Another great week of college football is in the books, with the exception of Georgia-South Carolina and Florida-LSU.
Enjoy a recap of some of the big games and great moments.
Comeback Number Five, Loss Number One
Tennessee has played five games this season. In four of them, it has trailed at some point by double-digits. Yesterday, Texas A&M became the first team to beat the Volunteers this season. However, the Aggies didn’t hold the lead, which reached 21 points in the third quarter. It even took two overtimes to put an end to Tennessee’s unbelievable streak of luck.
Just like last week, it took some late magic to help Tennessee push the game into overtime. Perhaps it was less magic and more luck. Either way, it was a wild evening in College Station, TX.
Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight, arguably one of the most electric players in the nation, put the Aggies ahead, 35-21, with 3:22 left in the game on a 62- yard touchdown run. The term generally used to describe a score like that, in that particular situation, is “nail in the coffin”.
On the ensuing possession, Vols’ quarterback Josh Dobbs led Tennessee down the field and into the end zone in just a minute and 15 seconds to get within a touchdown.
15 seconds had run off the clock before Aggies’ RB Trayveon Williams delivered a play that should have warranted another cliché. This time “that’s a dagger” comes to mind. Williams sped through the defense and down the field for 72-and-a-half yards, but UT’s Malik Foreman caught him from behind and knocked the ball loose and into the end zone for a touchback. Vols’ ball, 1:49 left to play.
With that kind of momentum on its side, there was no way Tennessee wasn’t going to tie the game, and it did just that on Alvin Kamara’s third touchdown of the game.
What’s more, the A&M kicker missed a 38-yard game-winning field goal attempt with eight seconds left in the game.
It took two overtimes before Dobbs threw an interception (Tennessee’s seventh turnover of the game) that ended Tennessee’s magical journey through the first six weeks of the season.
- Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara rushed for 127 yards and caught eight passes for 161 more. That was huge for Tennessee as it was missing top rusher Jalen Hurd.
- Dobbs threw two interceptions this week. He leads the SEC in interceptions this season.
- Knight rushed for over 100 yards for the second time this season. He’s currently one of the top-10 rushers in the SEC. The last SEC quarterback to finish as a top-10 rusher was Dak Prescott in 2014.
A Shootout, Indeed
Rivalry games are fun. Especially the Red River Shootout, which takes place every year in the midst of the Texas State Fair.
This particular Shootout had massive implications. Whispers regarding the future of both head coaches, Charlie Strong for Texas and Bob Stoops at Oklahoma, could be heard throughout many circles during the last few weeks.
The result all but guarantees Strong’s departure at the end of the season, as Oklahoma held on for a 45-40 victory at the Cotton Bowl. However, we can save the coaching discussion for another time.
The story of the game was Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook. Before yesterday, Texas hadn’t given up 100 yards to a single receiver all season, despite giving up the third-most passing yards per game in the Big 12. Westbrook ended the night with 10 catches for 232 yards and three touchdowns in one of the best receiving performances in college football this season.
- Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine had quite a day, racking up 214 yards and two touchdowns on the ground for the Sooners. 232 yards is the third-highest total of Perine’s career and the most since the famous Kansas game in 2014.
- It’s not likely that Oklahoma makes the College Football Playoff, but the Sooners should still be the favorite to win the Big 12 championship. All eyes will be on the Baylor game on November 12.
Jimbo Fisher has never lost to Miami as the head coach of the Florida State Seminoles. Last night may have been the closest and lowest scoring game they’ve played against each other in ten years, but thanks to DeMarcus Walker’s blocked extra point with 1:38 left, the Seminoles notched their seventh win in a row over their in-state rival, 20-19.
- Deondre Francois looked terrific. The true freshman passed for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Francois has been solid all season, passing for nine touchdowns and only two interceptions so far.
- Heisman hopeful Dalvin Cook moved his consecutive 100-yard game streak to three. Cook rushed for 150 yards but no touchdowns.
- There are only three weeks until Florida State hosts Clemson. Florida State is really the only tough matchup left on Clemson’s schedule before the ACC Championship game.
-Houston will not make the Playoff after losing to Navy 46-40. I’d also be surprised if it beats Louisville.
-Stanford is not a top-25 team.
-As a former offensive lineman, this play makes me happy. Watch how fast that guy is.
-Ohio State is the best team in the country.
-Washington is really, really good.
-In case you missed it, Rutgers only amassed 39 total yards of offense against Michigan.
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