Aggies Drop 2-0 Decision at Vanderbilt

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – With four starters out due to injury, the No. 14 Texas A&M Aggies were unable to muster offense in a 2-0 loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores at VU Soccer Complex Friday evening.

Texas A&M started the match with five starters out of action, but midfielder Mikaela Harvey started the second half.

In the first half, the squads played to a 0-0 draw with Vanderbilt owning edges in shots (5-3) and corner kicks (2-0).

Vanderbilt (6-4-0, 2-1-0 SEC) converted on a pair of set pieces in the second half for the difference in the match.

In the 49th minute, the Commodores took a free kick from near the left corner kick arc. The initial offering was knocked around the six-yard box before Grace Jackson was able to skirt it out to Nia Dorsey who scored from seven yards.

In the 82nd minute, Vanderbilt converted on a corner kick. Lydia Simmons served the ball in from the left corner arc. An Aggie defender attempted to clear the ball with a header, but it sailed towards the far post where Jackie Welch headed it home for the 2-0 advantage.

Texas A&M (7-3-0, 2-1-0 SEC) had three quality scoring chances in the first half, but were uable to strike gold. In the 15thminute, Cienna Arrieta had a free kick from 20 yards out that she blasted unabated towards goal, but Vanderbilt goalkeeper Kaitlyn Fahrner was able to make the save.  In the 18th minute, Haley Pounds charged into the box from the left side and fired a shot from 10 yards out. It got past Fahrner but went wide of the right post by inches. In the 22nd minute, Arrieta had a shot from 20 yards but sent it over the crossbar.

Aggie keeper Danielle Rice made four saves in the match, including two heroic stops in the 35th minute to keep the match scoreless going into halftime.

In the second half, the Aggies’ best chance to score came in the 58th minute. Callyn Walton fired a shot from eight yards out that was smothered by Fahrner. In the ensuing scrum, Walton and Harvey were both upended in the box, but to no avail.

In the final 15 minutes, the Aggies had a flurry of corner kick opportunities but were unable to convert on the four chances.

The Aggies return to action Sunday when the Maroon and White travel to Tuscaloosa for a 6 p.m. match against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

TEXAS A&M QUOTE

Head coach G Guerrieri
On the match…
“Congratulations to Vanderbilt. They looked really good tonight. They finished their two set pieces in similar fashion. I thought they were very good on the night. As for us, we have to lick our wounds, regroup and get ready to play a good Alabama team in Tuscaloosa on Sunday.”

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Astros miss out on chance to gain ground, lose to Angels 2-0

HOUSTON (AP) _ Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Ricky Nolasco pitched seven solid innings, helping the Los Angeles Angels hinder the Houston Astros wild-card hopes with a 2-0 victory Thursday night.

The Angels ended an 11-game skid and kept Houston one game behind the Orioles and Tigers for the second AL wild card, with Detroit still playing later Thursday against the Twins.

Pujols homered into the Crawford Boxes in left field, helping Los Angeles move to 2-11 against the Astros this season.

Nolasco (7-14) gave up five hits _ all singles _ and struck out five.

JC Ramirez pitched the eighth before Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Mike Fiers (11-8) allowed two runs on four hits with a season-high nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

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Rookie Brissett, Blount lead Patriots past Texans 27-0

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) _ Another week, another new quarterback, another win for the New England Patriots.

Jacoby Brissett had a 27-yard touchdown run in his first NFL start at quarterback, LeGarrette Blount added scoring runs of 1 and 41 yards , and the Patriots beat the Houston Texans 27-0 on Thursday night.

It was the first time the Texans have been shutout since a 27-0 loss at Jacksonville in 2003.

Brissett started in place of Jimmy Garoppolo, who was inactive because of an injured right shoulder. It was the first time since Drew Bledsoe in 1993 that New England had started a rookie quarterback.

The Texans (2-1) entered the game with the NFL’s third-ranked defense and nine sacks through two games, but they struggled to put pressure on the 23-year-old quarterback. Houston didn’t help itself on special teams either, turning the ball over twice on fumbled kickoff returns. Houston quarterback Brock Osweiler was 24 for 41 for 196 yards and was sacked twice. He also had a promising drive in the second quarter thwarted by Jamie Collins’ interception.

Lamar Miller rushed 22 times for 84 yards.

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Texas A&M, adidas Reveal “Junction Made” Retro Football Uniforms

Texas A&M University and adidas today unveiled the ‘Junction Made’ Primeknit alternate football uniform, which will hit the turf when the Aggies visit South Carolina on Saturday, October 1st.

Designed in collaboration with Texas A&M Athletics, the special edition uniform celebrates Aggie toughness and determination, while commemorating the Aggies’ historic undefeated 1956 season where the team went 9-0-1 and took home the Southwest Conference Championship – their first in 15 years. Additionally, after what was known as the toughest preseason camp in Aggie history two years earlier, that 1956 team defeated Texas in Austin for the first time since 1922 en route to finishing the season ranked in the top-5 nationally.

Curated in collaboration with the University’s library, the throwback story is told through a vintage-style helmet design and an all-white uniform with Aggie Maroon accents, arm stripes and numbering, ultimately matching the 1956 A&M design. Additionally, the jersey hosts a special patch on the right side, honoring the success of the 1956 season with “9-0”, “TEXAS AGGIES” and a two-bar helmet stitched into a circular maroon patch.

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“We played for the love of our school and knew that we were representing Aggies everywhere,” said College Football Hall of Fame Coach Gene Stallings, who was a senior on Texas A&M’s 1956 team. “We were well-coached (under Paul “Bear” Bryant), had some talent and played with a purpose.”

The special edition retro look combines historical substance with innovative technology. Made with a cutting-edge, proprietary yarn blend that increases durability and abrasion resistance, Primeknit is the premier compression uniform system, featuring the latest generation of adidas TECHFIT technology. Primeknit helps keep players cool and increases range of motion, giving athletes an unrivaled level of comfort and allowing them to perform at their highest levels. The jersey’s padlock system secures tension over the shoulder pads, while the bodymap fit adheres to the player, making it difficult for opponents to grab, hold or tackle.

Produced in concert with Hydro Graphics Inc. (HGI) and Riddell specifically for this uniform, the Junction Made helmet is all white with a graphic stripe down the middle that was recreated using high-resolution photographs of an actual 1956 Texas A&M helmet. The helmet also features vintage Riddell and KRA-LITE brand marks on the exterior shell and chinstrap consistent with those worn by the 1956 Aggie team, as well as a custom painted facemask to simulate the appearance of the single and double-bar models versions from the period.

The retro theme continues with the TECHFIT baselayer and the adizero 5-Star 5.0 gloves, that feature an oversized graphic of “Aggies” prominently placed on the chest and inside of the gloves. The adizero 5-Star 5.0 gloves feature 4-way stretch mesh for compression fit and GripTack 2.0 for consistent control in all weather conditions.

For more information and images of Texas A&M’s retro ‘Junction Made’ football uniform, please visithttp://news.adidas.com/US and follow the conversation on Twitter and Instagram via @12thMan,@AggieFootball, @AggieFBLife, @adidasFballUS and https://www.facebook.com/adidasfootballus #12thMan,  #teamadidas.

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Springer Delivers, Astros Hold Off Athletics in 10 Innings

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ George Springer hit a go-ahead single in the top of the
10th inning, and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Tuesday
night.

Tony Kemp, who tied it with a pinch-hit double in the seventh, got things going
with a leadoff double against Sean Doolittle (2-3) and Jake Marisnick sacrificed
him to third to bring up Springer.

Chris Devenski (4-4) struck out four in 3 2-3 innings of relief for the win,
and Ken Giles escaped a bases-loaded jam and closed it out for his 13th save.
The Astros remain in the mix for the AL wild card.

Jose Altuve’s eighth-inning single gave him 200 hits in three straight seasons,
the first to do so since Ichiro Suzuki from 2001-10.

Oakland’s Danny Valencia was ejected at the end of the ninth by plate umpire
Marty Foster after striking out.

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Rangers Closer to AL West After Testy 5-4 Win Over Angels

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Rookie Nomar Mazara hit his 20th homer in another testy
game with multiple ejections and the Texas Rangers moved closer to their second
consecutive AL West title by beating the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 on Tuesday
night.

Texas (90-62) cut its magic number to two to clinch the seventh division title
in franchise history.

Mazara hit a 438-foot drive off rookie right-hander Daniel Wright (0-4) just
beyond the Rangers bullpen in right-center, a two-run shot in the fourth that
put them up 4-3. Mitch Moreland added an RBI single an inning later after two
batters were hit by pitches.

Seattle and Houston, which started the day tied for second in the AL West,
played separate games on the West Coast later Tuesday night. The Mariners and
Astros are both scheduled to play day games Wednesday before the Rangers’ series
finale against the last-place Angels that night.

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Aggie Football Media Day: Arkansas

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Head Coach Kevin Sumlin

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Defensive Coordinator John Chavis

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Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone

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Offensive Lineman Connor Lanfear

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Wide Receiver Christian Kirk

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Defensive Back Nick Harvey

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Quarterback Trevor Knight

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Defensive End Daeshon Hall

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Safety Justin Evans

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Offensive Lineman Jermaine Eluemunor 

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Cowboys’ Gregory drops appeal, faces ban totaling 14 games

FRISCO, Texas (AP) _ Suspended Dallas defensive end Randy Gregory has dropped an appeal on another substance-abuse violation and now faces a 10-game ban on top of the four games he will already miss.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday on his radio show that the NFL Players Association wouldn’t support Gregory’s appeal, making it pointless to pursue. Jones said the labor agreement “boxed him out in having merit to his appeal.”

A 14-game suspension would make Gregory ineligible to play until Week 16 this season.

Gregory slid to the Cowboys at the end of the second round in the 2015 draft after testing positive for marijuana at the NFL combine. According to the labor agreement, four positive marijuana tests can lead to a 10-game suspension.

The 23-year-old Gregory recently rejoined the team after spending time in rehab.

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Rangers Manager Ejected After Angels Out Turns into Double

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Rangers manager Jeff Banister was ejected during last
night’s game during a challenge on a play that became a ground-rule double after
Yunel Escobar was thrown out trying to turn the hit into a triple.

After being out by several feet sliding into third base in the sixth inning
Monday night, Escobar motioned toward the outfield. Manager Mike Scioscia then
challenged that the ball had gotten lodged underneath the padding on the fence
and should have been ruled dead.

The replay showed that the ball had lodged under the padding. Right fielder
Nomar Mazara had to reach twice to get the ball, but indicated that the ball was
stuck.

When umpires put Escobar at second base, Banister immediately came out of the
dugout and was ejected by crew chief Joe West after continuing to argue the
call.

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Astros Score Twice in 9th to Beat Athletics 4-2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Marwin Gonzalez hit a tiebreaking, two-run single off
Ryan Madson in the ninth inning and the Houston Astros came from behind to beat
the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Monday night.

The Astros trailed 2-1 going into the eighth inning but tied it on pinch-hitter
Tyler White’s RBI-double then scored twice in the ninth to keep their slim
playoff hopes alive.

Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa opened the inning with singles. After Evan Gattis
was intentionally walked, Gonzalez lined the first pitch from Madson (5-7) into
center field to drive in Altuve and Correa.

Correa finished with two hits while Gattis hit his 28th home run of the season
to help the Astros to their fifth straight win over the A’s.

Former Oakland reliever Luke Gregerson (4-1) retired three batters for the win.
Ken Giles pitched the ninth for his 12th save.

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Rangers Rally Again, Magic Number 3 After Beating Angels 3-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Ian Desmond had an RBI single with no outs in the ninth
inning and the Texas Rangers moved closer to the AL West title with a 3-2 win
over the last-place Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

Elvis Andrus led off the ninth with a sharp single to left off Jose Alvarez
(1-3) before Carlos Gomez turned an attempted sacrifice into a bunt single.
Desmond, an All-Star center fielder, followed with his hit to right that scored
Andrus.

Andrus also homered for the Rangers, who cut their magic number to three in
pursuit of their second consecutive division title. Second-place Seattle lost to
Toronto.

Alvarez, the sixth Angels pitcher, had gotten out of a bases-loaded jam in the
eighth following a 38-minute rain delay.

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Four Texas A&M Players Earn Weekly Honors After Auburn Victory

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

Texas A&M’s convincing victory over the Auburn Tigers in last Saturday’s Southeastern Conference opener yielded weekly honors for senior Justin Evans, freshman Trayveon Williams, graduate Trevor Knight and sophomoreDaniel LaCamera on Monday.

Evans and Williams earned weekly honors from the SEC, Knight was honored by the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and LaCamera received kudos from the Lou Groza Placekicker Award.

Evans, a senior strong safety from Wiggins, Miss., was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week after posting a game-high 12 tackles, including 10 solo hits, and a tackle for loss of yardage as the Aggie defense limited the high-powered Auburn offense to under 400 total yards, including just 163 passing yards.

Williams, a freshman running back from Houston, Texas, earned SEC Freshman of Week honors after logging his first career 100-yard rushing game with 127 yards on just eight carries. His 89-yard touchdown burst in the fourth quarter effectively clinched the hard-fought win for the Aggies. It was the seventh-longest rush in school history and the longest by an Aggie since Christine Michael’s school-record 97-yarder against Baylor in 2009.

Knight, a graduate transfer quarterback from San Antonio via the University of Oklahoma, was named one of the Davey O’Brien Award “Great 8” weekly honorees after accounting for 289 total yards with 247 through the air and 42 on the ground. The Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week will be determined on Tuesday.

LaCamera, a sophomore placekicker from Tarpon Springs, Fla., was named a “Star of the Week” by the Lou Groza Award after connecting on a career-high five field goals and accounting for 17 points in the Aggies 29-16 victory over the Tigers. LaCamera’s three-pointers came from distances of 46, 35, 31, 25 and 26 yards and the first-time starter has now been successful on nine straight field goals since missing his first career attempt in the season-opener.

SEC Weekly Honors
OFFENSE
Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama

DEFENSE
Justin Evans, DB, Texas A&M

SPECIAL TEAMS
Eddie Jackson, PR, Alabama
Josh Growden, P, LSU

FRESHMAN
Traveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M

OFFENSIVE LINE
Frank Ragnow, OL, Arkansas

DEFENSIVE LINE
Arden Key, DE, LSU

Davey O’Brien Award “Great 8”
Week 3 honorees:
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
Jacob Eason, Georgia
Jalen Hurts, Alabama
Lamar Jackson, Louisville
Trevor Knight, Texas A&M
Patrick Mahomes II, Texas Tech
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
Davis Webb, California

Lou Groza Placekicker Award “Stars of the Week”
Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State
Ryan Kay, Troy
Daniel LaCamera, Texas A&M

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Aggies Rally to Top UC Riverside, 2-1

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M registered two second-half goals in a span of 67 seconds to flip the script on an upset-minded UC Riverside. The No. 8 Aggies pulled out a 2-1 victory over the Highlanders Sunday evening at Ellis Field.

With the triumph, the Aggies ran their win streak to six matches. Texas A&M closed out the nine-match homestand and hit the midway point of the regular season with a 7-2-0 mark.

Trailing 1-0 with the game headed to the final 30 minutes, the Aggies used a corner kick to notch an equalizer. Haley Poundsserved the corner up from the left arc, sending the offering to the far post. Grace Piper outjumped her marking defender and crushed a header that one-hopped to the left side netting to tie the score at 1-1 with 30:16 remaining in the second half. It marked the second goal of the season for the freshman.

Before the Highlanders could catch their breaths, the Aggies put on an otter show to strike again. The sequence started when UC Riverside goalkeeper Alanna Guzman boomed a punt into the Texas A&M half. McKayla Paulson was five yards off the center circle when she returned the service with a header. Paulson’s header found the head of a back-pedaling Mikaela Harvey on the offensive side of the center circle. Harvey sent the ball to the attacking third where Jordan Hill was able to flick a header towards the 18-yard box. The third header found the mercurial Pounds to the right of the penalty arc and she sent a driving right-footed shot to the left of a charging Guzman and into the side netting for the 2-1 advantage with 29:09 left in the second half. The goal was a team-high fifth of the year for Pounds.

UC Riverside (3-3-3) drew first blood in the 21st minute. Blanca Barrio sent a perfect cross in from the left side of the penalty box and she found the headed of Ashley Webb who had sent it into the back of the net to snap Texas A&M’s five-match shutout streak. Prior to the goal, the Aggies went 488:41 without yielding a goal.

Texas A&M had trouble mustering offense in the first half with UC Riverside owning a 4-2 advantage in shots, but the Maroon and White brought the fury in the second half. The Aggies outshot the Highlanders 10-3 in the second half and 12-7 in the match. Texas A&M also owned the edge in shots-on-goal (6-2) and corner kicks (8-5).

The Aggies return to action Thursday as they travel to Nashville for a 7 pm contest against the Vanderbilt Commodores. With two league matches in the books, Texas A&M is tied with Arkansas and South Carolina atop the SEC standings with six points.

TEXAS A&M QUOTES

Head coach G Guerrieri
On halftime adjustments…
“Honestly, I thought we were fortunate to only be down by one at halftime. I thought Riverside came out and played hard and put us under a lot of pressure and we didn’t respond well to it. The fact that they (UCR) only got one goal – as coaching staff we actually felt pretty good that we survived with that. At halftime there was no yelling, no screaming, no turning over furniture. It was just an understanding that there are certain things we control and the fight that we put in is one of those things. If you’re going to play a scrappy team, you’re going to have to play scrappy. I thought our team came out and immediately jumped on them and created some chances. I think a sign of a great team is that when you score, you quickly score again. You put the game away while you’ve got that team down on the mat.”

On Haley Pounds
“She bleeds maroon more than anyone you’ll ever come across, not just because she is a legacy kid from generations and generations of Aggies. She put it on the line. She was not going to let this University take a loss. Her heart and her abilities were on display for everyone to see.”

Junior forward Haley Pounds
On her goal…
“Jordan (Hill) played an excellent ball, in behind, with her head. I was able to get it in and take a shot to the far post. So props to Jordan for being able to get her head on that to set up the goal.”

On the comeback win…
“We were told at halftime to come out and play our game. I don’t think we did we did that in the first half. So to get that goal early really boosted our confidence. I think we all knew we had to score again to get that win.”

Freshman midfielder Grace Piper
On her goal…
“In the second half, we knew we had to put the pressure on, looking for that early goal. Our forwards did a great job of earning us corner after corner. Haley put in a great ball and I had a mismatch with a smaller girl on me. I was able to out-jump her and get a head on the ball.”

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Champ Wins OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – Carding a 69 during his final turn on Olympia Fields Country Club, Texas A&M junior golfer Cameron Champ wrapped up his first collegiate victory Sunday by finishing the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational with a three-round total of five-under par.

As a team, the Aggies (280-295-289=864, +24) posted a third-place finish behind tournament-host Illinois (+5) and Oklahoma State (+18). Meanwhile, North Carolina (+26) and Florida State (+27) rounded out the top five on the 15-team leaderboard which featured some of the top squads in the country.

“I’m so proud of Cam,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said, “That is as good of a win as you’re going to get during the regular season. He was competing against some of the best players in college golf and came away with a three-shot victory. To shoot five-under par on a course that hosts major championships just shows the kind of golf he’s capable of playing and the player he has become.”

Champ (65-71-69=205, -5), a native of Sacramento, Calif., opened his run at the event with a tournament-low and personal-best round of 65 on Friday to surge to the top of the leaderboard. He secured the win during Sunday’s final round with a one-under showing that featured four birdies.

“He was in complete control of his golf ball and his emotions all weekend,” Higgins said of Champ. “He did a great job of handling the pressure that comes with being in contention and I think that’s going to do nothing but help him as the season progresses, especially at the end of the year when we’re playing at the SEC Tournament and NCAA Championship.”

Chandler Phillips (69- 73-73=215, +5), meanwhile, notched the second consecutive top-20 showing to start his sophomore season in Aggieland by earning a share of 17th place. The Huntsville, Texas, native placed second at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate earlier this month.

Freshman Viraj Madappa (72-75-73=220, +10) carded a 33rd-place showing while junior Kavan Eubank (74-76-74=224, +14) and sophomore Max Miller (79-76-76=231, +21) rounded out the Texas A&M lineup in ties for 45th and 66th place, respectively.

“I’m proud of the guys overall,” Higgins added. “We really only had one flaw this weekend and that was our finishing holes in all three rounds. It’s something we’re going to have to fix and do a better job of handling the stress that comes with finishing rounds off.”

The individual win marks the second consecutive event the Aggies have placed a golfer atop the player leaderboard as Eubank picked up the victory at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate.

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Aggie Football moves up seven spots to No. 10 in New AP Poll

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Alabama (50)
Record: 3-0
PV Rank

1

Points

1,510

2
Record: 3-0
3
1,442
3
Record: 3-0
10
1,406
4
Record: 3-0
4
1,277
5
Record: 3-0
5
1,258
6
Record: 3-0
6
1,245
7
Record: 2-0
7
1,195
8
Record: 2-0
12
1,084
9
Record: 3-0
8
1,040
10
Record: 3-0
17
890
11
Record: 3-0
9
828
12
Record: 3-0
16
726
13
Record: 2-1
2
722
14
Record: 3-0
15
707
15
Record: 3-0
25
565
16
Record: 3-0
21
529
17
Record: 3-0
24
528
18
Record: 2-1
20
517
19
Record: 3-0
23
479
20
Record: 3-0
420
21
Record: 2-1
11
196
22
Record: 3-0
183
23
Record: 1-2
19
172
24
Record: 3-0
154
25
Record: 1-2
14
139

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No. 17 Aggies Open SEC Play with Win at Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Trevor Knight passed for 247 yards and Daniel LaCamera kicked five field goals to lead No. 17 Texas A&M to a 29-16 victory over Auburn Saturday night and get off to a good start in the competitive Southeastern Conference’s Western Division.

”It was a question mark game for our team since we came into the season not being picked very high,” Knight said. ”There were all kinds of questions about who we were going to be and what our identity would be. We came on the road to a team that I think has one of the better defenses in the country.

”We played very well, and it was a big win for us.”

Knight also ran for 42 yards and several first downs for the Aggies (3-0, 1-0 SEC), who are off to another fast start. Myles Garrett had two sacks and Texas A&M’s defense harassed quarterback Sean White enough to minimize big-play chances for Auburn (1-2, 0-1).

Texas A&M kept its hopes of a higher division finish firmly intact with a 478-yard offensive performance. FreshmanTrayveon Williams weaved through Auburn defenders for an icing-on-the-cake 89-yard touchdown run with 6:52 left and gained 127 yards on eight carries.

The Aggies are 3-0 for the third straight year, a run they haven’t had since 1939-41.

Knight kept the Aggies moving even if though they struggled to find the end zone. He completed 20 of 40 passes but led one 92-yard drive in the first half and another march for three points in the fourth quarter.

Auburn couldn’t cash in on defensive stops with any points in the third quarter.

”I really thought the third quarter was probably the key to the game,” Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said. ”It was a dogfight, and then in the third quarter I thought our defense played very good, gave the offense a lot of opportunities, and the offense just couldn’t seize the moment.”

Auburn drove deep into Texas A&M territory with runs by speedy backup quarterback John Franklin III and hard running Kamryn Pettway. Then Daeshon Hall stuffed Franklin behind the line on fourth down from the 12. Williams put it away with his sprint to the end zone, though Franklin did lead an Auburn scoring drive in the final minutes.

”I wasn’t happy with how we finished the game,” Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said. ”To really kind of let down on defense and give up the score and then not close out things the way we needed to in the final 5-6-7 minutes. We’ve got to improve there.”

Knight gave Texas A&M a 16-7 first-half lead with the long second-quarter drive. He completed all four attempts for 86 yards, including a dead-on 51-yard strike to Josh Reynolds. That set up Reynold’s 5-yard touchdown catch.

LaCamera had kicks of 46, 35, 31, 37 and 26 yards.

 

Head Coach Kevin Sumlin

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Defensive End Myles Garrett

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Quarterback Trevor Knight

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Offensive Lineman Avery Gennesy

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No. 16 Texas A&M Falls to No. 2 Texas, 2-0

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas A&M saw its four-match win streak come to an end as the 16th-ranked Aggies fell to No. 2 Texas, 25-21, 25-18, 25-21, tonight at Gregory Gym. It was the first regular-season match-up between the former longtime conference rivals since Texas A&M left the Big 12 Conference to join the Southeastern Conference in 2012.

There were eight ties to begin the opening set before Aggie freshman outside hitter Hollann Hans tipped the ball in for a kill to give Texas A&M its first lead, 9-8. The Aggies later built their largest lead at 14-11 following a kill by junior outside hitter Kiara McGee before Texas went on a 4-0 run to regain the lead, 15-14. A&M managed to tie the score three more times, the last coming at 18-18 on an Ashlie Reasor kill. The Aggies, who were outhit .310 to .222 in the set, then committed four errors during a 5-1 Texas run that gave the Longhorns their largest lead, 23-19, forcing A&M to call a timeout. Hans put down her fourth kill of the frame following the timeout, but Texas’ Paulina Prieto Cerame countered with her seventh kill to put the Longhorns at set point. Senior middle blocker Jazzmin Babers kept the Aggies alive with a kill off the block, but A&M’s next attack fell wide to end the set, 25-21.

The Aggies spotted Texas a 7-1 lead to begin the second set and were unable to make up the difference. Texas, which outhit A&M .406 to .171 in the set, went on to build a 13-5 lead. The Aggies used a 4-0 run to get within 13-9 but could get no closer.

Babers later had a kill down the line to put A&M within 19-14, but Texas reeled off five unanswered points to be serving for the set, 24-14. McGee’s off-speed shot fell in for a kill on the ensuing play, and sophomore middle blocker Kaitlyn Blake and junior setter Stephanie Aiple teamed for a smothering block to extend the set. Blake then put down a punishing kill set up by a Texas overpass, and junior libero Amy Nettles continued the scoring run with an ace to put the Aggies within 24-18, forcing Texas to call a timeout. Texas’ Morgan Johnson then got a kill coming out the timeout to close out the set and give the Longhorns a 2-0 lead in the match.

Texas held a slim 7-5 advantage in the third set before McGee had three kills during a 5-0 run that put A&M up, 10-7 in the third set. Texas called a timeout and then scored four unanswered points upon return to action to regain the lead, 11-10. A&M tied the score at 11- and 12-all before the Aggies committed several miscues during a 5-0 Texas rally. The Aggies fought back and managed to tie the score at 18 as Hans, who led the Aggies with a personal-best 14 digs, put down her team-leading 10th kill, giving the rookie her first career double-double.

Texas, which outhit A&M, .206 to .152 in the set, regrouped following a timeout and ripped off six consecutive points to be serving for the match, 24-18. The Longhorns’ attack at match point sailed long, and Hans registered her second ace to put A&M within 24-21. Babers and Aiple continued the scoring for the Aggies, teaming for a block, before A&M served into the net to end the match.

The Aggies fall to 6-4 on the season after being held to a .179 hitting efficiency and being outblocked, 8-4.

Texas hit .305 for the match, a season high by an A&M opponent, to win its 20th consecutive home match and improve to 8-1 on the season. Prieto Cerame led the Longhorns with 16 kills.

After playing its first 10 matches away from home, Texas A&M makes its Reed Arena season debut on Friday as the Aggies play host to No. 6 Wisconsin. First serve against the Badgers is at 4 p.m., and the match will be broadcast on SEC +, available on WatchESPN.com. The match is the final pre-conference match for the defending SEC-champion Aggies, who open league play at Alabama on Friday Sept. 23.

It will be Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day against the Badgers, and all Texas A&M Faculty/Staff can purchase discounted tickets starting at only $3. Purchase below at 12thManFoundation.com and using the promo code Thankyou.

BE Ready. Be Clear. Be Fast: Texas A&M Athletics is committed to providing the 12th Man with the safest environment possible at its athletic venues. Be prepared on match day by reviewing the 12-1-1 Gig ‘Em Rule. Visit www.12thman.com/beclear for all information regarding the clear bag policy, which is in effect at ALL Texas A&M Athletics home events.

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Texas A&M Head Coach Laurie Corbelli quotes:

On the difference in the match…
“It really wasn’t one of our best nights. It wasn’t horrible. Texas really elevated their game a lot with their attacking. There were some shots that you can tell they have really been working on and made it really difficult for us to defend.

“I was really proud of Hollann Hans. She had composure. She was focused. Nothing shakes her up at all. She’s going to have an awesome career here. It is really fun to see. I thought for the most part our team was able to get our attack going in brief spurts. Once we get in a few rotations where we would struggle, that’s where we would lose one or two points in a row, which really hurts your momentum.”

On the upcoming home opener on Friday…
“I can’t wait to get to Reed Arena. We have a great Wisconsin team coming in. We are going to learn from this match. This was not an easy match to play. I have been to this gym 23 years and I have never heard it this loud and difficult to play in. To get home and have a chance to be in front of the 12th Man and have that crowd be on our side is going to be really special. We are looking to turn things around on Friday.”

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Altuve and Bregman injured, but Astros beat Rangers 8-4

HOUSTON (AP) _ Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman both left with injuries, but George Springer and Teoscar Hernandez homered, helping the Houston Astros keep their fading playoff hopes alive with an 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Houston snapped a three-game losing streak and closed within 3 1/2 games of Toronto for the second AL wild card.

Hernandez gave the Astros a 3-1 lead with a two-run homer off the facade in left-center in the second. Springer led off the first with his 27th home run to tie it at 1.

The Astros got just their fourth win in 19 games against the Rangers this season.

Houston’s Joe Musgrove (3-4) allowed three runs and five hits with seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

Derek Holland (7-8) allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

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My Aggie Nation Podcast (Guests: Sam Butler & Erin Hartigan) – September 14th

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On this week’s edition of the My Aggie Nation Podcast, My Aggie Nation’s Travis L. Brown and 1620 WTAW’s Zach Taylor preview Saturday’s Auburn-Texas A&M game with the Auburn Plainsman’s Sam Butler. We listen to the best of Noel Mazzone’s jokes and Fox Sports Southwest’s very own Erin Hartigan serves as our guest picker.

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SEC Releases 2017 Football Schedule

Texas A&M’s 2017 football schedule was revealed by the Southeastern Conference Tuesday evening, one that sees the Aggies make road trips to UCLA, Florida and LSU and host Alabama and Auburn, among others.

A&M will play seven home games at Kyle Field, beginning with the home opener on Sept. 9 against Nicholls State. Other home dates include Louisiana-Lafayette (Sept. 16), South Carolina (Sept. 30), Alabama (Oct. 7), Mississippi State (Oct. 28), Auburn (Nov. 4) and New Mexico (Nov. 11).

The Aggies begin on the road at the Rose Bowl vs the Bruins on Sept. 2, make the annual trek to Arlington to open SEC play with Arkansas (Sept. 23) and visit Florida for the first time since 1962 on Oct. 14. A&M will conclude the regular season with road games at Ole Miss (Nov. 18) and LSU (Nov. 25).

The SEC Championship game is slated for Saturday, Dec. 2 at the brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

2017 Texas A&M Football Schedule
Sept. 2             at UCLA
Sept. 9             NICHOLLS STATE
Sept. 16           LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
Sept. 23           vs. Arkansas (Arlington)
Sept. 30           SOUTH CAROLINA
Oct. 7              ALABAMA
Oct. 14            at Florida
Oct. 21            Open date
Oct. 28            MISSISSIPPI STATE
Nov. 4              AUBURN
Nov. 11            NEW MEXICO
Nov. 18            at Ole Miss
Nov. 25            at LSU

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