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Kirk comes up big late, helps Texas A&M beat Florida 19-17

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Christian Kirk was mostly missing for three quarters against Florida on Saturday night.

Texas A&M's best player showed up in the final frame, just in time to help the Aggies pull out a 19-17 victory over the Gators.

Kirk caught a 40-yard pass from Kellen Mond to set up one field goal and then returned a punt 43 yards to put the Aggies in position for the game-winner, a 32-yarder with 58 seconds remaining that turned out to be the difference.

''I was just trying to be patient,'' Kirk said. ''I was glad I could step up and made a big play on the return.''

Florida coach Jim McElwain spent part of the week telling punter Johnny Townsend to keep the ball away from Kirk, but Townsend missed badly on his final kick of the night. Kirk eluded several tacklers and gave Texas A&M great field position.

Mond took it from there, running for a first down and putting Daniel LaCamera in line for his fourth field goal of the game. LaCamera hit from 46, 43, 25 and 32 yards, with the final three coming on Texas A&M's final three drives in the fourth.

''The offense is the hero of this game,'' said LaCamera, a junior from nearby Tarpon Springs. ''They set me up for a chip shot.''

Mond made everything happen for the Aggies (5-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference). The freshman completed eight passes for 180 yards, and added 52 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Florida (3-3, 3-2) had one final chance in its new uniforms designed to look like alligator skin. But Feleipe Franks threw an interception on first down to end any chance of a comeback.

The loss was Florida's second in as many weeks at home and essentially knocked the Gators out of contention in the SEC's Eastern Division race and surely will stoke more questions about the direction of the program - mostly the offense - in coach Jim McElwain's third season.

Florida dominated in yards (371-263) and first downs (17-10), but came up short on the scoreboard.

''Guys played hard,'' McElwain said. ''Didn't make a couple of plays down the stretch that we needed to to come out on the right side of the scoreboard. ... I believe in these guys. I believe in this team, and I will continue to do that and continue to push hard and we'll get better.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas A&M: The Aggies kept their composure after falling behind several times in the game and kept coming back, a huge sign of progress for a team with a freshman quarterback.

Florida: Franks made a huge play with his legs, but was mediocre for most of the night. He continues to miss open receivers all over the field and misfired on every deep ball. Franks completed 17 of 26 passes for 129 yards, with two interceptions and was sacked five times.

LONG RUN

Franks had a 79-yard run that set up Dre Massey's short touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter. Five tacklers missed chances to take Franks down. He zigzagged his way across the field for what's believed to be the longest quarterback run in school history.

BIZZARE CALL

The Gators may have been fortunate to score their first touchdown, which came after a bizarre do-over in the second quarter.

Lamical Perine was seemingly stopped short on a fourth-and-1 play at the Texas A&M 17-yard line. But officials supposedly whistled the play dead before the snap. So Perine got another shot, picked up the first down and then scored on the next play against the stunned Aggies. Perine made three defenders miss and then carried a fourth into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown and a 10-3 lead.

HUGE LOSS

Florida lost senior defensive end Jordan Sherit, one of the team's top pass-rushers, midway through the fourth quarter and probably for the season. Sherit injured his right hip and had to be helped off the field. He eventually left the stadium on a cart, and McElwain said he will need surgery.

UP NEXT

Texas A&M: Gets a bye week before beginning a three-game home-stand against Mississippi State. The home team has won the last four meetings in the series.

Florida: Gets much-needed bye before playing rival and fourth-ranked Georgia in Jacksonville, Florida. The Gators have won 21 of the last 27 meetings, including three in a row, but will be underdogs in this one.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:02
36-D.LaCamera 33 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
24
yds
03:18
pos
19
17
Field Goal 7:40
36-D.LaCamera 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
57
yds
02:34
pos
16
17
Field Goal 12:48
36-D.LaCamera 43 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
50
yds
02:06
pos
13
17
Point After TD 14:54
15-E.Pineiro extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
17
Touchdown 14:54
9-D.Massey runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
90
yds
01:18
pos
10
16
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 11:12
36-D.LaCamera extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
10
Touchdown 11:12
11-K.Mond scrambles runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
55
yds
01:39
pos
9
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:41
15-E.Pineiro extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
10
Touchdown 1:41
22-L.Perine runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
55
yds
02:58
pos
3
9
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:13
36-D.LaCamera 46 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
38
yds
02:28
pos
3
3
Field Goal 7:52
15-E.Pineiro 29 yards Field Goal is Good.
14
plays
73
yds
05:44
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 10 17
Rushing 5 11
Passing 5 6
Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Conv 4-16 4-15
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-1
Total Net Yards 251 355
Total Plays 62 68
Avg Gain 4.0 5.2
Net Yards Rushing 83 242
Rush Attempts 38 42
Avg Rush Yards 2.2 5.8
Net Yards Passing 168 113
Comp. - Att. 8-24 17-26
Yards Per Pass 7.0 4.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-12 5-16
Penalties - Yards 7-46 6-44
Touchdowns 1 2
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 2
Punts - Avg 8-48.6 8-47.5
Return Yards 58 91
Punts - Returns 3-58 1-9
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 4-82
Int. - Returns 2-0 1-0
Kicking 5/5 3/3
Extra Points 1/1 2/2
Field Goals 4/4 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Texas A&M 5-2 307919
Florida 3-3 370717
168 PASS YDS 113
83 RUSH YDS 242
251 TOTAL YDS 355
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Mond 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% 180 0 1 88.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.6% 1225 7 4 119.6
K. Mond 8/24 180 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Mond 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 52 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
80 318 3
K. Mond 15 52 1 18
K. Ford 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 22 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
77 343 7
K. Ford 9 22 0 4
T. Williams 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
91 440 5
T. Williams 10 18 0 6
K. Bussey 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 221 1
K. Bussey 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Ratley 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 72 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 300 0
D. Ratley 2 72 0 42
C. Kirk 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 44 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 360 5
C. Kirk 2 44 0 40
C. Buckley 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 33 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 95 1
C. Buckley 1 33 0 33
J. Ausbon 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 238 1
J. Ausbon 1 16 0 16
T. Williams 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 109 0
T. Williams 2 15 0 9
R. Paul 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 48 0
R. Paul 0 0 0 0
C. Chriss 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 52 0
C. Chriss 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
K. Keke 88 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
K. Keke 7-2 0.0 0
O. Alaka 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 1.0
O. Alaka 7-1 1.0 0
T. Dodson 25 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 1 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 3 0.5
T. Dodson 7-2 0.5 1
D. Renfro 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Renfro 4-0 0.0 0
Z. Henderson 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
Z. Henderson 3-0 0.0 0
D. Tucker 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
D. Tucker 3-1 0.0 0
A. Hines III 19 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
A. Hines III 3-0 1.0 0
K. Magee II 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.5
K. Magee II 2-1 0.5 0
J. Peevy 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Peevy 2-0 0.0 0
D. Mack 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
D. Mack 1-0 1.0 0
M. Jones 10 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Jones 1-0 0.0 0
L. Durham 46 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
L. Durham 1-1 0.0 0
B. Johnson 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0
C. Oliver 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
C. Oliver 1-1 0.0 0
D. Capers-Smith 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Capers-Smith 1-0 0.0 0
J. Madubuike 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Madubuike 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Tripucka 18 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 48.6 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
41 46.2 2
S. Tripucka 8 48.6 2 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Kirk 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 19.3 43 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 11.4 43 0
C. Kirk 3 19.3 43 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
F. Franks 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.4% 129 0 2 91.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.8% 794 3 3 131.0
F. Franks 17/26 129 0 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Davis 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 97 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
75 506 2
M. Davis 18 97 0 32
F. Franks 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 82 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 60 0
F. Franks 9 82 0 79
L. Perine 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 54 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
63 272 6
L. Perine 13 54 1 15
D. Massey 9 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 9 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 9 1
D. Massey 2 9 1 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
B. Powell 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 37 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 149 1
B. Powell 5 37 0 12
D. Goolsby 30 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 78 0
D. Goolsby 6 35 0 11
M. Davis 20 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 52 0
M. Davis 2 22 0 20
J. Hammond 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 138 0
J. Hammond 2 16 0 9
F. Swain 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 72 1
F. Swain 1 12 0 12
T. McCoy 59 OL
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
T. McCoy 1 7 0 7
D. Massey 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 2 0
D. Massey 0 0 0 0
T. Cleveland 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 326 2
T. Cleveland 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Reese 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 1 0.0
D. Reese 7-1 0.0 0
T. Bryan 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.5
T. Bryan 5-1 1.5 0
K. Johnson 28 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
K. Johnson 5-1 0.0 0
C. Jefferson 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
C. Jefferson 4-1 0.0 0
C. Gardner Jr. 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
C. Gardner Jr. 3-0 0.0 0
V. Joseph 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
V. Joseph 3-0 0.0 0
J. Sherit 17 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.5
J. Sherit 3-1 0.5 0
A. Clayton 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
A. Clayton 1-1 0.0 0
J. Polite 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Polite 1-1 0.0 0
Je. Taylor 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
Je. Taylor 1-1 0.0 1
B. Stewart 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Stewart 1-0 0.0 0
K. Clark 54 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Clark 0-1 0.0 0
L. Ancrum 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
L. Ancrum 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
E. Pineiro 15 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
6/7 16/17
E. Pineiro 1/1 29 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Townsend 19 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 47.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
34 48.5 2
J. Townsend 8 47.5 2 67
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Lemons 32 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 20.5 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 20.5 26 0
A. Lemons 4 20.5 26 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Powell 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 4.0 9 0
B. Powell 1 9.0 9 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 TXAM 25 1:12 4 0 Punt
7:47 TXAM 25 1:35 4 20 Punt
4:41 TXAM 33 2:28 6 38 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:44 TXAM 26 0:40 3 3 Punt
12:18 TXAM 20 0:00 1 80 INT
10:25 TXAM 10 1:47 4 -1 Punt
6:52 TXAM 9 2:00 3 -3 Punt
1:41 TXAM 25 1:02 4 9 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:51 TXAM 45 1:39 6 55 TD
6:53 TXAM 21 2:18 4 14 Punt
3:05 TXAM 20 1:14 3 7 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 TXAM 35 2:06 8 35 FG
10:14 TXAM 36 2:34 8 57 FG
4:20 FLA 39 3:18 8 24 FG
0:52 FLA 29 0:35 2 -4 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:36 FLA 25 5:44 14 63 FG
6:05 FLA 15 1:13 3 1 Punt
2:03 FLA 26 1:11 3 9 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 FLA 23 2:24 6 -3 INT
12:09 FLA 25 1:28 3 7 Punt
8:29 FLA 37 1:30 3 5 Punt
4:39 FLA 45 2:58 7 55 TD
0:28 FLA 11 0:22 5 43 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 FLA 25 2:01 4 1 Punt
11:06 FLA 17 4:06 8 26 Punt
4:22 FLA 49 1:07 3 3 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:44 FLA 19 1:18 5 90 TD
12:24 FLA 26 1:57 3 0 Punt
7:33 FLA 15 2:57 5 21 Punt
0:58 FLA 25 0:00 1 75 INT