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No. 24 Texas A&M beats No. 13 Miami 17-9

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Texas A&M bounced back from a Week 2 loss to Appalachian State with a 17-9 win over No. 13 Miami on Saturday Night.

The game was as much of an offensive struggle as the score showed, and although the change for #24 Texas A&M quarterback paid off with the win, the offensive results weren’t too inspiring with Max Johnson at QB in place of Haynes King.

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Aggie only had 265 yards on offense and Johnson only had 10 of 20 passes for 140 yards. The LSU transfer began Saturday night after King threw for 97 yards in an App State loss.

“I think he did a really good job,” Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fischer said of Johnson after the ESPN game. “He led the team, played with poise and didn’t try to take what wasn’t there. Played what happened. We need to get a lot better, but he led us to victory and did what we had to do in our game plan.”

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Like Appalachian State a week ago, Miami had more ball than Aggie. But they agreed to five field goals at Texas A&M territory, including at the end of a 12-game drive in the third quarter.

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A&M took a 17-3 lead early in the second half when Johnson found Devon Achane on a 25-yard TD pass. Miami responded with a 71-yard run that took over six minutes, but the Hurricanes and coach Mario Cristobal refrained from doing so in 4th and scored a goal at A&M 4 to score a short field goal.

Miami never got that close to the end zone again, though A&M tried to give the Hurricanes a golden opportunity to tie with less than four minutes left. Inias Smith hit a punt in his top ten but somehow grabbed the ball off the lawn before a horde of hurricanes hit him.

The Hurricanes got another touchdown opportunity and a two-point conversion for the tie, but didn’t get much in A&M territory before passing the ball down when Tyler Van Dyke’s pass went through the hands of Brashard Smith.

Although Miami had over 100 yards more than A&M, it was an uneven offensive for the Hurricanes. Tyler Van Dyke was just 21 of 41 passes for 217 yards without wide receiver Xavier Restrepo in the lineup, and tight end Will Mallory left the game in the second half after landing on his head when he was caught after a catch and a run.

Henry Parrish Jr. and Jaylan Knighton ran over 150 yards together, but the Hurricanes stopped whenever they started sniffing the A&M end zone. Andres Borregales also conceded two field goals.

A&M, meanwhile, will have to get a better quarterback game from either Johnson or King if he wants to be a contender for the SEC West. The offense simply cannot rely on Achan for everything.

Achane had nearly half of Aggie’s offense with 88 receiving yards and 42 receiving yards, while Smith had 74 receiving yards on four catches. Smith and Ahane make one of the best running and wide receivers in the SEC, but they need a quarterback to keep the offense going.

Given Fischer’s comments after the game, we wouldn’t be surprised if Johnson started again in Week 4 against No. 10 Arkansas. But he and the A&M offense need to be much better to keep the Aggies from falling to 2-2.

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 17: Devon Achane #6 of the Texas A&M Aggies plays ball against
COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEP 17: Devon Achane #6 of the Texas A&M Aggies plays ball against the Miami Hurricanes in the first half at Kyle Field on September 17, 2022 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Jack Gorman/Getty Images)



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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