Texas A&M vs. Miami score, takeaways: No. 24 Aggies outlast No. 13 Canes for crucial bounce-back win

No. 24 Texas A&M outlasted No. 13 Miami on Saturday night in a sloppy but hard-fought game in front of the 12th Man at Kyle Field. The Aggies scored just seven points in the second half on the way to a 17-9 win as the Hurricanes settled for three field goals after being unable to find the end zone on multiple occasions. In doing so, Miami dropped its eighth straight nonconference game to a Power Five opponent.

Texas A&M, needing a bounce-back victory after last week’s shocking loss to Appalachian State, was also in the midst of a quarterback switch from Haynes King to Max Johnson. The idea was to limit mistakes, and the Aggies stayed turnover-free despite a sketchy situation late in the fourth quarter when Ainias Smith bobbled a punt but wrestled it away at the bottom of a pile. That allowed Texas A&M to drain critical time off of the clock and hold on for the victory.

Devon Achane was the star of the night for the Aggies. The stud running back rushed for 88 yards on 18 carries and had a critical 25-yard touchdown touchdown catch weaving through traffic early in the third quarter to make a big statement coming out of the locker room.

A significant factor in the second half was Johnson’s ability as a runner. The LSU transfer, making his first start for Texas A&M, had 26 sack-adjusted yards rushing in the third quarter and took a ton of pressure off of Achane in the process. That loosened up a Miami’s defense enough to keep the it honest while allowing some wiggle room for the rest of Texas A&M’s offensive weapons. Johnson, who isn’t as mobile as King but is a willing runner, added enough in the passing game going 10 of 20 for 140 yards and the touchdown strike to Achane.

Special teams issues cost the Hurricanes more scoring opportunities and changed the complexity of their final drives in the fourth quarter. Texas A&M’s Albert Regis got up high on a field goal attempt by Miami’s Andres Borregales midway through the second quarter to block what would have been a 36-yard field goal to make it 10-6. That came one quarter after Canes returner Tyrique Stevenson attempted to pick up a bouncing punt only to get popped and muff it on the 28-yard line. Texas A&M moved 28 yards on three plays, and the drive culminated with a 1-yard touchdown run by LJ Johnson Jr.

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