Tennesse is perfect no more.
The No. 9 Volunteers fumbled away a chance to extend their 11-game winning streak, falling to No. 8 Texas A&M 45-38 in a double-overtime thriller on Saturday in College Station.
The Vols outgained the Aggies 684-590, but 7 turnovers and a litany of injuries proved too much to overcome.
Tennessee (5-1) will host No. 1 Alabama next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
* Without Jalen Hurd, Tennessee’s tailback duo was incredible. Junior speedster Alvin Kamara stole the show, racking up more than 300 total yards and 3 scores. The dynamic playmaker led the Volunteers in rushing (127 yards and 2 touchdowns) and receiving (8 receptions for 161 yards and a touchdown). He also had a kick return for 16 yards. Backup sophomore John Kelly Jr. delivered an impressive performance (13 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown) in the first extended action of his career.
* Malik Foreman. The senior defensive back had a couple busts in the first half, but Foreman responded with a pair of game-changing plays after halftime. He forced an interception on a nice pass breakup. Then when it looked like the Aggies would seal the game, Foreman hustled on a long run by Trayveon Williams and punched the football out for a touchback to give Tennessee new life with less than 2 minutes remaining.
* Tennessee’s fumble luck. The Volunteers coughed up the football six times — losing five. Everyone had a hand in the miscues (QB Josh Dobbs, Kamara, Kelly). On the season, the Volunteers have fumbled 21 times. If they want to compete for an SEC championship, their ball security issues must be corrected. Immediately.
* Tackling. Injuries were certainly to blame, but the Volunteers missed too many tackles — especially at inopportune times. Most notably: Safety Micah Abernathy, albeit banged up, whiffed on Trevor Knight’s 63-yard touchdown run.
* Penalties. Aside from the fumbles, the Volunteers shot themselves in the foot with 12 flags for 84 yards. They were penalized for holding, pass interference, targeting, you name it.
* The Volunteers’ resolve. Despite so many miscues, mistakes and missed opportunities, Tennessee never folded. Again. Down 21 points, Tennessee stormed back and had all the momentum heading into overtime.
* Special teams. The Volunteers continue to control special teams. Evan Berry coughed up a fumble on a kickoff return, but otherwise, all units were solid. Aaron Medley boomed kickoffs and drilled an overtime field goal. Trevor Daniel averaged 45.1 yards per punt and pinned the Aggies inside the 20-yard line twice.