Aggies have big fourth quarter, defeat Tar Heels in 2021 Capital One Orange Bowl

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies proved that they deserved to be given a shot at the College Football Playoff. Unfortunately for the No. 13 North Carolina Tar Heels, they had to deal with the wrath of the Aggies for not being selected into the College Football Playoff.

The Aggies put on a dominant performance in the fourth quarter, which helped the team win the Capital One Orange Bowl. Texas A&M won 41-27 over the Tar Heels at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Texas A&M Aggies running back Isaiah Spiller carries the football against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2021 Capital One Orange Bowl
Isaiah Spiller carries the football against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2021 Capital One Orange Bowl (Photo by Capital One Orange Bowl/Instagram)

The College Football Playoff Committee elected to put the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in as the fourth team. The Fighting Irish were joined in the College Football Playoff by the Alabama Crimson Tide, Clemson Tigers, and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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Texas A&M scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to get the win. In the one quarter, they nearly scored as much North Carolina scored in the entire game.

With the win, the Aggies finished their season with a 9-1 record. They ended their season with an eight-game win streak.

The Tar Heels fell to 8-4 on the season. North Carolina had their two game win streak snapped with this loss.

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This was the first meeting between the two teams.

Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond went 16 of 26 for 232 yards.

Devon Achane had 12 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Ainias Smith had six receptions for 125 yards.

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Tar Heels quarterback Sam Howell went 18 of 31 for 234 yards. He had three touchdown passes and one interception.

British Brooks had 15 carries for 53 yards. Josh Downs had four receptions for 91 yards and two touchdowns.

Isaiah Spiller and Devon Achane had two rushing touchdowns each for the Aggies. Mond also scored a rushing touchdown.

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Kicker Seth Small also made two field goals.

Josh Downs caught two touchdown receptions for the Tar Heels. Dazz Newsome also caught a touchdown reception.

Kicker Grayson Atkins made two field goals.

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