COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Jimbo Fisher received his first win in opposition to a top-five opponent since taking on at Texas A&M.
And similar to that, he began waiting for subsequent weekend.
“This sport reveals you what you’re able to,” the coach mentioned. “Now I wish to see what do you comply with up with?”
Isaiah Spiller rushed for 174 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 21 Texas A&M beat fourth-ranked Florida 41-38 on Seth Small’s 26-yard subject purpose as time expired Saturday.
Spiller helped get the Aggies get into place for Small’s decisive kick, sending A&M to its first win over a top-five group since a 41-38 victory over No. 3 Auburn in 2014. It was the college’s first such victory at house because it toppled No. 1 Oklahoma 30-26 in 2002.
“I believe it is a actual massive confidence-booster,” Spiller mentioned. “I really feel like we actually gained our identification.”
Fisher disregarded the notion that it was a signature win or it meant greater than something he’s finished in three seasons in Faculty Station.
“It’s an excellent win,” he mentioned. “It’s a giant win … however they’re all massive wins.”
Kellen Mond threw a 51-yard cross to Caleb Chapman for a tying TD with about 4½ minutes to go.
The Gators had been driving when Buddy Johnson pressured a fumble by Malik Davis, and it was recovered by DeMarvin Leal to arrange the game-ending subject purpose.
“We had loads of alternatives to place the sport away,” quarterback Kyle Trask mentioned. “So you may’t blame all of it on one play as a result of it shouldn’t even been shut if we might have executed on the drives that we didn’t rating on.”
Mond handed for 338 yards and three touchdowns to assist the Aggies (2-1, 2-1 SEC) down the beforehand undefeated Gators (2-1, 2-1).
Not like Fisher, Mond, who turned Texas A&M’s profession chief in yards passing Saturday, raved concerning the significance of such a high-profile win.
“We’ve had some massive wins (however) that is undoubtedly big,” he mentioned. “This undoubtedly I really feel like generally is a culture-changing win and solely can provide this group extra confidence.”
Trask, who was named after Kyle Subject by his A&M-graduate dad and mom, had 312 yards passing and 4 TDs. However the Gators had been finished in by the late mistake and one other poor efficiency by their protection.
“We’re enjoying 10 SEC video games in a row,” Florida coach Dan Mullen mentioned. “Now we have to recover from this one fast. It’s extra like an NFL schedule.”
Mullen was disenchanted that the Gators allowed A&M to transform 12 of 15 third-down alternatives.
“We’re going to guage a number of issues defensively, and our potential to make performs and get off the sphere,” he mentioned.
Chapman completed with 9 receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns because the Aggies bounced again from final week’s lopsided loss to No. 2 Alabama.
Leon O’Neal intercepted Trask on Florida’s first drive of the second half, however the play was worn out by a hands-to-the-face penalty on Michael Clemons. There was a scuffle after a play later within the drive that resulted in unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for each groups.
Kadarius Toney grabbed his second TD reception on the subsequent play, a 37-yarder that made it 28-17 Gators with about 10 minutes left within the third.
One other unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Aggies, this one on Andre White, occurred on the following kickoff and it appeared as if Florida was in command of the sport.
However then Spiller received going. Texas A&M grinded it out on its subsequent drive, passing simply as soon as on a 10-play possession capped by a 3-yard TD from Spiller.
Florida led 28-24 early within the fourth when Spiller struck once more, operating 19 yards for a landing on a fourth-and-2 play. Spiller bounced off a number of defenders earlier than waltzing into the tip zone after which hitting the Florida fan part with a Gator chomp.
Florida’s Evan McPherson kicked a tying 53-yard subject purpose with about 9½ minutes remaining, setting the stage for a wild end.
The sport was tied when Ainias Smith fumbled after a reception and the ball was recovered by Marco Wilson. The Gators cashed in on the error when Trask threw a 1-yard landing cross to Dameon Pierce to make it 38-31 with about six minutes left.
Kyle Pitts gave the Gators an early lead when he leaped above two defenders for a 5-yard landing reception on the primary drive. The Aggies tied it up when Mond linked with Chase Lane on an 11-yard TD on their first possession.
Trask’s second TD cross got here on the subsequent drive when he discovered Toney for an 11-yard seize.
Mond then orchestrated a 14-play, 94-yard drive capped by a landing cross to Chapman after that.
Florida regained the lead on Nay’Quan Wright’s 1-yard scoring run with about 4 minutes left within the second.
A subject purpose by the Aggies on the finish of the second reduce the result in 21-17 at halftime.
Each groups confirmed off their offensive firepower, however might want to enhance on protection after a sport the place the groups mixed for greater than 900 yards.
Mullen thought A&M’s crowd performed a consider win, though solely 24,709 followers had been allowed due to the coronavirus. Now that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has lifted capability restrictions at sporting occasions within the state, Mullen needs to see a a lot greater crowd than he noticed Saturday when the Gators are at house subsequent week.
“I actually hope our college administration follows the governor,” Mullen mentioned. “The governor has handed a rule that we’re allowed to pack the Swamp and have 90,000 within the Swamp to present us the home-field benefit Texas A&M had.”
The Gators allowed 17,000 followers for his or her house opener on Oct. 3.
The Aggies ought to transfer up a number of spots after knocking off the Gators, and Florida will definitely drop after shedding to a group that didn’t actually put up a battle in opposition to Alabama final week.
Florida: Hosts No. 17 LSU subsequent Saturday within the first of two straight house video games.
Texas A&M: Travels to go to Mississippi State subsequent Saturday.