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Gillislee leads No. 24 Gators past Aggies

7:23 PM, Sep 8, 2012   |    comments
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College Station, TX (Sports Network) - Running back Mike Gillislee led the (24) Florida Gators to a 20-17 victory over Texas A&M, scoring both of Florida's touchdowns and spoiling the Aggies' season opener at Kyle Field.

Gillislee scored on a four-yard touchdown run on the Gators' first drive of the game to give them an early 7-3 lead. Trailing the Aggies 17-13 in the beginning of the fourth quarter, the senior running back for Florida powered his way across the goal line on a 12-yard carry to give the Gators the lead. He finished with 83 yards on 14 carries.

Making their first trip to Texas since 1982, Florida (2-0, 1-0) dominated the time of possession in the second half, 20:06 to 9:54. Saturday's matchup was the first in-conference game between Florida and Texas A&M, as the Aggies officially became a member of the SEC after 16 seasons as an affiliate of the Big 12.

The Aggies (0-1, 0-1) led the Gators 17-7 at the end of the first half, but failed to score in the third and fourth quarters, starting the Kevin Sumlin head coaching era off in losing fashion.

Redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel became the first quarterback since 1944 to open the regular season as the signal caller for Texas A&M and played very well. He completed 23-of-30 of his passes, throwing for 173 yards and rushing for another 60 on 17 carries and a touchdown.

Sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel overcame eight sacks from an intense Texas A&M pass rush to throw for 162 yards on 13-of-16 completions.

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