
strike early in the fourth quarter to Omarius Hines set up Gillislee's second
touchdown run of the game.
Jordan Reed led the Gators in receptions, hauling in five passes for 59 yards.
Mike Evans was Manziel's primary target, catching a game-high seven balls for
Damontre Moore was a big part of the Aggies' pass rush, finishing with seven
tackles and three sacks for a total loss of 21 yards.
After successful offensive production in the first half, Texas A&M's offense
stalled over the final two quarters. After tallying 269 yards of offense in
the first two quarters, the Aggies were held to just 65 yards through the air
and on the ground combined over the final two periods.
On the Aggies' second possession of the game, Manziel rushed for an 11-yard
touchdown on a 13-play, 81-yard scoring drive.
Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis connected on each of his two field goal attempts,
including a 51-yarder with less than two minutes to play in the first half to
cut Texas A&M's lead to 17-10.
The Gators and the Aggies met for just the third time in history ... Texas
A&M's first game against Louisiana Tech was postponed due to Hurricane Isaac
and has been rescheduled for Oct. 13 ... The Gators will travel to Tennessee
next week to take on the Volunteers ... The Aggies will hit the road to take
on Southern Methodist next week.
09/08 22:41:02 ET