#9 Texas A&M fights off South Carolina 24-13, Aggies now 5-0
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Ninth-ranked Texas A&M overcame a sluggish outing on offense to earn a Southeastern Conference road win over the South Carolina Gamecocks 24-13 on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Playing without receivers Ricky Seals-Jones and Speedy Noil and defensive end Myles Garrett, the Aggies grinded out a win in the second half after playing the Gamecocks to a 7-7 tie through two quarters.
A&M took the lead for good on the first drive of the second half when freshman Trayveon Williams ran for a 49-yard touchdown and a 14-7 advantage. James White added a 2-yard touchdown run and Daniel LaCamera connected on a 35-yard field goal to help the Aggies hold off the Gamecocks.
South Carolina started the game with a bang on A.J. Turner’s 75-yard touchdown run on the opening play. A&M answered on the ensuing possession with senior quarterback Trevor Knight capping the 75-yard drive with a 4-yard run.
Knight completed 23 of 40 passes for 206 yards with an interception and rushed 12 times for 84 yards, losing a fumble in the third quarter. Williams rushed for 98 yards on 14 carries to lead a 216-yard effort on the ground for A&M. Jeremy Tabuyo had four catches for 89 yards.
The Aggies will host No. 11 Tennessee next week in a battle of SEC unbeatens.