Aggies fall to Miami 41-23

Miami took advantage of two critical Aggie third quarter turnovers, Robert Marve threw two touchdown passes and Graig Cooper ran for 128 yards and two scores to lead Miami to a 41-23 win over Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon in fornt of a sold out Kyle Field in College Station. Jerrod Johnson passed for 275 yards and 3 TDs and Mike Goodson (left) had 143 yards and 2 TDs for the Aggies.

Miami took advantage of two critical Aggie third quarter turnovers, Robert Marve threw two touchdown passes and Graig Cooper ran for 128 yards and two scores to lead Miami to a 41-23 win over Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon in fornt of a sold out Kyle Field in College Station. Jerrod Johnson passed for 275 yards and 3 TDs and Mike Goodson (left) had 143 yards and 2 TDs for the Aggies.

Texas A&M started with a bang. After a 31-yard kickoff return by Cyrus Gray, on the Aggies' first play from scrimmage, Jerrod Johnson completed a pass to Mike Goodson in the flat and Goodson took it 62 yards for an Aggie touchdown. Richie Bean's extra point gave the Aggies a 7-0 lead just 20 seconds into the game.

It didn't take Miami long to respond. After a 41-yard kickoff return by Brandon Harris, Miami drove 59 yards in 4 plays, with Graig Cooper scoring on a 19-yard run. Matt Bosher's extra point tied the game 7-all with 12:56 left in the 1st quarter.

Miami took a 14-7 lead on their next possession when Graig Cooper broke loose on a 51-yard touchdown run. The Aggies drove Miami 21-yard line in 12 plays before having to settle for a 38-yard Richie Bean field goal, cutting the Miami lead to 14-10 at the 3:21 mark in the 1st quarter.

Early in the 2nd quarter, Miami used 9 plays to drive to set up a 1st-and-goal at the Aggies 7-yard line. A strong defensive stand by the Aggies forced Miami to settle for a 20-yard field goal, giving Miami a 17-10 lead with 8:22 left in the first half. Texas A&M drove to the Miami 21-yard line before Richie Bean missed a 48-yard field goal.

Miami and Texas A&M exchanged punts before Miami's Travis Benjamin returned a Justin Brantley punt 44 yards to the Aggie 41-yard line. Robert Marve thres a 26-yard touchdown pass to Thearon Collier and Bosher's extra point gave Miami a 24-10 halftime lead

After an exchange of punts to open the 3rd quarter, Miami drove to the Aggie 2-yard line before another solid Aggie goal line stand forced Miami to kick a 20-yard field goal, extending the Miami lead to 27-10 at the 6:54 mark in the 3rd quarter.

On the first play of the next Aggie possession, a Jerrod Johnson pass was intercepted by Miami defensive end Eric Moncur and Moncur returned it to the Aggie 15-yard line. Robert Marve hit Kayne Farquharson on a 15-yard towuchdown pass to give Miami a 34-10 lead. On the Aggies next possession, Jerrod Johnson was sacked by Miami linebacker Colin McCarthy, fumbled, and Miami lineback Glenn Cook recovered at the 2-yard line and took it in for a touchdown to give Miami a commanding 41-10 lead with 5:43 left in the 3rd quarter.

Texas A&M drove 58 yards in 8 plays, with Jeff Fuller scoring on a 18-yard pass from Jerrod Johnson to reduce the Miami lead to 41-17 with 1:55 left in the 3rd quarter. A&M's next drive went 48 yards in 11 plays, with Mike Goodson scoring on a 1-yard toss from Jerrod Johnson to further reduce the Miami lead to 41-23 with 9:32 left in the game.

Miami used up over five minutes of clock on seven straight rushing plays before Aggie defensive back Johnathan Batson intercepted a Robert Marve pass at the Aggie goal line. The Aggies drove out to the 41-yard line before turning the ball over on downs. Miami ran out the clock to claim a 41-23 win ovcer Texas A&M.

The game was very close statistically. Both Miami and Texas A&M had 18 first downs. Miami led in total yards, 398 to 361. The Aggies led in time of possession 33:25 to 26:35.

For Texas A&M, Jerrod Johnson completed 19 of 33 passes for 275 yards and 3 TDs with one interception. Mike Goodson rushed for 64 yards on 12 carries and 4 passes for 79 yards and 2 TDs. Jeff Fuller caught 5 passes for 79 yards and 1 TD and Terrence McCoy caught 5 passes for 51 yards.

For Miami, Robert Marce completed 16 of 22 passes for 212 yards and 2 TDs with one interception. Graig Cooper rushed for 128 yards and 2 TDs on 16 carries. Kayne Farquharson caught 5 passes for 67 yards and 1 TD and Thearon Collier caught 4 passes for 62 yards and 1 TD.

This game was essentially decided in that one minute in the third quarter when Jerrod Johnson threw an interception setting up Miami at the Aggie 15-yard line and later fumbled on a sack for a Miami touchdown.

The Aggies will lake a number of positives from this game - 361 total yards, 275 yards passing, a couple of goal line stands, a solid second half defensive performance.

Texas A&M (1-2) will now look to rebound when they host Army next Saturday.


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