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After suffering its first loss of the season last week against Alabama, Texas A&M earned its biggest win yet under head coach Jimbo Fisher on Saturday.
The Aggies rallied from 11 points for a thrilling 41-38 victory over No. 4 Florida in College Station. That thrilling victory earns Texas A&M the title of Fifth Quarter’s Team of the Week for Week 6.
At No. 4, Florida had its highest national ranking since 2012. After back-to-back 10-win seasons that culminated in New Year’s Six bowl victories, the Gators began the year ranked No. 5 and were as high as No. 3.
No. 21 Texas A&M was coming off a 52-24 loss to Alabama. The Aggies had not defeated a top-5 team since beating No. 3 Auburn 41-38 on Nov. 8, 2014.
Although Florida and Texas A&M had not played since 2017, fans in Gainesville were quite familiar with the Aggies’ head coach. Jimbo Fisher had been 7-1 against the Gators during his time as head coach at Florida State. With the win, he improves to 8-1 against Florida.
The offenses dominated the day, but the Texas A&M defense held Florida to just 10 points over the final 24:38. After Kadarius Toney hauled in a 37-yard touchdown from Kyle Trask to put the Gators up 28-17, the Aggies responded with back-to-back rushing touchdowns from Isaiah Spiller to take their first lead early in the fourth quarter.
Florida responded with the next 10 points. Dameon Pierce’s short touchdown catch gave Florida a 38-31 lead, but it took Kellen Mond and Texas A&M just four plays and 104 seconds to respond. Mond’s 51-yard touchdown toss to Caleb Chapman tied the game with four and a half minutes to go.
Florida reached midfield on the ensuing possession, but Malik Davis’ fumble was recovered by DeMarvin Leal and gave the Aggies the ball in plus territory. After converting two third downs and melting the clock, Seth Small knocked through the wining 26-yard field goal as time expired.
Despite trailing most of the way, Texas A&M dominated statistically. The Aggies finished with 543 yards to 402 for Florida. They also held the Gators’ ground attack to just 90 yards rushing on 3.8 yards per carry.
Trask was again solid for Florida with 312 yards and four touchdowns, but Mond may have been better. The Texas A&M signal caller finished with 338 yards passing and three touchdowns. Two of those went to Chapman, who finished with game-highs of nine catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Spiller finished with 174 yards rushing and the two scores for a Texas A&M team that went for 205 yards on the ground. When it came to converting third downs, Texas A&M was 12-for-15.
With the victory, Texas A&M made the biggest jump in this week’s AP Poll. The Aggies climbed 10 spots from No. 21 to No. 11. Florida fell six spots to No. 10.
After notching the biggest win of Fisher’s tenure, Texas A&M will now hit the road. The 2-1 Aggies will face Mississippi State on Saturday in Starkville.
Since stunning reigning national champion LSU in the opener, the Bulldogs have lost consecutive games. Saturday’s contest begins at 4 p.m. ET and airs on SEC Network.