COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M is off to its first 6-0 start since 1994 after a thrilling 45-38 double-overtime win against Tennessee on Saturday at Kyle Field.
The Aggies had been 5-0 each of the previous two seasons, only to lose their sixth game and fade from relevance.
Texas A&M receiver Christian Kirk said the Aggies knew they would have their work cut out for them against No. 9-Tennessee (5-1, 2-1 SEC).
“We knew the type of team Tennessee was and we knew we were going to have to compete with them for four quarters,” said Kirk, whose 24-yard catch in the second overtime set up Trevor Knight’s game-winning 1-yard TD run.
“We knew they weren’t going to give up and lie down,” Kirk said, reflecting on Texas A&M’s 28-7 lead in the second half.
Knight, who was 17 of 34 for 239 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions and also rushed for 110 yards and 3 touchdowns, gave the Vols credit for rallying.
“Well, you know, first I’ve got to say hats off to Tennessee,” Knight said. “I mean, the way they played this year when their backs are against the wall is incredible, and we knew coming into this game, you know if we drove down on them, they had the ability to come back in the ballgame and they did that once again.
“So, you got to first give credit to them for making it a ballgame.”
Coach Kevin Sumlin was impressed with the Vols’ talent.
“Tennessee is a quality football team with a ton of speed and a lot of talent, and you could see that,” Sumlin said. “We were able to withstand some things tonight and made enough plays to win.”