Aggies battle back from big Belk Bowl deficit, come up short in the end

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (KBTX) -- It's not often that a teams gives up 31 unanswered points in the first half and still has a chance to win a game, but that's exactly what Texas A&M did today. The Aggies rallied from a 17 point deficit and actually had a lead with just under six minutes to go in the 4th quarter, but could not hold that lead and Texas A&M will now leave Charlotte with their third straight bowl loss.

"They played and came back just like they have come back every game," said interim head coach Jeff Banks. "They have learned, they have grown from the first game the UCLA game until now. The look in their eye, they expected to win the game. Even when we were down 10 at halftime there was no one in there thinking, 'man were down 10 at halftime'. You just didn't see that body language. It's pretty easy to walk in there whether it's an interim coach or any coach and see that team with all there eyes on you fired up and ready to go and take the field the way they did. The resiliency of this team is who this team is and who they will be."

Defensive lineman Landis Durham, who had six tackles and two sacks today, added, "'We fought hard and going into halftime we knew that is what we needed to do and I am proud of these guys to came back out the second half and fought."

Defensive tackle Kingsley Keke said, "That's the way we fight and we're going to finish in the 4th quarter and play til the last whistle. That's the way we played and that's the way we are always going to play. Finish throughout the game."

"You can look at it in a good way or a bad way," said wide receiver Damion Ratley. "The bad way was we lost and that's the biggest thing. I'm always looking to win and I was very frustrated that we lost. And you can look at it as a young team fighting back and they've got a great future ahead of them."

Texas A&M finishes the 2017 season with a 7-6 record. Aggie fans can now look ahead to next year and the Jimbo Fisher era.