Fourth-quarter charge pushes Aggies past Gamecocks

Fourth-quarter charge pushes Aggies past Gamecocks

COLLEGE STATION, TX (WIS) - South Carolina lead Texas A&M 17-7 before the Aggies roared back.

Led by two fourth-quarter touchdowns by tailback Keith Ford, the Aggies scored 17 unanswered points to defeat South Carolina 24-17.

The Gamecocks (3-2) offense struggled on offense early on. After one quarter, Carolina only tallied 17 yards of total offense in 12 plays. However, the Gamecocks were able to keep Texas A&M out of the end zone to ensure the quarter ended in a scoreless tie.

Unfortunately, the quarter did not end without a significant loss for the Gamecocks. Terry Googer suffered what appeared to be an upper-body injury during a punt with about six minutes left in the quarter. Googer was carted off and taken to a nearby hospital.

The Aggies (4-1) would put up the first points of the night after a 10-play, 55-yard drive. Trayveon Williams bowled his way into the end zone from one yard out to give the Aggies a 7-0 lead with 14:45 left in the first half.

USC responded just two minutes later. Jake Bentley avoided a second consecutive sack and heaved a 45-yard pass to Shi Smith for a touchdown. Bentley's first touchdown pass tied it 7-7 with 12:45

Carolina took the lead with 9:12 left in the second quarter on a 29-yard field goal by Parker White. The redshirt freshman made his second field goal attempt of the year pushing the Gamecocks ahead 10-7.

Carolina made it a 17-7 game with 9:24 left in the third. Bentley connected with OrTre Smith on a 13-yard pass giving the freshman his third touchdown catch of the year.

Texas A&M cuts into the lead later in the quarter. A 46-yard field goal by Daniel LaCamera with less than a minute remaining to make it 17-10 Carolina.

The Aggies tied it up with 12:27 to go. Ford scored for Texas A&M on a 7-yard run making it 17-17.

Five minutes later, the Aggies regained the lead thanks to Ford. With 7:42 to go, Ford powered his way in for his second touchdown from 17 yards out putting Texas A&M ahead 24-17.

The Gamecocks managed to put together one more drive in the final moments of the game, but Bentley's 4th-and-5 pass fell short ending the comeback attempt for USC.

The loss is Carolina's fourth consecutive loss to Texas A&M. South Carolina will face Arkansas at home next Saturday at 4 p.m.

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