Aggies fall to Miami 34-17

No 16 Texas A&M travelled to Miami for a nationally televised ESPN Thursday night game. Miami took advantage of three first half turnovers by the Aggies to build a 24-0 halftime lead. The Aggies battled the second half but could not come back, falling 34-17. Kyle Wright completed 21 of 26 passes for 275 yards and 2 TDs to lead Miami.

No 16 Texas A&M travelled to Miami for a nationally televised ESPN Thursday night game. Miami took advantage of three first half turnovers by the Aggies to build a 24-0 halftime lead. The Aggies battled the second half but could not come back, falling 34-17. Kyle Wright completed 21 of 26 passes for 275 yards and 2 TDs to lead Miami.

The Aggies received the opening kickoff and started off tentatively on offense. On the first play from scrimmage, Michael Goodson was tackled in the backfield for a 5-yard loss, On third and long, Stephen McGee was fluched from the pocket, and stripped of the ball, but Yemi Babalola recovered for the Aggies. Justin Brantley booted a 50-yard punt to give Miami the ball at their 20-yard line.

Miami quarterback Kyle Wright
Kyle Wright completed 21 of 26 passes for 275 yards and 2 TDs. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
Miami went on a methodical 18-play, 80-yard drive consuming 8:51, and scored on a direct snap to and 7-yard run around left corner by freshman running back Graig Cooper. On the drive , Miami quarterback Kyle Wright completed 6 of 8 passes on the drive for 60 yards and Miami converted 3 third downs and 1 fourth down into first downs. The extra point by Francesco Zampogna gave Miami a 7-0 lead at 3:49 in the first quarter.

The Aggies took the ensuing kickoff and drove to the Miami 35-yard line before the drive stalled and the Aggies were forced to punt. Miami picked up one first down before Aggie linebacker Misi Tupe sacked Kyle Wright for an 11-yard loss. On third-and-19 Wright dumped a short pass off to Graig Cooper, but Cooper fumbled on a tackle by Aggie lineback Mark Dodge. The fumle was recovered by Aggie safety Alton Dixon at the Miami 39-yard line. Failing to pick up a first, Matt Syzmanski attempted a 50-yard field goal but it missed wide right.

After a short completion, Kyle Wright connected with Sam Shields on a 51-yard pass giving Miami a first down at the Aggie 13-yard line. After picking up another first down, Jarvarris James dove over from the 1-yard line and Zampogna's extra point gave Miami a 14-0 lead with 4:53 left in the first half.

On the Aggies' next possession, a Stephen McGee pass intended for Martellus Bennett was intercepted by Miami linebacker Colin McCarthy and McCarthy returned it to the Aggie 22-yard line. The Aggie defense stiffened, forcing a 36-yard field goal attempt by Francesco Zampogna that missed wide right.

Coach Fran laments
Michael Goodson fumbles the ball in the 2nd quarter, leading to a Miami touchdown. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
On the ensuing Aggie possession, Michael Goodson fumbled (picture above left) and it was recovered by Miami defensive end Calais Campbell at the Aggie 12-yard line. Kyle Wright completed a short pass to Graig Cooper and Cooper to in in from the 12-yard line to extend the Miami lead to 21-0 with 24 second left in the half. Aggie offensive lineman Cody Wallace fumble the Miami pooch kickoff and Miami Damien Berry recovered at the Aggie 39-line. Francesco Zampogna kicked a 45-yard field goal as first half clock expired to give the Hurricanes a 24-0 halftime lead.

At the half, Miami led Texas A&M in total yards, 190 to 39, and in first downs, 11 to 3. The Aggies three turnovers directly contributed to 10 of Miami's 24 first half points.

For A&M, Stephen McGee had completed 3 of 7 passes for 17 yards and rushed for 28 yards on 8 carries. Michael Goodson had -7 yards rushing on 6 carries and Jorvorskie Lane had not touched the ball. For Miami, Kyle Wright had completed 15 of 19 passes for 175 yards and 1 TD. Sam Shields had caught 5 passes for 81 yards and Darnell Jenkins had caught 4 passes for 35 yards.

The third quarter saw A&M and Miami with two exchanges of punts before Miami quarterback Kyle Wright fumbled on a quarterback keeper when hit by Aggie defensive tackle Kellen Heard, and the fumble was recovered my Aggie linebacker Mark Dodge at the Aggie 36-yard line. The Aggies drove to the Miami 34-yard line before turning the ball over after a failed 4th down attempt. It took Miami just 4 plays to move 64 yards, with Kyle Wright throwing a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Zellner to extend the Miami lead to 31-0 with 40 seconds left in the third quarter.

Coach Fran and Stephen McGee plot.
Coach Fran and Stephen McGee try to come up with offensive answers. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
At the start of the fourth quarter, the Aggies drove to the Miami 1-yard line before a Miami sack of Stephen McGee forced A&M to settle for a 32-yard field goal by Matt Syzmanski. On the next Miami possession Aggie freshman safety Billy Chavis forced a fumble by Hurricane back Graig Cooper that was recovered by by Aggie whip Jordan Puch at the Miami 39-yard line. The Aggies used three consecutive 1-yard pass completions by McGee to give the Aggies a first and goal at the Miami 6-yard line. On third-and-goal, Stephen McGee snuck over from the 1-yard line to cut the Miami lead to 31-10 with 8 minutes left in the game.

A&M attempted an on-side kick but Miami recovered on the Aggie 39-yard line. Miami drove to the Aggie 1-yard line, before the Aggie goal-line defense stopped the Canes on 3 plays to force Miami to settle for a 23-yard field goal to make the score 34-10 with two minutes left in the game.

Coach Fran laments
Dennis Franchione laments another first half Aggie turnover. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
Backup quarterback Jerrod Johnson came on for the Aggies and led a 5-play, 54-yard scoring drive. Johnson scrambled and threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett in the back of the end zone with 5 seconds left in the game. Syzmanski's extra point made the final score a bit more respectable 34-17.

For the game, Miami led Texas A&M in total yards, 368 to 186, and in first downs, 16 to 10.

For Texas A&M, Stephen McGee completed 11 of 20 passes for 109 yards, with 1 interception and 3 sacks, and rushed for 39 yards on 16 carries. Mike Goodson caught 5 passes for 53 yards and rushed for 28 yards on 9 carries.

For Miami, Kyle Wright completed 21 of 26 passes for 275 yards and 2 TDs. Sam Shields caught 6 passes for 117 yards and Graig Cooper rushed for 50 yards on 7 carries.

Texas A&M (3-1) will now look to regroup top open Big 12 conference play, when they host Baylor next Saturday.

Watch for indepth Aggie Websider analysis of the Miami and previews of the Baylor game.

 


Box Score

                            Scoring Summary (Final)
                            2007 Texas A&M Football
          #16 Texas A&M vs Miami (Fla.) (Sep 20, 2007 at Miami, Fla.)
                   Texas A&M (3-1-0) vs. Miami (Fla.) (3-1-0)
          Date: Sep 20, 2007  Site: Miami, Fla.  Stadium: Orange Bowl
                              Attendance: 44,622


Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
Texas A&M...........  0  0  0 17  - 17
Miami (Fla.)........  7 17  7  3  - 34


Scoring Summary:
1st 03:29 MIAMI - Cooper, G. 7 yd run 
                  (Zampogna, Z. kick)
                  18 plays, 80 yards, TOP 8:51, TAMU 0 - MIAMI 7
2nd 04:53 MIAMI - James, J. 1 yd run 
                  (Zampogna, Z. kick)
                  8 plays, 67 yards, TOP 4:18, TAMU 0 - MIAMI 14
    00:24 MIAMI - Cooper, G. 12 yd pass from Wright, K. 
                  (Zampogna, Z. kick)
                  1 play, 12 yards, TOP 0:16, TAMU 0 - MIAMI 21
    00:00 MIAMI - Zampogna, Z. 45 yd field goal
                  3 plays, 11 yards, TOP 0:17, TAMU 0 - MIAMI 24
3rd 00:46 MIAMI - Zellner, C. 7 yd pass from Wright, K. 
                  (Zampogna, Z. kick)
                  4 plays, 64 yards, TOP 0:36, TAMU 0 - MIAMI 31
4th 11:40 TAMU -  Szymanski, Matt 32 yd field goal
                  9 plays, 39 yards, TOP 4:06, TAMU 3 - MIAMI 31
    08:03 TAMU -  McGee, Stephen 1 yd run 
                  (Szymanski, Matt kick)
                  6 plays, 39 yards, TOP 2:19, TAMU 10 - MIAMI 31
    02:07 MIAMI - Zampogna, Z. 23 yd field goal
                  10 plays, 34 yards, TOP 5:56, TAMU 10 - MIAMI 34
    00:05 TAMU -  Bennett, Martellus 33 yd pass from Johnson, Jerrod 
                  (Szymanski, Matt kick)
                  5 plays, 54 yards, TOP 2:02, TAMU 17 - MIAMI 34


Kickoff time: 7:46 pm   End of Game: 10:48 pm  Total elapsed time: 3:02
Officials: Referee: Randy Christal; Umpire: Richard Brown; Linesman: Mike Moeller;
Line judge: Kelly Deterding; Back judge: Mike Defeee; Field judge: Bobby Ables;
Side judge: Brad Horchem; Scorer: K. Colebrooke;
Temperature: 86 deg    Wind: S 9MPH    Weather: Partly Cloudy 52%rh


                                   TAMU    MIAMI

FIRST DOWNS...................       12       18
  Rushing.....................        5        6
  Passing.....................        7       12
  Penalty.....................        0        0
NET YARDS RUSHING.............       98      127
  Rushing Attempts............       33       40
  Average Per Rush............      3.0      3.2
  Rushing Touchdowns..........        1        2
  Yards Gained Rushing........      125      155
  Yards Lost Rushing..........       27       28
NET YARDS PASSING.............      142      275
  Completions-Attempts-Int....  12-22-1  21-26-0
  Average Per Attempt.........      6.5     10.6
  Average Per Completion......     11.8     13.1
  Passing Touchdowns..........        1        2
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS...........      240      402
  Total offense plays.........       55       66
  Average Gain Per Play.......      4.4      6.1
Fumbles: Number-Lost..........      5-2      3-3
Penalties: Number-Yards.......     6-31     2-20
PUNTS-YARDS...................    4-147     2-49
  Average Yards Per Punt......     36.8     24.5
  Net Yards Per Punt..........     33.5     19.0
  Inside 20...................        1        1
  50+ Yards...................        1        0
  Touchbacks..................        0        0
  Fair catch..................        0        1
KICKOFFS-YARDS................    2-135    6-316
  Average Yards Per Kickoff...     67.5     52.7
  Net Yards Per Kickoff.......     49.0     35.0
  Touchbacks..................        0        0
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD.   1-11-0   3-13-0
  Average Per Return..........     11.0      4.3
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD  6-106-0   2-37-0
  Average Per Return..........     17.7     18.5
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD..    0-0-0   1-30-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD.    1-0-0    0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards...........        0        0
Possession Time...............    27:59    32:01
  1st Quarter.................     6:09     8:51
  2nd Quarter.................     5:41     9:19
  3rd Quarter.................     8:28     6:32
  4th Quarter.................     7:41     7:19
Third-Down Conversions........  4 of 13  6 of 15
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   1 of 2   3 of 3
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      2-2      5-6
Sacks By: Number-Yards........     2-12     3-12
PAT Kicks.....................      2-2      4-4
Field Goals...................      1-2      2-3

Texas A&M

Rushing              No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
-------------------------------------------------
McGee, Stephen       16   51   12   39  1 14  2.4
Goodson, Mike         9   43   15   28  0 29  3.1
Johnson, Jerrod       2   11    0   11  0  8  5.5
Alexander, Chris      3    8    0    8  0  4  2.7
Smith, Keondra        1    6    0    6  0  6  6.0
Lane, Jorvorskie      2    2    0    2  0  2  1.0
Tarrant, Cornell      0    4    0    4  0  0  0.0
Totals...            33  125   27   98  1 29  3.0

Passing              Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sack
-------------------------------------------------
McGee, Stephen         20-11-1   109  0   30    3
Johnson, Jerrod         2-1-0     33  1   33    0
Totals...              22-12-1   142  1   33    3

Receiving             No.  Yds   TD Long
----------------------------------------
Goodson, Mike           5   53    0   30
Bennett, Martellus      3   49    1   33
Franks, Kerry           3   29    0   11
Thomas, Joey            1   11    0   11
Totals...              12  142    1   33

Punting               No.  Yds   Avg Long In20   TB
---------------------------------------------------
Szymanski, Matt         1   26  26.0   26    0    0
Brantly, Justin         3  121  40.3   50    1    0
Totals...               4  147  36.8   50    1    0

                       Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns          No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
--------------------------------------------------
Franks, Kerry         0   0  0  2  53 34  0   0  0
Brown, Arkeith        0   0  0  1  32 32  0   0  0
Peterson, Jordan      1  11  0  0   0  0  0   0  0
Wallace, Cody         0   0  0  3  21 15  0   0  0
Totals...             1  11  0  6 106 34  0   0  0

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------
Szymanski, Matt      2nd 09:11  50 yds - Missed
Szymanski, Matt      4th 11:40  32 yds - Good

Kickoffs         No.  Yds  TB  OB   Avg
---------------------------------------
Szymanski, Matt    2  135   0   0  67.5


Miami

Rushing              No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
-------------------------------------------------
Cooper, G.            7   55    5   50  1 30  7.1
James, J.            20   53    7   46  1 16  2.3
McNeal, S.            7   22    4   18  0  9  2.6
Wright, K.            6   25   12   13  0  5  2.2
Totals...            40  155   28  127  2 30  3.2

Passing              Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sack
-------------------------------------------------
Wright, K.             26-21-0   275  2   51    2
Totals...              26-21-0   275  2   51    2

Receiving             No.  Yds   TD Long
----------------------------------------
Shields, S.             6  117    0   51
Jenkins, D.             4   35    0   13
Cooper, G.              4   34    1   12
Epps, D.                2   20    0   14
James, J.               2   15    0   11
Zellner, C.             2   14    1    7
Leggett, L.             1   40    0   40
Totals...              21  275    2   51

Punting               No.  Yds   Avg Long In20   TB
---------------------------------------------------
Bosher, M.              1   26  26.0   26    0    0
Strimple, D.            1   23  23.0   23    1    0
Totals...               2   49  24.5   26    1    0

                       Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns          No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
--------------------------------------------------
Cooper, G.            2   2  2  0   0  0  0   0  0
Grant, C.             1  11 11  0   0  0  0   0  0
McCarthy, C.          0   0  0  0   0  0  1  30 30
McNeal, S.            0   0  0  2  37 20  0   0  0
Totals...             3  13 11  2  37 20  1  30 30

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------
Zampogna, Z.         2nd 01:43  36 yds - Missed
Zampogna, Z.         2nd 00:00  45 yds - Good
Zampogna, Z.         4th 02:07  23 yds - Good

Kickoffs         No.  Yds  TB  OB   Avg
---------------------------------------
Daly, D.           6  316   0   0  52.7




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