South Carolina-Texas A&M: Recap, score, analysis for Week 5 game (09/30/2017)

South Carolina led by 10 in the second half but Texas A&M scored the game’s final 17 points and harassed Gamecocks quarterback Jake Bentley late in the game for a 24-17 victory.

Aggies QB Kellen Mond threw for 159 yards and ran for 95. Bentley threw for 256 yards and 2 touchdowns.

South Carolina-Texas A&M recap

Fourth quarter

Final: Texas A&M 24, South Carolina 17

— Bentley’s fourth down pass is deflected and falls incomplete and the Aggies will take a knee and leave Kyle Field with their fourth consecutive win.

— South Carolina gets the ball for one final attempt to extend this game. Bentley has the Gamecocks driving out to near midfield with just more than 1 minute left to play. SC has no timeouts left.

Texas A&M 24, South Carolina 17, 7:42 left

— Keith Ford scores from 17 yards and the Aggies have scored 17 consecutive points and have all the momentum.

South Carolina 17, Texas A&M 17, 12:36 left

— Keith Ford drives in from the 7 and it’s a tie ballgame in College Station.

— South Carolina will be punting when the final 15 minutes begin.

Third quarter

South Carolina 17, Texas A&M 10, 1:05 left

— The Aggies nail a 46-yard field goal to make it a one score game again

South Carolina 17, Texas A&M 7, 9:25 left

— A Jake Bentley to OrTre Smith 18-yard TD toss extends the Gamecocks’ lead. The drive: 9 plays, 80 yards.

Halftime: South Carolina 10, Texas A&M 7

— Jake Bentley is 11 for 18 with 176 yards and a TD.

Second quarter

South Carolina 10, Texas A&M 7

— Parker White connects on a 29-yarder to put the Gamecocks on top with more than 9 minutes left in the half.

South Carolina 7, Texas A&M 7, 2nd quarter, 12:45 left

— Jake Bentley hits Shi Smith and Smith races 45 yards to tie the game.

Texas A&M 7, South Carolina 0, 2nd quarter, 14:45 left

— Kellen Mond to Trayveon Williams for 7 yards to the 1, then Williams punches it in for the Aggies.

First quarter

South Carolina 0, Texas A&M 0, End first quarter

— South Carolina receiver Terry Googer appeared to be seriously injured and was taken off the field on a cart.

— Parker White misses a 46-yard field goal attempt — wide, wide, wide left. Still no score with 8:34 left.

— Texas A&M dynamic return man Christian Kirk fumbles a punt and the Gamecocks take over at the A&M 29 with 9:57 left in the first. Tied 0-0.

— South Carolina is receiving the opening kickoff against Texas A&M.

South Carolina-Texas A&M game time, information

When: Saturday, Sept. 30
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas
TV: SEC Network
Line:  Texas A&M by 7.5 points

South Carolina-Texas A&M preview

Injury report

Starting right guard Cory Helms (ankle) is out for the Texas A&M game.

Left guard Donell Stanley slid over to Helms’ spot when he went down against Louisiana Tech and redshirt freshman Sadarius Hutcherson stepped in at left guard. That’s the expected to be the combination again against the Aggies.

Reserve defensive back Steven Montac (leg) and reserve outside linebacker Antoine Wilder (hamstring) are “both back up,” according to Muschamp. Montac will help provide depth in the secondary, which has seen only five other players get time this season.

Freshman cornerback Tavyn Jackson (hamstring) will travel to College Station, but Muschamp isn’t certain how much he’ll be able to play against Texas A&M.

Earlier in the week, Muschamp said senior defensive end Dante Sawyer (hamstring) was expected to play this weekend, after sitting out against Louisiana Tech.

Junior right tackle Zack Bailey (ankle) and junior wide receiver Deebo Samuel (leg) are both out. Senior linebacker/defensive end Bryson Allen-Williams had season-ending shoulder surgery earlier this week.

Quick hitters

  • This is just the fourth time the Gamecocks and Aggies have played each other. Texas A&M has won the first three meetings — all in the past three seasons. A&M won last season, 24-13, again in 2015, 35-28, and in 2014, 52-28.
  • Texas A&M is 20th in the nation with an average of 40.8 points scored per game.
  • South Carolina is tied for 97th in scoring with 24.0 points per outing.
  • On defense, the Gamecocks are 39th in the country, allowing 20.0 points per game, while the Aggies are 96th and allowing 30.8 points per game.

South Carolina-Texas A&M prediction

Hale McGranahan: Texas A&M 38, South Carolina 24

South Carolina has connected on 13 passing plays of 20 yards or more. That’s tied for 43rd in the country. Texas A&M’s defense has allowed 19 of those plays. There’s an opportunity, potentially, for the Gamecocks to connect on some big plays downfield, through it would certainly would have helped if wide receiver Deebo Samuel was available to play this week in College Station.

If the Gamecocks are going to have a chance to keep up on the scoreboard, co-offensive coordinator Kurt Roper has to be willing to call some deep throws by quarterback Jake Bentley. And Bentley, of course, has to hit some of those throws. Wide receivers Bryan Edwards and OrTre Smith, along with tight end Hayden Hurst, figure to be the targets.

That’s easier said than done, because Texas A&M’s pass rush will challenge the South Carolina offensive line, even more so if the linemen have to hold blocks a little longer so Bentley can wait for the longer routes to develop.

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