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South Carolina 30, Texas A&M 24

By JEFFREY COLLINS
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina opened strong with 17 points in the first six minutes and then held on to beat Texas A&M 30-24.

The Gamecocks (5-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and turned a fumble and interception deep in Aggies territory into 10 more points and a 17-0 hole for Texas A&M (3-4, 1-3) just over five minutes in.

It's the first time the Gamecocks have beaten the Aggies since the SEC made them their Western Division rival in 2014.

MarShawn Lloyd ran 18 times for 92 yards and had both of South Carolina's touchdowns in the second half to keep Texas A&M from climbing back in it.

Spencer Rattler was 12-of-25 passing for 168 yards for South Carolina, which has won four games in a row for the first time since winning six in a row to finish the 2013 season.

Devon Achane ran 20 times for 99 yards for the Aggies. Hayes King was 17-of-32 passing for 178 yards, with a touchdown and an interception before leaving with an injury in the fourth quarter.

Freshman Conner Weigman filled in and went 8 of 15 through the air for 91 yards but neither of his two final Hail Mary tries made it to the end zone after Texas A&M recovered an onside kick at midfield with nine seconds left.

The loss puts even more pressure on Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher, whose team started the season ranked No. 6, With a contract through 2031 paying him $9 million a year, his job likely isn't in jeopardy.

However, losing to South Carolina has been bad for several SEC coaches. Phillip Fulmer for Tennessee in 2008, Will Muschamp in 2014 and Dan Mullen in 2021 all lost their jobs shortly after losing to the Gamecocks.

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas A&M: Plenty of people expected the Aggies to challenge Alabama in the SEC West this season. Instead, it looks like a struggle to get to six wins and a bowl game. A win over UMass is probable. After that the Aggies need two wins out of four games - Ole Miss, Florida, at Auburn and at LSU.

South Carolina: Gamecocks fans chanted "Beamer Ball" during a late-game timeout in appreciation of second-year coach Shane Beamer. The Gamecocks only need to beat Missouri or Vanderbilt in the next two weeks to make a second straight bowl. And with the win, South Carolina has beaten every team in the current SEC.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter TexA&MSCar
SCar TD 14:46 Xavier Legette 100 yd kick return (Mitch Jeter kick) 0 7
SCar FG 12:22 Mitch Jeter 23 yd FG 0 10
SCar TD 9:51 Christian Beal-Smith 5 yd run (Mitch Jeter kick) 0 17
TexA&M FG 6:28 Randy Bond 51 yd FG 3 17
Second Quarter TexA&MSCar
TexA&M FG 13:30 Randy Bond 26 yd FG 6 17
TexA&M TD 2:00 Max Wright 9 yd pass from Haynes King (Evan Stewart 2pt pass from Haynes King) 14 17
Third Quarter TexA&MSCar
SCar TD 3:25 MarShawn Lloyd 18 yd run (Mitch Jeter kick) 14 24
TexA&M TD 0:27 Devon Achane 15 yd run (Randy Bond kick) 21 24
Fourth Quarter TexA&MSCar
SCar TD 3:08 MarShawn Lloyd 4 yd run (blocked XP) 21 30
TexA&M FG 0:10 Randy Bond 28 yd FG 24 30
Team Stats
  Texas A&M South Carolina
First downs 23 13
  Rushing 8 6
  Passing 11 7
  Penalty 4 0
3rd Down Efficiency 5-14, 36% 8-16, 50%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 28-129 35-118
Passing Yards 269 168
Return Yards 39 163
Completions-Attempts-Int 25-47-1 12-25-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 2--7
Punts 6 6
Punts-Average 39.5 49
Fumbles Lost 2-1 2-2
Penalties - Yards 8-38 6-62
Time of Possession 33:08 26:52
Texas A&M Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. King 17 32 178 1 1
C. Weigman 8 15 91 0 0
South Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Rattler 12 25 168 0 0
Texas A&M Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Achane 20 99 5.0 1
H. King 3 19 6.3 0
L. Moss 2 9 4.5 0
C. Weigman 1 2 2.0 0
L. Johnson Jr. 1 0 0.0 0
South Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Lloyd 18 92 5.1 2
J. Brooks 1 16 16.0 0
C. Beal-Smith 8 12 1.5 1
J. Bell 2 4 2.0 0
J. McDowell 2 0 0.0 0
S. Rattler 4 -6 -1.5 0
Texas A&M Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Stewart 6 87 14.5 0
D. Achane 7 57 8.1 0
D. Green 4 38 9.5 0
M. Muhammad III 2 31 15.5 0
M. Wright 2 21 10.5 1
C. Lane 3 20 6.7 0
Y. Brown 1 15 15.0 0
South Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Stogner 3 46 15.3 0
J. Vann 2 41 20.5 0
A. Wells Jr. 3 37 12.3 0
M. Lloyd 2 24 12.0 0
J. Bell 2 20 10.0 0
Texas A&M Interceptions
Player Int Yards
South Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Rush 1 59
Texas A&M Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Constantinou 6 237 39.5
South Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Kroeger 6 294 49.0
Texas A&M Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Muhammad III 4 14 3.5
South Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Vann 1 4 4.0
Texas A&M Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Achane 2 25 12.5
South Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Legette 1 100 100.0
Texas A&M Missed FG
Player Length
South Carolina Missed FG
Player Length




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