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Allen, Bertolet lead Texas A&M past Vanderbilt 25-0

2500 days ago
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Taylor Bertolet tied Southeastern Conference and school records by making six field goals, and Kyle Allen passed for 336 yards and one touchdown, leading Texas A&M to 25-0 a win over Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

Bertolet kicked field goals of 31, 25, 46, 46, 41 and 23 yards. Texas A&M's Alan Smith kicked six field goals in a 1983 win over Arkansas State.

Allen made his first start since a 23-3 loss to Mississippi on Oct. 24. He won the starting job back in practice after freshman Kyler Murray started the previous three games, but threw a total of five interceptions against Western Carolina and Auburn.

Allen, who completed 18 of 36 passes, started the first seven games of the season.

Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3 SEC West) held Vanderbilt (4-7, 2-5 SEC East) to a season-low 148 total yards and 23 passing yards.

Teams from Texas shut out Vanderbilt 59-0 this season, including Houston's 34-0 win over the Commodores on Halloween.

Ralph Webb led the Commodores with 79 rushing yards on 25 carries, giving the sophomore 1,003 yards on the ground this season.

Bertolet made a 31-yard field goal on the first drive of the game.

Sam Moeller blocked Tommy Openshaw's punt and it was recovered by Devonta Burns at the Vanderbilt 13-yard line, setting up the Aggies' next score.

Four plays later, Bertolet's 25-yard field goal gave Texas A&M a 6-0 lead with 2:32 left in the first quarter.

Josh Reynolds got behind Vanderbilt's Torren McGaster on a fly route down the right sideline on third-and-9 for a 95-yard touchdown pass from Allen, increasing the Aggies' lead to 13-0 with 2:11 left in the first half.

That tied for the second longest TD pass in Texas A&M history. Johnny Manziel threw a 95-yard strike to Mike Evans against Alabama in 2013.

De'Vante Harris gave Texas A&M a good scoring opportunity 13 seconds later when he intercepted a Kyle Shurmur pass deep in Vanderbilt territory, but Bertolet's 35-yard field goal attempt went wide left.

Bertolet got another chance on the final play of the half when he hit a 46-yard field goal, giving the Aggies a 16-0 lead. He added three second-half field goals to cap the scoring.