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(Saturday, September 18th)
Final Score: Texas A&M 27, FIU 20
College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Cyrus Gray ran for 85 yards and the deciding score as the Texas A&M Aggies slipped by the FIU Golden Panthers, 27-20, in non-conference action at Kyle Field.
Gray carried the ball nine times for the Aggies (3-0) as the team generated 206 yards and scored twice on the ground to remain undefeated on the season. Christine Michael finished with a game-high 119 yards and a score on 21 attempts, while quarterback Jerrod Johnson converted 11-of-31 passes for 194 yards and a TD. However, Johnson was under constant pressure as he threw four interceptions and was taken down for six sacks on the night.
Leading the way for the Golden Panthers (0-2) was Wesley Carroll who converted 14-of-33 passes for 117 yards.
FIU kicker Jack Griffin put the visitors on the board first with a 33-yard boot midway through the first quarter. Griffin added a 40-yard conversion in the second period, but in between Randy Bullock knocked through a 23-yard field goal for A&M.
With just 1:43 remaining in the first half Bullock's 39-yard field goal conversion made the score 6-6, which is where it stood at the break.
In the third frame FIU registered a pair of touchdowns as Darriet Perry hit the end zone on a one yard run and Anthony Gaitor was credited with a 54-yard interception return for a touchdown to give the visitors a 20-6 advantage heading into the final quarter.
The Aggies took control in the fourth as Michael scored on a 37-yard run, Johnson and Terrence McCoy hooked up for a 33-yard TD strike and Gray hit the end zone on a 40-yard run with only 4:29 remaining in regulation to give the hosts the comeback win.
The Golden Panthers were limited to just 232 yards of total offense and converted a mere 3-of-18 on third-down plays on the night.
09/19 00:42:55 ET