Neither team seemed to be able to get anything going early, with the first six drives leading to only a missed field goal by South Carolina.
The Aggies finally got things rolling towards the end of the first quarter, going on a 10-play drive that ended with a Trayveon Williams 1-yard TD run.
South Carolina answered right back, though, moving right down the field in five plays, with Bentley connecting with Smith for a 45-yard TD.
The Aggies went three and out on their next possession, which was followed up by a six-play drive for South Carolina, ending with a 29-yard field goal to give the Gamecocks a lead they would hold until late in the game.
Texas A&M failed to do anything with their opening drive in the second half, but South Carolina had yet another nice drive, finishing it off with a 13-yard TD pass from Bentley to Smith.
After scoring a field goal late in the third quarter, the Aggies defense tightened up and got the ball right back for the offense to start the fourth quarter.
Kellen Mond and Trayveon Williams provided all the offense on the ensuing drive, with Mond scoring from seven yards out to tie the game.
The Aggies defense once again shut down South Carolina, and the Aggies walked right back down the field in just over two minutes to take a 24-17 lead that would hold for the rest of the game.
The defense for the Aggies was clearly the star of the game and Coach Sumlin called them out afterwards for doing such a great job.
Sumlin stated, “I thought our defense played the run pretty well. We gave up some big plays, but these guys just kept playing. They have been giving a great effort all year.”
He also congratulated the fans for hanging tough and giving the team a boost when they needed it most, stating, “Our crowd was fabulous tonight. It really was the home of the 12th man and I think it made the difference.”
Big 12 Scores:
Texas beat Iowa State on Thursday night, 17-7
Texas Tech lost a shootout to Oklahoma State, 41-34
Baylor stays winless, losing to Kansas State, 33-20
Other Notable Texas Games:
Houston beat Temple on the road, 20-13
Rice was blown out by Pittsburgh, 42-10
UTEP remains winless, losing to Army, 35-21
Texas State lost to Wyoming, 45-10
SMU crushed Connecticut, 49-28
North Texas beat Southern Miss 43-28