Live updates, Fourth Quarter: No. 3 Florida Gators at No. 20 Texas A&M Aggies

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Kyle Trask, right, and Kyle Pitts celebrate a first-quarter touchdown during the Gators' game against the Aggies on Saturday at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.

Live updates from No. 3 Florida's college football game at No. 20 Texas A&M:

The Gators are making only their second visit in school history to College Station, Texas for a game vs. Texas A&M. UF's first trip to Texas A&M was in 2012, which marked the Aggies' first game as a member of the SEC. Florida won 20-17 at Kyle Field, which has undergone a significant renovation since. ESPN reporter says Aggies expect 30,000 fans in stadium.

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask grew up in Texas in a family full of relatives who attended Texas A&M, including his parents. He has about 30 family members and friends in attendance today, according to ESPN.

Notes: According to Nick de la Torre (@NickdelaTorreGC) on site, UF backup quarterback Emory Jones was not warming up before the game. He didn't make the trip. Redshirt freshman Anthony Richardson, a Gainesville Eastside High grad, will back up Trask. Linebacker Khris Bogle and Kyree Campbell (ther third game in a row for the defensive tackle) and DB CJ McWilliams are also unavailable. Safety Brad Stewart will make his return. Bogle is one of UF's better pass rushers coming off the edge. ... The Gators wore pink T-shirts during warmups for Breast Cancer awareness.



Florida            14

Texas A&M       7

Kyle-to-Kyle combo works again for the Gators, this time for a five-yard TD and Evan McPherson's kick made it 7-0 on the first drive with 7:32 showing. The score capped a 17-play, 75-yard drive. Florida converted three third downs and a fourth down on that drive.

The Aggies tied it with an impressive drive of their own. QB Kellen Mond completed an 11-yard TD pass to Chase Lane. Seth Small added the kick at 3:59 to tie the game.  The drive went seven plays and 75 yards.

Trask connected with Kadarius Toney for an 11-yard TD with 1:42 left in the quarter to put UF up 14-7. McPherson's kick capped a five-play, 75-yard drive.


What went right: The offense got off to a near-flawless start, taking the opening kickoff and putting together a time-consuming 75-yard touchdown drive that ate almost half of the quarter. The TD came on — what else — a touchdown pass from Kyle Trask to tight end Kyle Pitts. What kept the drive alive late was a 16-yard Trask-to-Pitts connection that converted a third-and-14 from the A&M 34. Then, after the defense gave up a quick touchdown drive to the Aggies, Trask and the Gators had the quick answer — an 11-yard TD strike to Kadarius Toney to put the Gators back on top.

 What went wrong: The defense got off to another sloppy, ineffective start, with the Aggies matching UF’s first TD drive with one of their own. On the score — an 11-yard pass from Kellen Mond to Chase Lane — the Gators way out of position in the secondary. And just like in the opener against Ole Miss, the Gators gave up a deep pass play down the middle — a 49-yard strike from Mond to Caleb Chapman —con the drive.

 Play of the quarter: A 39-yard catch-and-run by running back Malik Davis on the Gators' second TD drive.

Trending: Trask and Mond.

— Robbie Andreu



Florida            14       7

Texas A&M       7     10

Mond connected for his second score on third down, this one 2 yards to tight end Caleb Chapman. The score capped a 13-play, 92-yard drive in 6:28 time of possession.

Redshirt freshman running back Nay'Quan Wright put UF up 21-14 with a one-yard scoring run with 4:14 remaining in quarter. The score capped an 11-play, 75-yard drive.

Small kicked a 19-yard field goal on the last play of the half to bring the Aggies within 21-17 at the break.


 What went right: In what was turning into a Texas shootout, Trask and the offense kept doing their part. After A&M tied the game 14-14, the Gators again had an answer, driving right down the field to regain the lead on a 1-yard run by redshirt freshman running back Nay’Quan Wright, who was the star of the drive, with back-to-back 10-yard runs.

 What went wrong: The usual, really, third-down failure by the UF defense, which once again could not get off the field — or keep the Aggies out of the end zone after the Gators had taken a 14-7 lead. On a 96-yard scoring drive, the Aggies were four-for-four on third down, including on the TD, a 3-yard pass from Mond to Chapman. In the closing minutes of the quarter, more of the same. The Aggies drove right down the field, converting both third-down plays, and kicked a chip-shot field goal on the final play to cut the Gators lead to 21-17. So, for the UF defense, zero stops in the quarter — and the first half.

 Play of the quarter: An 18-yard pass from Trask to Justin Shorter on the Gators’ TD drive.

 Trending: Offense.

— Robbie Andreu



Florida            14       7    7

Texas A&M       7     10    7

After the Aggies went nowhere to open the second half, Trask drove the Gators to another touchdown, this one a 37-yard pass play to Toney to give UF a 28-17 lead at the 9:38 mark. The score capped a six-play, 90-yard drive.

Aggies running back Isaiah Spiller scored on a three-yard run to make the score UF 28-24 with 4:18 remaining in the quarter. The run-dominated drive covered 75 yards on 10 plays. Now the Gators are getting badly gashed in the running game. They looked gassed up front. 

Gators have allowed 356 yards with time to go in the third quarter. Now defense can’t stop the run either. A&M averaging 7.1 yards a play and 8-9 on third down


What went right: Florida managed to capitalize on Texas A&M’s miscues, in addition to several penalties, once again in the third quarter, resulting in Kadarius Toney’s 37-yard touchdown reception on UF’s first drive of the second half. But the ugly truth is it barely overshadowed Florida’s mistakes. 

What went wrong: Mostly the defense. Immediately after Kyle Trask’s strike to Kadarius Toney, the Aggies drove 75 yards in 10 plays to make it a one-possession game and put the onus back on Florida’s offense. The next drive exemplified why the Gators simply can’t rely on outsourcing the opposition as Florida would settle for a 36-yard punt by Jacob Finn. 

Play of the quarter: For Florida, it has to be Toney’s touchdown as UF’s lone scoring play of the quarter. Although one could certainly make the case that Michael Clemons’ personal foul penalty was the biggest play of the quarter. Not only did it nullify an interception by the Aggies, but it set up the Toney touchdown several plays later. 

Trending: The Aggies, who have a chance to take their first lead of the game with the ball on the Florida 37-yard line.

— Graham Hall



Spiller broke off a 19-yard scoring run on fourth down to put Texas A&M up 31-28 with 12:35 remaining. Spiller has been a Gator killer in the second half. Two TD runs and all kinds of yards rushing (18 for 137) against a worn out UF defense.

A delay of game and a false start makes this a 53-yard attempt by McPherson, but he nailed it to tie the game at 31-all at the 9:54 mark.

Jeremiah Moon forces a fumble and Marco Wilson recovers it to give the Gators the ball on the Aggie 37 following a converted third down by the Aggies.

Safety Brad Stewart is down on the field, getting looked at by trainers. He's laying face down on the turf. He got up and headed to locker room.

Trask throws a one-yard TD pass to running back Dameon Pierce for a 38-31 lead at the 6:14 mark.

Mond hits Chapman for a 51-yard TD pass at the 4:30 mark, beating Wilson. Small's kick was tipped, but went through to tie it back up at 38-all.

Davis fumbles and Aggies recover at the 50.

Small kicked a 26-yard field goal to give the Aggies the win as time expired.


What went right: Dan Mullen wasn’t kidding when he said Evan McPherson could hit a 60-yard field goal. After two penalties turned a 43-yard attempt into a 53-yarder, McPherson stepped up and placed a kick between the goalposts that looked as if it could have sailed 10 more yards. The kick pulled Florida even with the Aggies, and Florida would get the ball back four plays later on Jeremiah Moon’s forced fumble and Marco Wilson’s subsequent recovery. But that’s about it in what was a season-defining fourth quarter for the Gators, and not for good reason. 

What went wrong: The defense, which shouldn’t come as any surprise for those watching Florida’s 12 quarters of action thus far. The Aggies carved up the Gators on the decisive final drive to set up Seth Small’s game-winning 26-yard field goal. 

Play of the quarter: It could be any of the multiple missed tackles, miscues or simple errors the Gators experienced in the fourth quarter that led to Small’s nail in the coffin. The Gators head home licking their wounds after a shocking loss on the road.

— Graham Hall

The Gators (2-1) return home to play LSU at 3:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.

Florida            14       7    7    10 — 38

Texas A&M       7     10    7     17 — 41

First Quarter

FLA_K.Pitts 5 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), 7:32.

TXAM_Lane 11 pass from Mond (Small kick), 3:59.

FLA_Toney 11 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), 1:42.

Second Quarter

TXAM_Chapman 2 pass from Mond (Small kick), 9:33.

FLA_N.Wright 1 run (McPherson kick), 4:14.

TXAM_FG Small 19, :00.

Third Quarter

FLA_Toney 37 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), 9:38.

TXAM_Spiller 3 run (Small kick), 4:18.

Fourth Quarter

TXAM_Spiller 19 run (Small kick), 12:35.

FLA_FG McPherson 53, 9:54.

FLA_Pierce 1 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), 6:14.

TXAM_Chapman 51 pass from Mond (Small kick), 4:30.

TXAM_FG Small 26, :00.

                         FLA        TXAM

First downs        22        32

Rushes-yards    24-90      38-205

Passing               312          338

Comp-Att-Int     23-32-0        25-36-0

Return Yards          0              3

Punts-Avg.             1-36.0    1- 36.0

Fumbles-Lost           1-1         2-1

Penalties-Yards         5-32      5-67

Time of Possession    25:23     34:37


RUSHING_Florida, N.Wright 6-31, Pierce 7-25, M.Davis 5-21, Toney 1-9, Trask 5-4. Texas A&M, Spiller 27-174, A.Smith 5-23, Mond 6-8.

PASSING_Florida, Trask 23-32-0-312. Texas A&M, Mond 25-35-0-338, (Team) 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING_Florida, Toney 7-92, K.Pitts 5-47, M.Davis 3-73, Grimes 3-44, Shorter 2-22, N.Wright 1-26, Gamble 1-7, Pierce 1-1. Texas A&M, Chapman 9-151, Wydermyer 5-53, Lane 5-52, A.Smith 4-53, Spiller 1-18, Ka.Brown 1-11.


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