On Saturday, the Florida Gators were presented with the tough task of facing the Texas A&M Aggies on the road at Kyle Field. In Texas A&M's first game as a member of the SEC, the Gators were able to spoil the party, as they won 20-17.
For the majority of the game the Gators trailed the Aggies, as A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel picked apart the Gators defense in the first half, giving his team a 17-10 lead at halftime. But the Gators finally settled in during the second half and were able to pull off the comeback.
The win on the road could not have happened without key performances by players on offense, defense and special teams.
Here are some of the top performers for the Gators from yesterday's game:
Despite struggling all game long with constant pressure from the Aggies defense, sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel had an impressive game. Entering the game with little experience as a starter, Driskel noticeably matured throughout the contest, making better decisions as the game progressed.
He had only three incompletions, as he went 13-of-16 for 162 yards. Driskel's performance gives promise to the Gators offense, as he showed that he has the capability of carrying the load for the whole season.
Senior kicker Caleb Sturgis was the unsung hero of yesterday's game, as he hit two key field goals.
His most important kick came with less than two minutes left in the first half, as he hit a 51-yard field goal to cut the A&M lead to 17-10. That kick made it a one-possession game going into halftime, which gave the Gators momentum to pull off the comeback in the second half.
Several defensive players had impressive games, but senior linebacker Lerentee McCray may have had the biggest impact on Saturday. In the second half, he helped contain Manziel on running plays and put consistent pressure on him.
McCray' biggest play came at the beginning of the fourth quarter when he sacked Manziel for a four-yard loss on third down. That play helped set the tone for the rest of the game for the Gators, as the Aggies offense failed the score in the final quarter.