A long grueling game came to an end in College Station with Texas A&M defeating the Tennessee Volunteers 45-38 in two overtimes. The story of the game was the seven, yes seven, turnovers committed by the Vols. It gave the Aggies every opportunity to seal the victory and stay undefeated, the first time A&M has started 6-0 since 1994.
Here are 3 Reasons Why: Tennessee lost a thriller to Texas A&M
It starts here and it ends here for Tennessee.
Running back Alvin Kamara stepped up when he was needed and ended the game as Tennessee’s leading rushing, 127 yards and 2 touchdowns, and also the leading receiver, 161 yards and 1 touchdown. But with all of the dynamic plays, Karama turned the football over.
Kamara got stripped after a 55 yard run. pic.twitter.com/OPJWOmMoXH
— Rocky Top Insider (@rockytopinsider) October 8, 2016
Joshua Dobbs did a lot of good things, including 459 of total yards but his turnovers ultimately broke the back of his team. Costly fumbles early in the game combined with this interception to end it.
Dobbs is a heck of a player and has kept his team in games time and time again but one thing he struggles with is throwing down the field. That early in the series is no time to take a shot when running the football is where you have the most success.
It’s pretty amazing how Tennessee was on the brink of being 6-0 after giving the football away the amount of times they did. Butch Jones is a different coach from a year ago. He learned from the four tough losses in 2015 and parlayed that into the season the Vols are having this year. His team has to stop turning the football over though. Once that happens, this team can be even more special than it already is.
The guy is a complete gamer.
He is what Texas A&M has been looking for in a quarterback since Johnny Manziel left. On Saturday, Knight accounted for over 200 yards through the air, over 100 yards on the ground and 5 touchdowns.
Knight won it for the Aggies in overtime with a 1 yard touchdown run.
This is not an excuse, this is a reason.
Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Darrin Kirkland Jr., Cam Sutton and Jalen Hurd all did not play in this game.
Danny O’Brien was carted off in a stretcher after colliding with an Aggie player late in the game. Reports said that O’Brien was moving his extremities after leaving game which is great news.
The fact that Tennessee went to overtime with Texas A&M dealing with all of the missing bodies from their roster is impressive.
Will Tennessee have enough players left to play Alabama next week?
— O&W Report (@OandWReport) October 8, 2016
We shall find out next week as the Vols play host to the Crimson Tide.