In a scene that's becoming all too familiar to Aggie fans this season, Texas A&M suffered another second half letdown, as No. 19 Pittsburgh defeated Texas A&M 37-26 in front of 79,116 Saturday at Kyle Field.
Despite the Aggies' flat play after halftime, turnovers sealed Texas A&M's (2-2) fate. The Aggies lost three of five fumbles, and back-up QB Dustin Long (coming in for injured starter Reggie McNeal [22-12-0, 215 yds.]) threw an interception on a crucial late Aggie offensive drive.
Larry Fitzgerald led the Panthers (3-1) on offense with 135 yards on seven catches. Panthers QB Rod Rutherford went 14 for 28 with 283 passing yards.
The Aggies led by a score of 13-9 at halftime. But the Panthers took the lead for good on their first drive of the third period, when Rutherford connected with Princell Brockenbrough for a touchdown.
Todd Pegram missed a field goal from the 33 on the Aggies' first drive of the half. For the remainder of the game, the Aggies were never able to gain any kind of momentum. Pittsburgh capitalized on Aggie miscues; quickly turning a Terrence Thomas dropped fair catch on a punt return into a five-yard TD pass to Lousaka Polite. 30-13, advantage Pittsburgh.
Courtney Lewis led the Aggies on the ground with 105 rushing yards and a touchdown reception. The Aggies' attack was equally potent through the air, as Jamaar Taylor caught six passes for 110 yards and TD. Lewis also had three catches for 73 yards. The Aggies outrushed the Panthers 227-155 as well as outgained Pittsburgh 544-478 in total yards.
Texas A&M returns to action next Saturday in front of a nationally televised FOX Sports Net audience, when the Aggies travel to Lubbock to face Texas Tech (3-1). Kickoff is set for 9pm.
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