The Aggies entered their Week 10 matchup against the Florida Gators with a glimmer of offensive optimism after freshman quarterback Conner Weigman absolutely shined in a loss against the Ole Miss Rebels last weekend, but that optimism was short-lived after word came out that the flu made its way through the Texas A&M locker room throughout the week, leaving the team without six players and 3 starters, including Conner Weigman against the Gators because of it.
In a game where defense is optional with over 500 combined yards so far, the shorthanded Aggie offense led by quarterback Haynes King in his 5th start this season relied on star running back Devon Achane early and often, scampering 65 yards in the first offensive play of the game, and scoring a 5-yard touchdown a couple of plays later. King later connected with Achane for a 5-yard touchdown pass, as the Aggies took a 14-10 lead.
As I said before, defense has been optional for both teams, as the Aggies have surrendered two rushing touchdowns to quarterback Anthony Richardson from 10 yards and 60 yards out, as the latter score eventually gave the Gators a 17-14 lead, and after adding a couple of field goals from both teams, the score stood at 20-17 with nearly five minutes remaining in the second quarter.
After the Aggies finally forced their first defensive stop against the high-flying Florida offense, the (at least for today) lethal combination of Haynes King and Devon Achane led an 80-plus-yard drive as Achane yet again punched it in for a score to take the 24-20 lead heading into halftime.