Monday, December 11, 2017
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Aggies survive as Vols' rally magic runs out

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Trevor Knight had a 1-yard touchdown run in the second overtime and No. 8 Texas A&M withstood another Tennessee rally to beat the No. 9 Vols 45-38 Saturday.

After Knight scored, defensive back 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," A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said.

The teams exchanged field goals in the first overtime.

Knight passed for 239 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 110 yards and three more scores.

The Volunteers had rallied from double-digit deficits to win four of their previous five games, including the last-play victory over Georgia on Oct. 1. They trailed by 21 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," Vols coach Butch Jones said.

Texas A&M had a chance to win in regulation, but a 38-yard field goal by East Lake High graduate Daniel LaCamera sailed wide left; he later hit a 34-yarder to send the game into the second OT.

The Aggies also could've put the game away with about two minutes left, but running back Trayveon Williams had the ball knocked from his hands by defensive back Malik Foreman. The ball went out of the back of the end zone just before Williams crossed the goal line on a 71-yard run.

The Aggies built a 21-7 lead in the first quarter after three fumbles by Tennessee.

No. 1 Alabama 49, No. 16 Ark. 30: Jalen Hurts accounted for four touchdowns and defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick had three interceptions as the visiting Crimson Tide extended the nation's longest winning streak to 18. Fitzpatrick's 100-yard interception return for a score was Alabama's 10th nonoffensive score of the season. Hurts passed for 253 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two scores.

Auburn 38, Miss. St. 14: Kamryn Pettway had career highs in rushing yards (169), touchdowns (three) and carries (39) for the visiting Tigers. Pettway ran for 125 yards and three touchdowns in the first half after starter Kerryon Johnson left with a right ankle injury in the first quarter.

Kentucky 20, VandY 13: Stephen Johnson rushed for a touchdown and converted a big fourth-and-1 play late, leading to Austin MacGinnis' 28-yard field goal for the host Wildcats.

Sankey on UF-LSU: SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said the LSU-Florida game, postponed indefinitely because of Hurricane Matthew, "needs to be played." On the phone with CBS broadcasters during Tennessee-Texas A&M, Sankey said LSU and UF need to work together to reschedule their game.

   
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