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Texas A&M hands No. 13 UK first setback of the season, 20-14 in OT


By Keith Taylor
Kentucky Today

Kentucky will have two weeks to get over its first loss of the season.

The 13th-ranked Wildcats had a hard time finding the end zone in a 20-14 overtime loss at Texas A&M Saturday night at College Station.

Trayveon Williams scored on a 10-yard run on the Aggies’ first possession of overtime for the game-winner. Prior to the score by Williams, Miles Butler missed a 43-yard field goal attempt on the Wildcats’ first possession of the extra period.

Williams rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown, while Texas A&M signal caller threw for 226 yards and two scores as the Aggies finished with 390 yards of offense. Texas A&M was limited to 164 yards on the ground, including 70 during the first two quarters.

Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson looks for running room in a 20-14 overtime loss to the Aggies Saturday night at College Station. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor)

Kentucky managed just 178 yards of offense in the team’s lowest output of the season. The Wildcats had just 62 yards in the second half. Many of Kentucky’s drives were stalled by holding penalties. Overall the Wildcats were penalized eight times for a loss of 52 yards. Kentucky was just 2-13 on third-down conversions.

Benny Snell collected just 60 yards on 13 carries, a season-low for the standout running back. Terry Wilson threw for 108 yards and his lone touchdown pass, was an end-around toss to Lynn Bowden for a 54-yard touchdown in the first half.

The Aggies went ahead 14-7 on Kellen Mond’s 46-yard deflected pass to teammate Joe Sternberger with 10:13 remaining. Kentucky tied the score on Darius West’s 40-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown with 4:17 remaining.

West had a standout game on the defensive end, collected 10 tackles, complete with an interception and a fumble recovery Mike Edwards added nine tackles, including three for a loss.

REUNION

The contest was the first meeting between Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and Jimbo Fisher. Stoops served as Fisher’s defensive coordinator at Florida State from 2009-12. Fisher is in his first season at Texas A&M.

STREAK ENDS

The Aggies had lost their six previous games against Top 25 opponents prior to the six-point victory over the Wildcats. Texas A&M lost to top-ranked Alabama and No. 4 Clemson earlier this season.

UNBEATENS FALL

Kentucky was one of three teams that suffered their first loss of the season Saturday. LSU and Oklahoma also lost. The Tigers dropped a 27-19 loss to No. 22 Florida, while Oklahoma suffered a 48-45 loss to Texas.

SPLIT SCHEDULE

Kentucky will have an open date week Saturday and will take on Vanderbilt on Oct. 20 at Kroger Field. The Wildcats play three of their last six games on the road and the same number of contests at home.

The Wildcats host No. 2 Georgia on Nov. 3 and Middle Tennessee on Nov. 17. Kentucky is at Missouri on Oct. 27, Tennessee on Nov. 10 and closes out the regular season at Louisville on Nov. 24. The Commodores lost to Georgia Saturday night.

Keith Taylor is sports editor for Kentucky Today. Reach him at keith.taylor@kentuckytoday.com or twitter @keithtaylor21.


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