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GALLERY: Taxslayer Gator Bowl

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Texas A&M enters the Taxslayer Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida where they are favored to win over North Carolina State.

19th ranked Texas A&M football defeated North Carolina State in the Taxslayer Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, FL by a score of 52-13 after NC State was held scoreless in the second half. Junior Trayveon Willaims was named the Most Valuable Player with over 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns.

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  • Head Coach Jimbo Fisher arrives to the stadium with his sons.

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  • Junior Braden Mann won the Ray Guy award for being the nation’s best punter and was named an unanimous All-American after breaking multiple NCAA records this season.

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  • Senior Yell Leader Connor Joseph leads the crowd in a pre-game yell.

    Photo by Photo by Cassie Stricker
  • The color guard waits to present the flags for the National Anthem.

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  • Junior running back Trayveon Williams stops to pet Reveille IX as he walks out onto the field.

    Photo by Photo by Cassie Stricker
  • Junior Trayveon Williams broke the single season rushing record with 1,706 yards this season after his performance in the Taxslayer Gator Bowl.

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  • Sophomore Kellen Mond scored a 62 yard rushing touchdown on the Aggie’s first possession of the game.

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  • Junior Jace Sternberger sets a block during a field goal attempt.

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  • Sophomore Justin Madubuike had two tackles for losses and one sack against NC State.

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  • NC State lead 13-7 partway through the second quarter.

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  • Junior Tyrel Dodson takes down Ryan Finley of NC State.

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  • Sophomore Kellen Mond threw for 140 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown in the Taxslayer Gator Bowl against NC State.

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  • Freshman Jhamon Ausbon hauled in four receptions for 25 yards against NC State.

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  • Head Coach Jimbo Fisher motivates the offensive lineman after a successful possession.

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  • NC State held Texas A&M to 21 points in the first half.

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  • Sophomore Kendrick Rogers breaks away from an NC State defender on one of his six receptions.

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  • The Taxslayer Gator Bowl had an attendance of 38,206.

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  • Freshman Leon O’Neal Jr. returns an interception.

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  • Sophomore Justin Madubuike celebrates his only sack of the game.

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  • Ryan Finley scrambles away from the Texas A&M pass rushers.

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  • Ricky Persons of NC State was held to 47 yards rushing in the Taxslayer Gator Bowl.

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  • Sophomore Kellen Mond reads the NC State defense during a play.

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  • Junior Yell Leader Karsten Lowe leads the Aggie crowd in a yell at the Taxslayer Gator Bowl.

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  • Head Coach Jimbo Fisher lead the Aggies to a nine-win season and a bowl game win in his first year at Texas A&M.

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  • Junior Colton Prater calls out a coverage against NC State.

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  • NC State’s Ryan Finley threw for 139 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions against Texas A&M.

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  • Senior Kwame Etwi averaged 6.3 yards per carry against NC State.

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  • Senior 12th Man Cullen Gillaspia had three carries against NC State.

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  • NC State safeties Tim Kidd-Glass and Tyler Baker-Williams celebrate after a play.

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  • Texas A&M players wore the number 41 on their helmets in honor of 41st President George H.W. Bush, who passed away on Nov. 30.

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  • Offensive line coach Jim Turner has coached at all levels of football during his career of more than 20 seasons.

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  • Sophomore quarterback Kellen Mond hands the ball off to junior running back Trayveon Williams.

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  • Sophomore quarterback Kellen Mond threw 14 completions for 140 yards and one touchdown.

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  • Sophomore wide receiver Kendrick Rogers made one touchdown.

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  • Junior Braden Mann averaged 61.6 yards per kick off.

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  • Freshman defensive back Leon O’Neal Jr. made a 25-yard return off of an interception.

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  • A fan holds two foam fingers in the shape of the “horns down” sign.

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  • Senior defensive back Deshawn Capers-Smith tries to stop NC State wide receiver Emeka Emezie.

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  • Junior running back Trayveon Williams rushed for 236 yards in 19 carries and scored three touchdowns.

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  • Junior running back Trayveon Williams celebrates after scoring a touchdown.

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  • Sophomore defensive back Derrick Tucker made four solo tackles.

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  • Freshman running back Jashaun Corbin rushed for 41 yards in four carries.

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  • Sophomore linebacker Buddy Johnson celebrates after making a tackle.

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  • Redshirt senior fullback Cullen Gillaspia rushed for 13 yards for a touchdown at the end of the fourth quarter.

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  • Redshirt senior fullback Cullen Gillaspia scored his first career touchdown on the last play of his college career.

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  • Redshirt senior fullback Cullen Gillaspia is the only 12th Man in A&M history to score a touchdown.

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  • Austin Frey, Nick Starkel and Andrew Boykin run over to congratulate redshirt senior fullback Cullen Gillaspia.

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  • Teammates run over to celebrate with redshirt senior fullback Cullen Gillaspia after he scored his first career touchdown.

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  • Junior Trayveon Williams was named MVP with 236 yards and three touchdowns against NC State in the Taxslayer Gator Bowl.

    Photo by Photo by Jesse Everett
  • Head Coach of Texas A&M Jimbo Fisher smiles after winning the Taxslayer Gator Bowl against NC State by a score of 52-13.

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  • The Aggie players had a chance to hold and pose with the Taxslayer Gator Bowl trophy.

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  • Sophomore Nick Starkle celebrates the Aggie victory with fans as he leaves the stadium.

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  • A&M players pose for a photo after the game.

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  • Freshman Grayson Reed and senior Erik McCoy celebrate.

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  • Freshman wide receiver Reese Mason celebrates as he walks off of the field.

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