Williams, Texas A&M roll over North Carolina State in Gator Bowl

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams rushed for 236 yards and three touchdowns to lead the 21st-ranked Aggies to a 52-13 victory over the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl on Monday night at TIAA Bank Field.

A&M (9-4, 5-3 SEC) ended the season with a four-game winning streak for its best season since 2013 when it also was 9-4. North Carolina State (9-4, 5-3 ACC) was trying to reach 10 victory for only the second time in school history.

Williams, the game’s most valuable player, rushed for 236 yards on 19 carries as the Aggies rallied from a 13-7 deficit. Williams helped A&M rush for 401 yards, averaging 11.8 yards per carry.

Cullen Gillaspia, A&M’s 12th Man, capped the scoring with 13-yard run for the senior’s first touchdown.

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A&M quarterback Kellen Mond threw for 140 yards on 14-of-26 passing with a touchdown and interception. He also rushed for 85 yards on five carries, including a 62-yard touchdown.

Williams, who hasn’t decided if he’ll return for his senior season, ended the season with 1,760 yards, topping the school record of 1,692 set by Darren Lewis in 1988.

Williams carried the ball for the team’s first six plays of the second half, getting 175 yards on six carries with two touchdowns to push the lead to 35-13. A&M didn’t have the ball that much because junior linebacker Tyrel Dodson had a 78-yard interception return for a touchdown for the half’s first score.


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