COLLEGE STATION Trevor Knight had a 1-yard touchdown run in the second overtime and No. 8 Texas A&M withstood another late Tennessee rally to beat the No. 9 Volunteers 45-38 on Saturday.
After Knight bulled in for the touchdown, Armani Watts intercepted Joshua Dobbs’ pass on the next play for Tennessee’s seventh turnover to end the game.
“The big takeaway from this was we were able to withstand some things, not play great but make enough plays to win the game without some of our better players being 100 percent,” coach Kevin Sumlin said.
The teams exchanged field goals in the first overtime.
Knight threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 110 yards and three more scores.
The Volunteers (5-1, 2-1 SEC) had rallied from double-digit deficits to win four of their past five games, including last week’s last-play victory over Georgia. They trailed by 21 points in the third quarter Saturday thanks to six turnovers before tying it on Alvin Kamara’s 18-yard touchdown reception with 41 seconds left.
“Proud of the resolve, but the turnovers didn’t give us an opportunity,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said.
Texas A&M (6-0, 4-0) had a chance to win it in regulation, but Daniel LaCamera’s 38-yard field goal attempt was wide left.
The Aggies could have put this one away with less than 2 minutes remaining, but freshman Trayveon Williams had the ball knocked from his hands and out of the back of the end zone just before he crossed the goal line on a 71-yard run.
Texas A&M was facing third-and-2 when Knight dashed 62 yards for a touchdown that pushed the lead to 35-21 with about three minutes left. Kamara’s 4-yard run about a minute later made it a one-score game.
The Aggies built a 21-7 lead in the first quarter after three fumbles by Tennessee. Knight threw touchdown passes of 13 and 2 yards and had a 7-yard TD run in the quarter.
Saturday continued a trend of bad starts for the Volunteers, who have been outscored 62-17 in the first quarter this season.
A&M’s defense again showed it is the strength by forcing the flurry of turnovers and pressuring Dobbs all day long. The offense needs to be more consistent for the Aggies to have a chance to topple Alabama in two weeks.
The Volunteers host Alabama next Saturday.
A&M—Kirk 13 pass from Knight (LaCamera kick), 8:30
TEN—Dobbs 4 pass from Jennings (Medley kick), 3:37
A&M—J.Reynolds 2 pass from Knight (LaCamera kick), 2:04
A&M—Knight 7 run (LaCamera kick), 1:45
A&M—T.Williams 7 run (LaCamera kick), 10:40
TEN—Kamara 15 run (Medley kick), 7:10
TEN—J.Kelly 4 run (Medley kick), 7:06
A&M—Knight 62 run (LaCamera kick), 3:22
TEN—Kamara 4 run (Medley kick), 2:07
TEN—Kamara 18 pass from Dobbs (Medley kick), :41
TEN—FG Medley 34, :00
A&M—FG LaCamera 34, :00
A&M—Knight 1 run (LaCamera kick), :00
Time of Possession
RUSHING—Tennessee, Kamara 18-127, J.Kelly 13-89, Dobbs 17-57, Byrd 2-11, (Team) 1-(minus 2). Texas A&M, T.Williams 28-216, Knight 15-110, Ford 6-29, (Team) 1-(minus 3).
PASSING—Tennessee, Jennings 1-1-0-4, Dobbs 28-47-2-398. Texas A&M, Knight 17-34-2-239.
RECEIVING—Tennessee, Kamara 8-161, Jennings 5-68, Byrd 3-60, Croom 3-41, J.Smith 3-4, Malone 2-31, Et.Wolf 2-14, J.Kelly 1-12, B.Johnson 1-7, Dobbs 1-4. Texas A&M, Kirk 7-80, J.Reynolds 5-89, Noil 2-32, Iheanacho 1-24, Ford 1-14, T.Williams 1-0.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Texas A&M, LaCamera 38.