No. 21 Texas A&M upsets No. 4 Florida for biggest win under Jimbo Fisher
Texas A&M has finally achieved its signature victory under Jimbo Fisher.
The Aggies, ranked 21st after being knocked down by Alabama a week ago, welcomed Florida No. 4 to Kyle Field for a 41-38 win.
After Kellen Mond hit the unknown wideout Caleb Chapman for a 51-yard bomb to get the result at 38:38 by 4:30, the A&M holdings forced their first turnover of the day - Florida RB Malik Davis - to get the ball back near the midfield.
From there, Mond led the A&M offensive deep into the Florida area to score the game-winning field goal, a 26-yard chip shot by Seth Small that A&M believers could celebrate with.
It was a strong performance from a Texas A&M offense that wasn't very impressive at the start of the season. One of the most talented players in the country but often maligned for its inconsistency, Moon played one of the better games of his college career. He threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns, including two for Chapman.
Chapman only had six catches for 52 yards in 15 career games on Saturday. In this case, he caught nine passes for 151 yards and two points. His fourth quarter result was a big one-off as Moon slightly undercut the deep ball.
Mond and Chapman weren't the only stars for the A&M offense. While the passing game showed the way early and led the game to a draw, it was Isaiah Spiller who took the lead in the second half. Spiller rushed to 26 carry for 171 yards and two touchdowns, including a bloody 19-yard scoring run in a 4-2 game.
That Spiller touchdown put A&M in the lead by 12:35, but Kyle Trask and the strong UF offense reacted.
First, UF linked the game with a 53-yard field goal from Evan McPherson. And on the drive that followed, Florida A & Ms Ainias Smith forced a great success. Five games later, Dameon Pierce gave the Gators a 38-31 lead with 6:14 to play.
From then on, everything was A&M. The Mond-Chapman connection brought the game to a standstill, and the offensive quickly returned to the field after Davis' fiddling. The game that ultimately sealed the win for A&M was a 16-yard pitch-and-catch for Chase Lane in third and eighth places out of Florida 35.
Had A & M not implemented this game, Small would have considered a much more difficult field goal. Instead, Lane's reception and an 11-yard spiller run brought the Aggies into 10. From there, it only took a 26-yard from Small to take the disgruntled victory.
Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond (11) aims to face Florida linebacker Jeremiah Moon (7) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday October 10, 2020 at College Station, Texas compete. (AP Photo / Sam Craft)
Huge victory for A & M.
Before Saturday the Aggies had come up short in big games under Jimbo Fisher.
This is the third year for A&M under Fisher, the coach who has guaranteed a 10-year contract worth $ 75 million. On Saturday he had only one win against an SEC opponent - the famous seven overtime game against LSU. Fisher has a reputation for a top offensive spirit, but that had yet to happen in College Station - by Saturday.
Moon didn't make any mistakes like the pick-six he threw against Alabama last week. The much-maligned reception corps had someone - Chapman - show up. And the game in progress was dominant, averaging more than five meters per carry. The defense fought some off the Gators' high powered attack, but made the big game when it came down to it.
It's amazing how a win can change the perception of a program. And now the challenge will be to avoid disappointment this coming weekend in Mississippi and carry the momentum through the rest of the season.
The defense in Florida has some serious problems
The explosiveness of the Florida crime led UF to overtake Georgia in the SEC East preseason election. The offensive had no problems on Saturday, but the defense had big problems.
It was pretty clear that the Gators had some holes on this side of the ball in wins against Ole Miss and South Carolina. But they were thoroughly exploited by the Aggies. A & M ended the afternoon with an attack of 543 meters.
That is the same offense by Texas A&M that scored 17 points against Vanderbilt. Sure, this was a season opener and the Aggies are in a better rhythm now, but it was still pretty alarming to see how easily the Aggies could tear the Gators apart - both on the ground and in the air.
With Trask and Kyle Pitts leading the way, UF has a championship-level offense. However, this defense is a serious commitment for three weeks.
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