Texas A&M is getting some much needed rest after a game against Tennessee that went for five hours last week. In fact, it was longer than any game in which the Aggies’ head coach had ever participated.
Speaking on The Paul Finebaum Show on Tuesday afternoon, the ESPN radio host asked Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin if he had ever been a part of a game that long.
“No. I have not,” Sumlin answered. “And we’ve played a lot of double overtime games. We’ve played a lot of games, but that was a very, very long game. … I walked off the field, by the time everything was done, kickoff was 2:30 or 2:37, it was easily 7:30 when we left (the field).”
The game would have been much shorter if Texas A&M could have held onto its 28-7 lead and ended the game in regulation. However, the Aggies managed to pull out the 45-38 victory in double overtime.
The Aggies can now look back at the lengthy game fondly, knowing the outcome. And Sumlin was rewarded with a welcome sight at the end: Aggie fans still going wild in the stands after the marathon contest.
“And I’ll put it this way: five hours weren’t enough, because our fans were still in the stands having a heck of a time,” Sumlin said. “And eight hours later, they were still outside, still going. So it wasn’t any big deal to them, but it’s always fine when you win.”