Texas A&M did not want its second road trip of the season to end like its first.
So, when Florida got the ball back with just less than 1 minute to play in the game Saturday night in Gainesville, Fla., Tyrel Dodson picked off a Feleipe Franks pass to secure the 19-17 victory.
In the season opener at UCLA, Texas A&M blew a 34-point second-half lead and lost, 45-44, when Josh Rosen led the Bruins to the come-from-behind win. But this Texas A&M team appears to have learned from that loss — as well as its 27-19 setback on Oct. 7 to top-ranked Alabama — and is playing well.
So well that the 25 SEC Country voters placed the Aggies fourth in the SEC Country Power Poll — yes, that’s where they were last week — but just two votes behind No. 3 Auburn, which lost to LSU on Saturday.
Florida put together a 4-play, 90-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter with the key play coming on a 79-yard run by Franks. Other than that, the Gators didn’t manage more than 26 yards on a second-half drive, and Texas A&M forced them to go three-and-out three times.
Texas A&M didn’t have its best offensive showing of the season, either, making the defense’s effort that more important. Texas A&M managed just 10 first downs and 263 total yards. Quarterback Kellen Mond completed 8 of 24 passes for 180 yards that included completions of 30, 33, 40 and 42 yards. Mond added 52 rushing yards and a touchdown, but the Aggies averaged 2.2 yards per rush.
The Aggies (5-2, 3-1 in the SEC) are off this week before returning for three consecutive home games, beginning Oct. 28 vs. Mississippi State, followed by Auburn and New Mexico visiting College Station, Texas.
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Your Week 7 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (13 - 1)||325||25||1||1||1|
|2||Georgia (13 - 2)||300||0||2||2||2|
|3||Auburn (10 - 4)||255||0||3||3||5|
|4||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||253||0||4||3||7|
|5||LSU (9 - 4)||231||0||5||3||7|
|6||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||179||0||7||4||12|
|7||Kentucky (7 - 6)||165||0||8||6||9|
|8||Florida (4 - 7)||161||0||6||6||9|
|9||South Carolina (9 - 4)||151||0||9||6||10|
|10||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||77||0||13||9||13|
|11||Tennessee (4 - 8)||67||0||10||10||14|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||65||0||12||9||13|
|13||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||32||0||11||10||14|
|14||Missouri (7 - 6)||14||0||14||10||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Jeff Sentell (DawgNation)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)