Aggies improve to 5-0 with win at South Carolina

COLUMBIA S.C. -- Trayveon Williams and James White each rushed for a touchdown during the second half as No. 9 Texas A&M remained undefeated with a 24-13 win at South Carolina on Saturday.

Texas A&M didn't put the game away until Cullen Gillaspia recovered a fumble on a punt return by the Gamecocks with 3:20 remaining in the fourth quarter. 

Held in check in the first half Williams ran 49 yards for a score on Texas A&M's first possession of the second half to snap a 7-7 tie.

After the Gamecocks cut the deficit to 14-10 late in the third quarter the Aggies put together a nine-play scoring drive with 11:40 left in the game. White punched it in from 2 yards out for the score.

South Carolina behind backup quarterback Perry Orth (11 of 18 138 yards) threatened twice in the final quarter. Elliott Fry connected from 43 yards again to cut Texas A&M's lead to 21-13 with 4:23 to go.

Following the turnover on the punt Texas A&M's Daniel LaCamera kicked a 35-yard field goal to seal the win.

South Carolina (2-3 1-3) struck quickly at the start of the game. Running Back A. J. Turner (team-leading 113 yards) took a pitch and turned the corner to go 75 yards for a touchdown just 13 seconds into the contests.

Quarterback Trevor Knight (23 of 40 206 yards) led the Aggies to an immediate response. Texas A&M needed seven plays to even the game including Knight's 4-yard touchdown run. He completed all five of his pass attempts on the possession.

The game settled down a bit after those quick scores. LaCamera missed a 44-yard field goal attempt late in the first quarter. Texas A&M (5-0 3-0) also went for it on fourth-and-5 at the South Carolina 45 in the second period but came up a yard short.

(© 2016 KBMT)


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