Everyone thought Saturday's game was probably going to be a blowout between the No.9 Texas A&M Aggies and the South Carolina Gamecocks. But South Carolina didn't get the memo and almost pulled off the upset at home in a 24-13 loss to the Aggies.
USC did not have wide receivers Deebo Samuels and Bryan Edwards who were out with hamstring injuries. Samuels has only played in one game this season.
But the offense did just fine. How's this for a start? The first offensive play of the game was USC 's AJ Turner ripping a 75 yard run to the house. His second rushing touchdown of the year gives USC a quick 7-0 lead. Turner finished with a career high 113 rushing yards.
It was 7-7 at halftime and no one would've picked that halftime score. The South Carolina defense has proven to kryptonite for opposing offenses.
The Aggies lead in the SEC in rushing with 269 per game. They had 65 at halftime and only 206 total yards. They average 545 per game.
Despite USC's tough defensive play in the first half. The Aggies broke the stalemate to start the second half with a 49 yard by Trayveon Williams to give the Aggies a 14-7 lead.
The Gamecocks had a number missed opportunities. Elliott Fry missed two field goals which is rare for him. Those misses could've made it a 13-14 in the third quarter or 16-21 with a little over four minutes left. He finished 2-4 for the game.
Perry Orth returned under center after starting freshman quarterback Brandon McIlwain struggled through three quarters. Orth completed deep darts down the field to Hayden Hurst. Hurst finished with five catches for 90 yards to lead the Gamecocks.
Orth went 11-18 for 136 while McIlwain finished 9-15 for 34 yards and threw his first interception of the season.
USC forced also two turnovers in this one but they muffed a punt late that could've set up a scoring drive as they trailed 21-13 with 4:36 left. The Aggies would add three more points after that turnover.
The Aggies improve to 5-0 with the 24-13 win.
USC falls to 2-3 on the year. Head Coach Will Muschamp had an important message for his team in Saturday night's press conference. They came close to pulling off the upset and they can't hang their heads.
"Sometimes you can work really hard and you're not guaranteed of anything. So you can't get frustrated. You can't let the negativity seep into your body and your brain. You have to block it out and understand that you just have to continue to work," Muschamp said. "But right now we have to continue to have the belief in what we're doing and we do. I believe in this group. We've worked extremely hard."
Next up for the Gamecocks is No.25 Georgia who stunned on a hail mary touchdown at the buzzer by Tennessee. Kickoff is 7:30 next Saturday night in Williams Brice Stadium.