Jimbo Fisher received his first win towards a top-five opponent since taking up at Texas A&M.
And identical to that, he began looking forward to subsequent weekend.
“This recreation reveals you what you’re able to,” the coach mentioned. “Now I need 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 discipline aim 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 crew since a 41-38 victory over No. Three Auburn in 2014. It was the varsity’s first such victory at residence because it toppled No. 1 Oklahoma 30-26 in 2002.
“I feel it is a actual large confidence-booster,” Spiller mentioned. “I really feel like we actually gained our identification.”
Fisher dismissed the notion that it was a signature win or it meant greater than something he’s performed in three seasons in School Station.
“It’s win,” he mentioned. “It’s a giant win … however they’re all large wins.”
“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’d 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 large wins (however) that is undoubtedly large,” he mentioned. “This undoubtedly I really feel like could be a culture-changing win and solely may give this crew extra confidence.”
Trask, who was named after Kyle Subject by his A&M-graduate mother and father, had 312 yards passing and 4 TDs. However the Gators had been performed in by the late mistake and one other poor efficiency by their protection.
“We’re taking part in 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 dissatisfied that the Gators allowed A&M to transform 12 of 15 third-down alternatives.
“We’re going to guage loads of issues defensively, and our capability to make performs and get off the sector,” 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.
One other unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Aggies, this one on Andre White, occurred on the following kickoff and it seemed as if Florida was answerable for 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, running 19 yards for a touchdown on a fourth-and-2 play. Spiller bounced off a number of defenders earlier than waltzing into the top zone after which hitting the Florida fan part with a Gator chomp.
Florida’s Evan McPherson kicked a tying 53-yard discipline aim 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 go 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 touchdown reception on the primary drive. The Aggies tied it up when Mond related with Chase Lane on an 11-yard TD on their first possession.
Trask’s second TD go got here on the following drive when he discovered Toney for an 11-yard seize.
Mond then orchestrated a 14-play, 94-yard drive capped by a landing go 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 discipline aim by the Aggies on the finish of the second lower the result in 21-17 at halftime.
Each groups confirmed off their offensive firepower, however might want to enhance on protection after a recreation the place the groups mixed for greater than 900 yards.
Mullen thought A&M’s crowd performed a think about win, despite the fact that 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 larger crowd than he noticed Saturday when the Gators are at residence subsequent week.
“I definitely 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 provide us the home-field benefit Texas A&M had.”
The Gators allowed 17,000 followers for his or her residence opener on Oct. 3.
The Aggies ought to transfer up just a few spots after knocking off the Gators, and Florida will definitely drop after shedding to a crew that didn’t actually put up a struggle towards Alabama final week.
Florida: Hosts No. 17 LSU subsequent Saturday within the first of two straight residence video games.
Texas A&M: Travels to go to Mississippi State subsequent Saturday.