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Ford's 2 fourth quarter TDs lead Aggies over Gamecocks 24-17

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Coach Kevin Sumlin has so many good runners that the Texas A&M coach sometimes has trouble distributing carries between them.

On Saturday night he saw that Keith Ford was on a roll late. So he kept feeding him the ball, and it paid off as Ford ran for 70 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead 17-yard score in the fourth quarter, to lift Texas A&M to a 24-17 win over South Carolina.

''There's games where guys are hot and a tough physical game like that, that's where Keith ford excels,'' Sumlin said.

True freshman Kellen Mond threw for 159 yards and ran for 95 to help the Aggies (4-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) rally for the victory. Sumlin likes the growth Mond has shown since taking over midway through Texas A&M's opener against UCLA when Nick Starkel suffered a season-ending injury.

''I think he moved around tonight and made something out of nothing even when the pocket collapsed,'' Sumlin said. ''He's learning and his growth, you see it every week. It's not as fast as everybody wants, it's not as fast as he wants. But he is getting better just like this whole football team.''

Texas A&M trailed by a touchdown entering the fourth quarter before Ford tied it up with a 7-yard run.

Mond looked to have scored two plays earlier, but Camron Buckley delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit while blocking on the play and it was called back. Buckley, who was called for a holding penalty earlier in the drive, was ejected for targeting after the play was reviewed.

Otaro Alaka sacked Jake Bentley on third down on South Carolina's next drive to force a punt.

Ford put the Aggies on top on their ensuing possession when he dragged three defenders into the end zone for that 17-yard touchdown, which made it 24-17.

''I just describe it as just running hard,'' he said. ''I don't like going to the ground, so I was just fighting.''

Bentley was sacked twice on South Carolina's next drive and the Aggies got the ball back and they used run after run to get the clock down to less than two minutes.

Bentley threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns for South Carolina (3-2, 1-2), but he was sacked seven times behind a line dealing with injuries that often didn't give him enough time to make plays.

''We're not going to make excuses,'' coach Will Muschamp said. ''At the end of the day you've got to block the pass rushers.''

Alaka led the way on defense for the Aggies, finishing with nine tackles, including five for losses and two sacks.

Bentley pushed South Carolina's lead to 17-7 when he connected with OrTre Smith on a 13-yard touchdown pass with about nine minutes left in the third quarter.

''We just have to find a way to score more points,'' Bentley said. ''That's on all of us. We have to execute better.''

The Aggies took a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Trayveon Williams early in the second quarter. South Carolina tied it up when Bentley wriggled out of a would-be sack and found Shi Smith wide open on a 45-yard touchdown pass to tie it at 7-all with about 13 minutes left in the second quarter.

South Carolina receiver Terry Googer was carted off the field on a stretcher after a hit on a punt. But school officials said he was moving all of his extremities after arriving at the hospital and Muschamp said on the television broadcast at halftime that he was OK.

THE TAKEAWAY

SOUTH CAROLINA: Bentley showed the ability to make throws when he had time on Saturday night. But the Gamecocks will need to protect him better for him to be successful as they continue SEC play.

TEXAS A&M: Mond took another step forward, but will have to make another jump next week if the Aggies hope to compete with the top-ranked Crimson Tide.

SUMLIN HOBBLED

Sumlin was asked about his health after walking with a noticeable limp on Saturday. He said he had an injured ankle and that it happened at practice.

''I was trying to do too much this week,'' he said. ''I found out that I'm 53 years old now and not 23 and our players are pretty good. I think my playing days are over.''

HOW TO WORRY A COACH

Mond came to Texas A&M as one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation, so running was certainly going to be a part of his game with the Aggies. However, all that scrambling and his penchant for not sliding at the end of those runs doesn't exactly thrill Sumlin.

''Of course it does,'' Sumlin repeated twice when asked if he worries about his 18-year-old quarterback scrambles. ''There's always a concern when your quarterback takes off running to the middle, particularly between the hashes. He's learning to slide. He's learning to take care of the ball and that's all part of it.''

UP NEXT

SOUTH CAROLINA: Hosts Arkansas next Saturday.

TEXAS A&M: Hosts Alabama next Saturday night.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:42
36-D.LaCamera extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
24
Touchdown 7:42
7-K.Ford runs 17 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
46
yds
02:12
pos
17
23
Touchdown 12:27
7-K.Ford runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
96
yds
02:26
pos
17
16
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:05
36-D.LaCamera 46 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
55
yds
04:55
pos
17
10
Point After TD 9:24
43-P.White extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
7
Touchdown 9:24
19-J.Bentley complete to 18-O.Smith. 18-O.Smith runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
80
yds
02:17
pos
16
7
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 9:17
43-P.White 29 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
39
yds
02:25
pos
10
7
Point After TD 12:45
43-P.White extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 12:45
19-J.Bentley complete to 13-S.Smith. 13-S.Smith runs 45 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
75
yds
02:00
pos
6
7
Point After TD 14:45
36-D.LaCamera extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 14:45
5-T.Williams runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
10
plays
55
yds
04:09
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
1st Downs 14 20
Rushing 2 12
Passing 11 8
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 2-13 7-16
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 226 388
Total Plays 56 76
Avg Gain 4.0 5.1
Net Yards Rushing 23 237
Rush Attempts 26 49
Avg Rush Yards 0.9 4.8
Net Yards Passing 203 151
Comp. - Att. 17-30 19-27
Yards Per Pass 6.8 5.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 7-53 1-8
Penalties - Yards 2-10 5-47
Touchdowns 2 3
Rushing TDs 0 3
Passing TDs 2 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 2-2
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 7-44.3 8-40.5
Return Yards 75 9
Punts - Returns 1-3 1--1
Kickoffs - Returns 3-72 2-10
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 3/4 4/4
Extra Points 2/2 3/3
Field Goals 1/2 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
South Carolina 3-2 0107017
Texas A&M 4-1 0731424
203 PASS YDS 151
23 RUSH YDS 237
226 TOTAL YDS 388
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Bentley 19 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.7% 256 2 0 150.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.4% 1257 9 4 143.5
J. Bentley 17/30 256 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Williams 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 73 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
41 246 1
T. Williams 14 73 0 34
A. Turner 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 40 0
A. Turner 1 0 0 0
R. Dowdle 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
45 126 1
R. Dowdle 2 -4 0 -2
J. Bentley 19 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 -46 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 -5 0
J. Bentley 9 -46 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
S. Smith 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 86 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 170 1
S. Smith 3 86 1 45
H. Hurst 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 76 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 221 1
H. Hurst 6 76 0 27
B. Edwards 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 68 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 337 0
B. Edwards 4 68 0 25
O. Smith 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 28 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 73 3
O. Smith 3 28 1 13
R. Dowdle 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 96 1
R. Dowdle 0 0 0 0
T. Williams 27 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 24 0
T. Williams 1 -2 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
U. Jones 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
U. Jones 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
P. White 43 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
2/7 5/5
P. White 1/2 29 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Charlton 20 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 44.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
23 43.7 1
J. Charlton 7 44.3 1 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Fenton 16 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 29.0 31 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 23.3 31 0
R. Fenton 2 29.0 31 0
A. Turner 25 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 14.4 14 0
A. Turner 1 14.0 14 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Lammons 3 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 7.6 3 0
C. Lammons 1 3.0 3 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Mond 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.4% 159 0 0 119.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.8% 808 6 2 121.2
K. Mond 19/27 159 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Mond 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 95 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
51 252 1
K. Mond 16 95 0 19
K. Ford 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 70 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
57 302 7
K. Ford 12 70 2 17
T. Williams 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 56 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
66 384 5
T. Williams 16 56 1 14
K. Bussey 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
36 218 1
K. Bussey 3 12 0 10
R. Paul 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
R. Paul 1 6 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Ausbon 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 43 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 199 1
J. Ausbon 3 43 0 21
D. Ratley 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 40 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 196 0
D. Ratley 4 40 0 26
T. Williams 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 34 0
T. Williams 3 22 0 8
K. Bussey 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 37 0
K. Bussey 1 19 0 19
C. Kirk 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 264 4
C. Kirk 4 13 0 6
C. Buckley 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 23 1
C. Buckley 1 11 0 11
K. Ford 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 38 0
K. Ford 2 10 0 6
R. Paul 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 34 0
R. Paul 1 1 0 1
A. Hansford 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 39 0
A. Hansford 0 0 0 0
K. Rogers 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 21 0
K. Rogers 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
L. Durham 46 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 4.0
L. Durham 2-0 2.0 0
O. Alaka 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 3.0
O. Alaka 2-0 2.0 0
Z. Henderson 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 2.0
Z. Henderson 1-0 1.0 0
J. Johnson 40 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 2.0
J. Johnson 1-0 1.0 0
K. Keke 88 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
K. Keke 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Tripucka 18 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 40.5 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
28 45.2 3
S. Tripucka 8 40.5 3 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Kirk 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 30.2 10 1
C. Kirk 1 10.0 10 0
C. Horry 85 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
C. Horry 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Kirk 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 -0.5 0 0
C. Kirk 1 -1.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 SC 27 0:51 3 4 Punt
11:50 SC 11 3:16 6 61 FG Miss
5:54 SC 8 1:28 3 3 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:45 SC 25 2:00 5 75 TD
11:42 SC 50 2:25 5 39 FG
7:27 SC 30 3:39 9 -24 Fumble
1:03 SC 17 0:44 2 13 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:41 SC 20 2:17 6 80 TD
7:31 SC 31 1:21 3 -4 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:59 SC 25 0:12 3 0 Punt
12:02 SC 19 1:58 3 11 Punt
7:36 SC 31 1:31 3 5 Punt
1:52 SC 20 1:18 7 28 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:55 TXAM 29 1:59 5 25 Punt
8:34 TXAM 28 2:32 5 25 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
4:18 TXAM 45 4:09 10 55 TD
12:45 TXAM 25 0:56 3 -8 Punt
9:05 TXAM 10 1:23 3 9 Punt
3:41 TXAM 6 2:32 8 35 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:56 TXAM 20 3:09 8 43 Punt
9:24 TXAM 25 1:47 4 -4 Punt
6:00 TXAM 17 4:55 11 55 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 TXAM 45 2:26 8 55 TD
9:54 SC 46 2:12 5 46 TD
5:54 TXAM 37 3:55 8 17 Punt
0:30 SC 48 0:00 1 -2 Game