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Texas A&M’s first SEC game ends in a loss

Jeff Driskel AP

This lede for this wrap-up was going to be “Welcome to the SEC, Florida.” Sadly, the Gators weren’t going to have any of our tacky shenanigans.

So, we’ll reach into our bag of tricks and pull out a “50 Shades of Mike Sherman” reference to recap No. 24 Florida’s come-from-behind victory over the Aggies by a final score of 20-17.

A&M, which did not play Louisiana Tech last week thanks to Hurricane Isaac, got off to a good start and led the Gators 17-10 at halftime, highlighted by some awesome truck sticking and a Devin Smith-ish one-handed grab. But that’s when things started to fall apart. Quarterback Johnny Manziel, making his first start ever in college, couldn’t sustain a drive longer than seven plays. In fact, Florida’s defense held the Aggies to 49 yards in the second half and zero points.

Florida’s offense may have been equally so-so, but credit Will Muschamp and his coaching staff for making good second half adjustments on defense. This Gators team did not look good against Bowling Green last week and was knocked around early today in a tough environment. And they responded well.

There will be one or two more games this season — maybe more – where the defense is going to have to win the game for Florida because that offense doesn’t look like it’s going to get the job done.

UF has a huge game next weekend at Tennessee, which might be the best team in the East right now; the Vols are definitely playing the best football in that division (we’ll see how Georgia plays on the road against Missouri tonight). Getting a win on the road in a chaotic environment helps Florida heading into next week.

As for A&M, it’s a tough loss for what promises to be an even tougher year, but at least Kevin Sumlin can tell media hacks alike *ahem* that the Aggies can, in fact, compete in the SEC.

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14 Responses to “Texas A&M’s first SEC game ends in a loss”
  1. cometkazie says: Sep 8, 2012 7:46 PM

    Good game.

    No gimmes in the SEC.

  2. southernpatriots says: Sep 8, 2012 7:47 PM

    The problems the Aggies had last season in finishing games seems to have carried over to this season.

    Muschamp and staff made adjustments at half time and the second half Florida played with increased confidence and effectiveness. Florida played well enough to come from behind, which does show a great deal of their determination and ability to play in an atmosphere and stadium which was definitely a challenge.

    Florida may well be a contender for the SEC East this season.

    Texas A&M–welcome to the SEC. Things may well become even more difficult over the next few weeks.

    One thing about all this, SEC football is interesting, entertaining, and competitive!

    Now back to my LSU Tigers now leading 14-3.

  3. cometkazie says: Sep 8, 2012 7:56 PM

    SP: Are you at the game?

    Enjoy!

  4. lucky5936 says: Sep 8, 2012 8:23 PM

    Wasn’t able to watch the game where I am at in Europe. So I was wondering how the Aggies were up 17-10 at halftime, but lost 20-13, losing four points in the process?

  5. cometkazie says: Sep 8, 2012 8:42 PM

    lucky5936 says:
    Sep 8, 2012 8:23 PM
    Wasn’t able to watch the game where I am at in Europe. So I was wondering how the Aggies were up 17-10 at halftime, but lost 20-13, losing four points in the process?
    +-+-+

    We been trying to tell you about how bizarre they can be . . .

  6. dylude says: Sep 8, 2012 8:43 PM

    A&M looked good when Florida had no film to study. With a half hour break, they were able to crack the Sumlin-Manzell code. A&M won’t have the luxury of surprise again and now coaches will have weeks to prepare.

    That being said, that freshman QB has some talent but now he has to do it when ppl aren’t underestimating him. Much harder.

  7. southernpatriots says: Sep 8, 2012 8:53 PM

    cometkazie:

    No, I gave my tickets to a family who is staying with a neighbor who lived in southern Terrebonne Parish and were flooded out and still without power. They had never been to a game.

    I am back at home with a huge projection screen loaned to us, hosting the families living with us with the neighbors who were flooded out, popping huge amounts of popcorn, serving smoked jumbo beef dogs and other things I am putting together. It is a balmy night here in south LA. It rained this afternoon almost to game time.

    A&M really did not play poorly, though I don’t quite understand what appears to be a continuation of the falling apart in the second half habit they seem to have. Florida definitely upped their play in the second half so that may be answer in this game, but I will watch A&M and Missou with interest all season.

    Now its 20-3 LSU over Washington half time. If Odell and Shepherd did not drop passes right in their hands, Zach would just about be perfect in his passing, but as it is, he looks average because of those 4 drops. Like Miles said, no game is won in the first half, so we will watch with expectation the second half.

  8. cometkazie says: Sep 8, 2012 9:19 PM

    Sounds as if you are tailgating at home!

    Enjoy. It’s going to be a good season.

  9. rawgator06 says: Sep 8, 2012 10:04 PM

    Great game. The Aggies showed that they could keep up with the Gators and won’t end up being a door-mat in the SEC. With their high-rated recruiting class coming in, they should should become a strong contender.
    I didn’t think my Gators were going to survive this trip, but luckily, our defense stepped up in the second half.

  10. tigersgeaux says: Sep 8, 2012 10:06 PM

    cometkazie:

    They invited me to go and somehow my mind was not functioning well at the time and I said, “I really appreciate the offer, but I had better stay home.” It does sound like they are having fun.

    I am upset as well that so many passes right in the hands at the numbers are dropped. But Odell seems have overcome his early game jitters or whatever they were.

    I think southernpatriots doctor is so busy smokin’, roastin’, and grillin’ and I love whatever he cooks.

    I hope the Husky fans who are in Baton Rouge are having a good time, other than the score. They are a great group of people.

  11. Travis Pulver says: Sep 8, 2012 11:35 PM

    Get the score right dude. The story on the other side of your link is correct, but your story is not; blogging/writing basics man.

  12. thefiesty1 says: Sep 8, 2012 11:53 PM

    Same as last year -can’t hold a lead. Take heart aggys it’s only going to get worse.

  13. barbeaux says: Sep 9, 2012 1:44 AM

    Lol you’re article makes it sound like Texas a& m’s QB played horribly in the way that you highlight that they couldn’t stretch along a drive of more than seven plays…yet they scored 17 points….which means they scored on drives of less than 7 plays. Is scoring fast necessarily a bad thing? No…not if one does it enough. A&M was much more competitive in this game than I expected. I mean, one can argue that A&M had a bad second half, but didn’t Florida have a so so first half? The final score is what matters…not who played bad when.

  14. barbeaux says: Sep 9, 2012 1:50 AM

    I mean, Manziel, a red shirt freshman in his first game ever versus the sec threw for 173 yards and rushed for 60 with 1 TD against an SEC team. That’s not too shabby. They didn’t have enough balance with traditional running by a QB.

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