COLLEGE STATION (WATE) – The Tennessee Volunteers gave it all they had in four quarters and two overtimes of football but ultimately fell 45-38 to Texas A&M for their first loss of the year.
Myles Garrett, who did not play last week at South Carolina, caused havoc early on for Tennessee. The Texas A&M defensive end put the ball back in the Aggies hands thanks to a strip sack the led to a Joshua Dobbs fumble on the A&M 26-yard line. The Aggies converted the turnover into pints, with Trevor Knight connecting with Christian Kirk for a 13-yard touchdown to take a 7-0 lead.
Alvin Kamara, who started in place of injured running back Jalen Hurd, fumbled in his second straight game after turning a 55-yard gain into a turnover. Kamara was stripped at the A&M 7-yard line.
Following an Aggies punt, the Vols would get on the scoreboard with some dazzle dazzle. Kamara flipped the direct snap to Jauan Jennings, who tossed it up four yards for a wide-open Dobbs in the end zone.
Texas A&M took back the lead with 2:04 left to play in the first quarter after Knight connected with Josh Reynolds for a 2-yard score. The Aggies second score of the day capped off a 6-play, 75-yard scoring drive to take a 14-7 advantage.
Evan Berry fumbled the ensuing kickoff, leading to a 7-yard touchdown run from Knight with 1:45 left to play in the first quarter.
While the first 15 minutes were filled with big plays, both the Aggies and Vols struggled in the second quarter. The two combined for seven punts before going into halftime with the same score.
Tennessee converted its first third-down on the day with a 27-yard pass from Dobbs to Josh Malone to start the second half. On the next play, Dobbs fumbled during an exchange with John Kelly, giving the ball back to the Aggies at the A&M 39-yard line. Trayveon Williams capped off a 7-play drive, rushing for a 7-yard score to put the Aggies up 28-7 in the third quarter.
Kamara would answer for the Vols soon after, scoring from 15 yards out to cut A&M’s lead to 28-14.
Texas A&M holds onto the win following two overtimes.