Five Questions: Previewing Florida's match-up with Texas A&M

Elias Hubbard
October 15, 2017

Lamical Perine was seemingly stopped short on a fourth-and-1 play at the Texas A&M 17-yard line.

LSU's wide receivers ran wild on the jet sweeps, but Texas A&M's ground game is based more on a trio of running backs - Trayveon Williams (81 carries, 422 yards, 5 TD), Keith Ford (66 carries, 321 yards, 7 TD) and Kendall Bussey (36 carries, 218 yards, TD) - with help from dual-threat quarterback Kellen Mond (65 carries, 266 yards, 2 TD).

This time the game was tied 10-10 late in the third quarter when Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks reeled off one of college football's runs of the year, in dodging and darting his way 79 yards down the field, after A&M linebacker Otaro Alaka missed a chance for a sack in the backfield.

Florida (3-3, 3-2) had taken a 17-10 lead on a 6-yard Dre Massey touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Prior to the Aggies' first hostile environment in SEC action on Saturday - they had defeated Arkansas in overtime at a neutral site - A&M (5-2, 3-1) needed to break open a fourth quarter tie with Nicholls State, overcome a third quarter deficit against Louisiana-Lafayette and fourth quarter deficits against the Razorbacks and SC.

Florida took its opening possession of the game and put together a 13-play, 63-yard drive that took more than five minutes off the clock and ended with a 29-yard field goal by Eddy Piñeiro. Florida will play next in Jacksonville against No. 4 Georgia.

Florida continued to struggle on offense as Texas A&M applied relentless pressure most of the night. It was the first rushing touchdown of his career.

Mond and the Aggies, however, were not done.

Feleipe Franks #13 of the Florida Gators runs for yardage during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. The Aggies forced a Florida punt trailing 17-16 with 6:35 to go and took over at the Gators' 24-yard line thanks to a 43-yard Christian Kirk punt return and a 15-yard personal foul flag.

UF needed an extended drive to hold off Texas A&M, but the Gators couldn't move the ball when it mattered most.

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