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South Carolina vs. Texas A&M recap and final score: Gamecocks fall 24-17 in Aggieland

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Another year, another loss to the Aggies.

NCAA Football: South Carolina at Texas A&M Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Make it four losses in a row to Texas A&M. The South Carolina Gamecocks blew a 17-7 third quarter lead and fell to the Aggies, 24-17, at Kyle Field.

South Carolina had a chance to get on the board first if not for Parker White’s ugly miss from 46 yards out with 8:34 left in the opening frame. A few minutes later, though, there was a scary scene as Terry Googer was forced to leave the game with just under six to play in the first quarter after what appeared to be a head injury.

Texas A&M, though, looked to be the first on the board just six seconds into the second quarter as Trayveon Williams’ eight-yard catch and run from Kellen Mond looked to break the plane, but he was ruled short. On the next play, Williams left no doubt as he punched in easily to put the Aggies ahead.

But the Gamecocks’ offense woke up, and with 12:45 left, Shi Smith was in the end zone as the game found itself tied. Outside of the A&M touchdown to start the second, South Carolina’s defense held up its end of the bargain. Bentley looked poised throughout the second quarter, throwing for nice chunks of yardage and moving the ball down the field with relative ease, benefiting from a defensive pass interference to get the ball into the red zone with 5:15 left, but on a 3rd down sack he lost the ball and turned it over at the A&M 5 with 3:41 left. Fortunately for the Gamecocks, the half ended without A&M scoring and they went into the locker room 10-7 courtesy of a Parker White 29-yard field goal earlier in the quarter.

After the first Aggies possession in the second half stalled, South Carolina converted a big third down to Shi Smith just past midfield for 29 yards. Two plays later, it was OrTre Smith in the end zone on the other end of a 19-yard Bentley throw to make it 17-7 Gamecocks. A&M responded with a 46-yard field goal to cut it to 17-10 with just 59 seconds left in the third.

Texas A&M built off the 12th Man in the fourth quarter as Keith Ford capped a Aggie drive with a seven-yard touchdown to tie it at 17 with 12:27 remaining in regulation. Meanwhile, Carolina’s offense was nowhere to be found as the Aggies began to build more and more momentum - as Ford ran it in from 17 on the next drive to stretch it to 24-17 with 7:42 left. South Carolina managed a woeful -26 yards in the fourth quarter before an unsuccessful last-gasp drive as questionable play calling and a depleted offensive line would ultimately do them in; Bentley was sacked for a total of seven times, including twice on the same drive.

The Gamecocks return home to host Arkansas next Saturday at 4pm.

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