Rapid Reaction: Texas A&M shocks No. 4 Florida on game-winning FG at buzzer
Jimbo Fisher did it to the Gators again.
Texas A&M rallied from an 11-point deficit to upset No. 4 Florida 41-38 on Seth Small’s 26-yard field goal as time expired.
Fisher improved to 8-1 against Florida, registering his first victory over the Gators as the Aggies’ head coach.
Kellen Mond provided the big play when he stepped back and lofted a pass high in the air. It sailed down the middle of the field toward Caleb Chapman, who leaped for the grab in the end zone. It was one of many key plays for Mond on Saturday, but perhaps the most important. It tied the game at 38 with just 4:30 left to play.
Now it was the Aggie defense’s turn to make a stand. They recovered a Malik Davis fumble on the ensuing drive. That set up Mond with an opportunity to win the game. He delivered. He drove the offense down into field goal range, where Small finished off the game with a 26-yard field goal as time expired.
To great shock, the Aggies had upset No. 4 Florida, 41-38.
Mond and Heisman candidate Kyle Trask gave fans a back-and-forth-battle, displaying why they are considered two of the conference’s best quarterbacks.
Mond ultimately won the battle with what may go down as the best performance of his career. Mond threw for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns in the victory. He also got help on the ground from Isaiah Spiller, who finished with 174 yards and 2 touchdowns, including one that gave A&M its first lead with 12:35 remaining.
The Gators answered Spiller’s touchdown with a field goal to tie the game at 31 before Trask completed a short pass to Dameon Pierce to retake the lead. Trask was equally explosive on offense, finishing with 312 yards and 4 touchdowns.
The victory moves Texas A&M to 2-1 on the season following a loss to Alabama last week. The Aggies will look to keep rolling as they face Mississippi State next week.