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Gator Bowl Notebook: Trayveon Williams, Braden Mann, Cullen Gillaspia reach milestones

Gator Bowl Notebook: Trayveon Williams, Braden Mann, Cullen Gillaspia reach milestones

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Texas A&M vs. Arkansas football

Making his mark: Texas A&M junior running back Trayveon Williams broke several school and Gator Bowl records. His 236 rushing yards shattered the old Gator Bowl record of 216 set by Syracuse’s Floyd Little in 1966, and his 93-yard run also was the longest in the game’s history. He surpassed A&M single-season records in rushing yards (1,760) and all-purpose yards (2,038), becoming the first Aggie to reach 1,700 rushing yards and 2,000 all-purpose yards. Darren Lewis (1,692, 1990) and Cyrus Gray (1,806, 2010) held the old records.

12th Man TD: A&M senior Cullen Gillaspia’s 13-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter was the first touchdown scored by a 12th Man in school history. It was his 38th game as the 12th Man.

Down and out: A&M held the Wolfpack to 0-13 on third-down conversions. NC State entered the game converting 50.9 percent on third downs, ranking fifth in the country.

Last hurrah: Senior Deshawn Capers-Smith tied with Tyrel Dodson for a team-high nine tackles, including seven solo stops, in his final game for the Aggies.

Mann at the top: Junior punter Braden Mann broke the NCAA single-season punting mark, ending the season averaging 51.0 yards, surpassing LSU’s Chad Kessler (50.3, 1997).

Stopping the skid: The Aggies improved their all-time bowl record to 18-22 and snapped a three-game losing streak in bowl games. A&M’s last bowl win was in the 2014 Liberty Bowl against West Virginia.

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