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  Devon Achane had a career-best 215 yards rushing with two touchdowns, and Texas A&M stunned No. 6 LSU 38-23 on Saturday night, all but certainly knocking the Tigers out of contention for the College Football Playoff. Conner Weigman threw two TD passes for the Aggies (5-7, 2-6 Southeastern Conference) and Demani Richardson returned a fumble for a score. The game was tied at 17-all in the third quarter before A&M scored 21 straight points. LSU (9-3, 6-2, No. 5 CFP) had already secured a spot in next week's SEC title game against unbeaten No. 1 Georgia, and a win there could have put the Tigers in the playoff. But with three losses, even beating the Bulldogs likely won't be enough. The Aggies, who opened the season ranked No. 6 but won't qualify for a bowl game for the first time since 2008, had a strong finish to their disappointing season. They won consecutive games for the first time since September after snapping a six-game skid with a victory over UMass last week. Achane ran for 119 yards and a score before halftime to help A&M to a 17-10 lead.

LSU opened the second half with a nine-play, 71-yard drive, capped by a 19-yard run by John Emery Jr. to tie it at 17-17. But Edgerrin Cooper hit Jayden Daniels and forced him to fumble on LSU's next drive. Richardson scooped it up and dashed 37 yards for his second touchdown this season to put A&M on top 24-17 with about seven minutes left in the third quarter. The Aggies extended the lead to 31-17 on the first play of the fourth quarter when Moose Muhammad reeled in a 21-yard TD catch with one hand. A 10-yard run by Achane, who returned after missing two games with a foot injury, made it 38-17 with about eight minutes to go. A rowdy crowd of more than 93,000 fans packed Kyle Field and some began to rush the field with about 17 seconds left, causing a delay. It was a stark difference from last week, when most of the crowd emptied out after halftime on a wet and cold day. Those fans and several thousand more poured onto the field when time expired. - Texas A&M/AP College Football


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  Conner Weigman threw for 191 yards and a touchdown and Texas A&M overcame a sloppy and mistake-filled performance to snap a six-game skid with a 20-3 win over UMass Saturday. Texas A&M (4-7) entered the game as 33 1/2 point favorites against the Minutemen, who have won just one game this season. But the Aggies lost four fumbles and struggled to move the ball while playing without top running back Devon Achane and leading receiver Evan Stewart on a soggy and cold day. Weigman threw a touchdown pass in the second quarter to put A&M on top. The Aggies didn't get in the end zone again until Le'Veon Moss scampered 12 yards for a touchdown with about five minutes remaining to stretch the lead to 20-3.

The school announced a paid attendance of more than 90,000, but the crowd in the cavernous stadium looked sparse from the start and morphed into a ghost town by the third quarter as light rain steadily fell. It was a far cry from the atmosphere when the Aggies opened the season ranked No. 6 in the country with designs on competing for a national title. They've not only tumbled out of the poll since then but won't even make a bowl game this season, raising questions about the $75 million contract of coach Jimbo Fisher. Saturday's win is A&M's first since Sept. 24 to end the school's longest losing streak since 1972. It came as the Aggies took a break from the rigors of SEC play for a matchup with UMass (1-10), which is an independent team. Texas A&M will end this dreadful season next weekend with a visit from sixth-ranked LSU. - Texas A&M/AP College Football


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  Texas A&M head football coach Jimbo Fisher declined comment on the reported suspensions of three true freshmen during Wednesday's weekly Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference. According to multiple reports, defensive back Denver Harris, wide receiver Chris Marshall and offensive lineman PJ Williams were suspended indefinitely earlier this week. "We're not speaking on that right now," Fisher said. "We keep everything we do in-house and our own deals and what's going on inside, we keep it internal."

The suspensions, first reported by TexAgs.com's Billy Liucci, would be the second of the season for Harris and Marshall. They along with freshmen wide receiver Evan Stewart and defensive back Smoke Bouie were suspended prior to the Miami game. Following that game, Fisher said the suspensions were due to a violation of team rules. "It was [disappointing]... I know that we'll move on and we'll handle it the way we need to handle it," Fisher said after the 17-9 victory on Sept. 17. Marshall has 11 receptions for 108 yards in three starts this season. Harris has 14 tackles in five games and Williams saw action in the Aggies' win over Sam Houston to open the season. - Bryan/College Station Eagle


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  There appears to be some clarity on who'll be the Texas A&M quarterback Saturday night at Alabama. Starter Max Johnson could miss the rest of the season after breaking his hand last week at Mississippi State, Ian Fitzsimmons of ESPN Radio was first to report Thursday. The news was later confirmed by Brett McMurphy of The Action Network. Johnson, a transfer from LSU, started the last three games and completed 60.6% of his 71 passes for three touchdowns with no interceptions. That opens the door for Haynes King, the starter to open the season who was benched after the Aggies loss to Appalachian State. King is 39-for-64 passing for 510 yards and three touchdowns but has thrown four interceptions. King was the starter to open the 2021 season but was injured before Zach Calzada came off the bench to beat Alabama, 41-38. Calzada has since transferred to Auburn. - Birmingham News

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  SEPT 26 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Antonio Johnson, DB, Texas A&M ,...Antonio Johnson tallied 13 stops on the day against Arkansas to lead the Texas A&M defense...Played nickel, safety, cornerback as well as even some linebacker plays...Johnson was all over the field and made the stop in the second quarter right before the Arkansas fumble was returned for an Aggie touchdown. - SEC Football

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  Devon Achane rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown, Demani Richardson sprinted the final 82 yards on a wild fumble return for another score and No. 23 Texas A&M beat 10th-ranked Arkansas 23-21 on Saturday night. The Razorbacks (3-1, 1-1 SEC) had a chance to take the lead with 1:30 remaining, but Cam Little's 42-yard field goal attempt from the left hashmark hit near the top of the right upright - and fluttered to the ground in the end zone no good. That drive came right after the Aggies had missed a longer field goal attempt. Texas A&M (3-1, 1-0) has back-to-back wins over ranked teams since that embarrassing 17-14 home loss to Appalachian State two weeks ago.

The conference opener for the Aggies came a week after a 17-9 win over then-No. 13 Miami, which then dropped 12 spots and now will be unranked after a 45-13 loss at home against Middle Tennessee State earlier Saturday. Arkansas led 14-0 after TD passes by KJ Jefferson on consecutive drives in the first quarter. He first threw a screen that Ketron Jackson turned into a 32-yard score before finding Warren Thompson wide open behind the secondary for a 56-yarder. But after the Razorbacks responded to Max Johnson's 10-yard TD pass to Evan Stewart by driving 72 yards in 11 plays to the 3, Jefferson for some reason tried to leap over the blocking linemen at the 3. - Texas A&M/AP College Football


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  SEPT 19 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nik Constantinou, P/H, Texas A&M ,...Constantinou had six punts on the night and three of the kicks were downed inside the Miami 10-yard line...One was killed at the one, another at the eight and one at the nine-yard line...He averaged 44.3 per punt and the Hurricanes tried to return two of the punts for a negative three yards. - SEC Football

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  Looking for a way to get his team back on track after an upset last week, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher benched quarterback Haynes King for Max Johnson, and the LSU transfer came through to help the Aggies down the Miami on Saturday night. Johnson threw for 140 yards and a touchdown in his first start for No. 24 Texas A&M and the Aggies beat No. 13 Miami 17-9. Johnson replaced King after his subpar performance in Texas A&M's stunning loss to Appalachian State last week. "We've still got to get a heck of a lot better on offense," Fisher said. "But I thought that was what was best for us to win the game and that's what we did." Fisher was asked if the victory Saturday could be a boost to his team as it opens SEC play next week. "It was a shot we needed," he said. "We didn't need another shot the other way." Miami (2-1) was down by 8 and had to punt after two holding calls stalled a drive with about three minutes left.

The Hurricanes had a shot to get the ball back when Ainias Smith fumbled the punt on the 12. But he pounced on the ball before Miami could get to it to allow A&M to keep the ball. The Hurricanes got the ball back again after that, but Brashard Smith dropped a pass on fourth-and-4 with about 30 seconds left to allow the Aggies (2-1) to run out the clock for the victory. "We showed a lot of guts, a lot of heart," Fisher said, adding blocking out the outside noise was the key to being able to rebound this week. Dropped passes were a theme of the night for Miami as the team struggled without star receiver Xavier Restrepo, who missed the game with a foot injury. Tyler Van Dyke had 217 yards passing, but couldn't get the Hurricanes in the end zone. Devon Achane had 88 yards rushing and extended the lead to 17-3 with about 10 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter when he grabbed a short pass and shed four defenders en route to a 25-yard score. A 22-yard field goal by Andres Borregales cut the lead to 17-6 with about four minutes left in the third quarter. Borregales got Miami within 8 with a 34-yard field goal with 8 1/2 minutes to play. - Texas A&M/AP College Football


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  Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher is open to changing quarterbacks and the play-caller if it will jump-start the offense. The 24th-ranked Aggies have one of the country's worst offenses after two games. A&M ranks 100th in scoring (22.5 points per game), 101st in total offense (341.5 yards per game) and 114th in rushing (99.5 ypg). Sophomore quarterback Haynes King threw a pair of interceptions in a 31-0 victory over Sam Houston State. He was ineffective in last week's 17-14 loss to Appalachian State, completing 13 of 20 for 97 yards with no touchdown and no interceptions. He was sacked twice. "We possibly could [make a change]," Fisher said. "We'll evaluate everything this week. We'll evaluate every position this week." That includes Fisher relinquishing his play-calling duties. - Bryan/College Station Eagle

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  Haynes King threw for a career-high 364 yards and three long touchdowns to lead No. 6 Texas A&M to a 31-0 win over Sam Houston Saturday in a game that included an almost three-hour weather delay. "We've got a long way to go," Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We've got to get a lot better... just got to keep developing in the things we do." King, who was named the starter last week after beating out two others in camp, threw touchdown passes of 66, 63 and 43 yards in the opener for both teams.

King also threw two interceptions in an inconsistent performance in his return after breaking his leg in the second game last season. Ainias Smith had six receptions for a career-high 164 yards with two touchdowns and Devon Achane ran for a score to help Texas A&M to the victory. "On the defensive side, I felt like they played well," Smith said. "Sticking to the offensive side, we need to go ahead and execute a whole lot better.” The Aggies were up 17-0 at halftime when the game was suspended due to lightning in the area at 1 p.m. Neither team returned to the field after halftime and a message was posted on the video boards telling fans that the game was suspended and to seek shelter. - Texas A&M/AP College Football


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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: AP & RS - Ainias Smith, Texas A&M,...Smith has been one of the most versatile players on the A&M roster since his arrival in Aggieland and was recognized for it by the league's coaches as he was named to the first team as an all-purpose player and return specialist, and the third team as a wide receiver. He ranked as one of the best punt returns in the country and was atop the A&M receiving corps as a junior, which led to him being named to the second team as a return specialist and third team as a wide receiver and all-purpose player by the league's media. - Texas A&M Football

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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: OL - Layden Robinson, Texas A&M,...Robinson, from Manvel, Texas, started all 10 of his appearances last season at right guard, clearing the way for one of the top running back tandems in the nation. The 6-4, 330-pound offensive lineman was named to the All-SEC Second Team by the Associated Press following a successful sophomore season. As a freshman in 2020, Robinson was a key reserve on one of the best offensive lines the SEC has seen over the previous 10 seasons. - Texas A&M Football

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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM: DL - McKinnley Jackson, Texas A&M,...Jackson earned second team accolades for his work on the defensive line. The Lucedale, Mississippi, native played in 10 games last season, making four starts at defensive tackle. Battling through injury in 2021, Jackson is among the top 10 returning tacklers for the Aggies this season. Jackson has also earned recognition this offseason from the SEC's football media, being named to the Preseason All-SEC Third Team as a defensive lineman. - Texas A&M Football

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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: P - Nik Constantinou, Texas A&M,...Constantinou is entering his third year as the Aggies' primary punter, having appeared in all 22 games through his first two seasons. The Melbourne, Australia, native led the SEC and ranked in the top 10 nationally, averaging 46.61 yards per punt as a sophomore. Constantinou, who has previously been named to the Preseason All-SEC First Team and Ray Guy Award Watch List, sent 19 punts 50-plus yards and landed 22 inside the 20 a year ago. - Texas A&M Football

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  2022 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM: DB - Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M,...Johnson is coming off an impressive sophomore campaign that saw him earn a starting role at nickel and serve as one of the Aggies' elite tacklers. The East St. Louis, Illinois, native tallied 79 tackles in 2021, good for second on the team. He ranked in the top-11 in the SEC and led A&M with 53 solo takedowns in his second season in Aggieland, also adding five pass breakups and 8.5 tackles for loss. Already this preseason, Johnson has earned AP, Walter Camp and Sporting News First Team Preseason All-America honors. - Texas A&M Football

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