After nearly five hours of game action, it was No. 8 Texas A&M that prevailed 45-38 over No. 9 Tennessee in a two-overtime thriller on Saturday in College Station, Texas.
The Vols had 677 yards of total offense, which one would expect to result in a win, but seven turnovers -- five fumbles and two interceptions -- was too much for Tennessee to overcome. Texas A&M had 591 yards of offense, led by freshman running back Trayveon Williams' 215 rushing yards on 28 carries. As a team, the Aggies rushed for 352 yards on 50 carries, gashing the Vols defense that continues to have depth issues with three more defensive players suffering injuries on Saturday.
Quarterback Trevor Knight had more than 300 total yards of offense -- 239 passing, 110 rushing -- and five total touchdowns, including an important 62-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that, at the time, put the Aggies up two scores.
Texas A&M was not immune to the turnover bug either, and that helped the Vols comeback effort late. Knight had a pair of interceptions and Williams gave the Vols life late in the game when he fumbled through the back of the end zone after getting chased down from behind.
The Aggies never trailed, holding as much as a 21-point lead early in the second half. But as they have all year, the Vols charged back in the second half. Alvin Kamara led the way with 289 total yards and three touchdowns on 26 touches for Tennessee as a serious weapon both running and catching out of the backfield.
Despite Kamara's best efforts -- he fumbled at the end of a fantastic run early in the game -- and more second half magic, seven turnovers were just too much for the Vols to overcome. The game fittingly ended with a turnover as Josh Dobbs lobbed up a pass over the middle of the field that Armani Watts picked off to seal the win in double overtime.
Texas A&M improves to 6-0 with the win, which is the Aggies' best start to a season since 1994. With a bye week coming up, TAMU has a chance to rest and recover before a trip to Alabama to face the reigning kings of the SEC. The Aggies have proven that this year isn't like previous seasons where early success turned into mediocrity, and they must be considered at least a marginal threat to the Tide.
Where Texas A&M has time to recover from a long, physical game before playing Alabama, Tennessee has to turn around, while still dealing with all of its defensive injuries, and head home for a game with the Crimson Tide next Saturday. The Vols maintain control of their SEC East destiny despite the loss, but they must find a way to recover and regroup quickly with Alabama coming to town to avoid a two-game skid that could see that control slip away.
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