'Canes throttle Aggies 34-17
MIAMI - A couple of late scores couldn't pull Dennis Franchione's Texas A&M Aggies out of the hole they dug themselves in the first half, falling to a resurgent Miami Hurricanes 34-17.
An offensive explosion, uncharacteristic of the 'Canes (3-1), helped them control the game, as A&M (3-1) never really got out of the gate, falling behind 24-0 at the half.
"That was a big victory for us," said Miami Head Coach Randy Shannon. "It was an opportunity to bounce back from earlier this season and play a good opponent in Texas A&M."
The Aggies, known as an offensive team, were outgained 402-240 in total yards, and most of that came late in the second half. A&M had only 38 yards of offense at the half.
"Kyle did a good job giving us the best opportunity to win, but it was a team effort," Shannon said.
The lack of performance by the Aggies was exacerbated by the sparkling performance of Miami's offense, that 420 yard output falling just short of the season high, 429 against Florida International.
Ultimately, the stats tell the story, the story of a game that many thought to be a blowout, but not in the way it wound up going. Miami gets the signature win they've been waiting two years for, and Texas A&M gets more questions about exactly what kind of program they are.
"We just got beat," said Franchione. "Got beat by a better team."
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Kyle Wright - It'll be a new feeling for Wright, receiving accolades rather than criticism. But going 21-of-26 for 275 yards and two touchdowns will usually lead to a victory. His passes were sharp, and while some of his deep balls were underthrown, they connected, and it led the team to victory. Normally I would be harsh on the fumble caused by Wright's careless ballhandling, but the guy had a pretty good day, so I'll lay off...this time.
PLAY OF THE GAME:
The fumbled kickoff return by Cody Wallace near the end of the first half. A squib kick by Miami, just trying to kill the clock, the offensive lineman returned the kick, and promptly coughed it up. While it only led to a Francesco Zampogna field goal, it was totally representative of A&M's ineptitude.
Miami (3-1) gets nine days off before hosting Duke (1-2), who just won their first game in over two years last weekend over Northwestern. Likely not heavy lifting, their first conference win if everything goes as planned.
Texas A&M (3-1) will welcome Baylor (2-1) to Kyle Field next Saturday, looking to improve their record and start their conference schedule on the right foot.