No. 8 Texas A&M outlasts No. 9 Tennessee in OT; No. 20 Oklahoma wins Red River rivalry

Trevor Knight
Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight dives over Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett (9) to score a touchdown during overtime of their game Saturday.
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Trevor Knight had a one-yard touchdown run in the second overtime and No. 8 Texas A&M withstood another late Tennessee rally to beat the No. 9 Volunteers, 45-38, on Saturday. 

After Knight bulled in for the touchdown, 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,” coach Kevin Sumlin said. 

The teams exchanged field goals in the first overtime. 


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

The Volunteers (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) had rallied from double-digit deficits to win four of their last five games, including last week’s last-play victory over Georgia. They trailed by 21 points in the third quarter Saturday thanks to six turnovers before tying it on Alvin Kamara’s 18-yard touchdown reception with 41 seconds left. 

Texas A&M (6-0, 4-0) had a chance to win it in regulation, but Daniel LaCamera’s 38-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left. 

No. 20 Oklahoma 45, Texas 40


Dede Westbrook had three touchdown catches longer than 40 yards while setting an Oklahoma single-game record with 232 yards receiving, and the Sooners held on for the win in Dallas. 

Samaje Perine added 214 yards and two touchdowns rushing on 35 carries for the Sooners (3-2, 2-0 Big 12), who rolled up 672 total yards against Longhorn coach Charlie Strong’s beleaguered defense. 

Texas (2-3, 0-2) led after two long TD passes by freshman quarterback Shane Buechele in the first 4 1/2 minutes after halftime. But Oklahoma went ahead for good when Baker Mayfield’s four-yard TD run, right after his 51-yard completion to Dahu Green, made it 28-27. 

Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook breaks into the clear on one of his three touchdown receptions against Texas on Saturday.
Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook breaks into the clear on one of his three touchdown receptions against Texas on Saturday.
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Mayfield was 22-of-31 passing for 390 yards and easily made up for two early interceptions with the three TDs to Westbrook . 

D’onta Foreman ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns for Texas.

No. 1 Alabama 49, No. 16 Arkansas 30 

Jalen Hurts accounted for four touchdowns, Minkah Fitzpatrick had three interceptions and Alabama extended its nation-best winning streak to 18 games with the win at Fayetteville, Ark. 


The win was the 10th straight for the Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) over the Razorbacks, and Fitzpatrick’s 100-yard interception return for a touchdown was Alabama’s 10th non-offensive score of the season. 

Hurts finished 13 of 17 for 253 yards with two touchdowns, and ran for two more TDs. Damien Harris added 122 yards rushing on 13 carries for the Crimson Tide. Alabama finished with 517 yards of total offense and averaged 10.1 yards per play. 

Austin Allen completed 25 of 48 passes for 400 yards and three touchdowns for Arkansas (4-2, 0-2), also throwing three interceptions as the Razorbacks finished with five turnovers overall. Arkansas finished with 473 yards of total offense, but gained only 73 yards on the ground on 36 carries. 

No. 2 Ohio State 38, Indiana 17

J.T. Barrett ran for 137 yards and a touchdown and passed for another score Sto lead the Buckeys to victory over the visiting Hoosiers. 

Second-ranked Ohio State was forced to rely mostly on its ground game, which accounted for 290 yards, and some tough play by its defense — including a critical fourth-quarter stop on its own four-yard line following a Barrett inception — to fend off the Hoosiers, who had upset Michigan State last weekend. 

Ohio State’s defense held when it had to, also forcing Indiana to turn the ball over on downs on the Hoosiers’ own 33 with 5:22 left and the Buckeyes leading 31-17. Five plays later, Barrett hit Dontre Wilson with a 37-yard touchdown pass to put the game out of reach. 

Safety Malik Hooker sealed the win by picking off a pass by Richard Lagow on Indiana’s next series. 


Barrett was 9-of-23 passing for 93 yards. He carried the ball 26 times.

No. 4 Michigan 78, Rutgers 0 

Jabrill Peppers ran for two touchdowns and set up another score with a 63-yard scamper in his return to his native New Jersey and the Wolverines won a game in which the Scarlet Knights were limited to 22 yards total yards and two first downs. 

Peppers had scoring runs of seven and four yards off direct snaps, and his career-long run midway through the first quarter paved the way to a four-yard touchdown run by Ty Isaac for the first score of the game. 

It could have been a better day for the junior who has played 12 positions for Michigan (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) this season. He had a 44-yard punt return for a first-quarter touchdown nullified by an illegal block. Wolverines are 6-0 for the first time since 2011 That team finished 11-2. 

Rutgers (2-4, 0-3) has lost three straight, with the last two being embarrassing for new coach Chris Ash. No. 2 Ohio State beat the Scarlet Knights 58-0 last weekend, holding them to 116 yards in total offense. Rutgers did not get a first down until Trey Sneed had a 12-yard run with 9:06 left in the fourth quarter. The 78-0 loss was Rutgers worst since an 82-0 setback against Princeton in 1888.

No. 23 Florida State 20, No. 10 Miami 19 

DeMarcus Walker blocked Miami kicker Michael Badgley’s point-after attempt with 1:38 remaining, and the Seminoles escaped with the victory in Miami Gardens, Fla. 

The Hurricanes (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) were in position to tie it after Brad Kaaya connected with Stacy Coley on an 11-yard touchdown pass. Badgley had made 72 straight extra points, but the 6-foot-3 Walker knocked away what would have been the tying point. 

And just like that, in a series decided so many times over the years by Florida State field goals in critical moments sailing wide right and wide left, there’s now a block to add to the lore. 

Dalvin Cook and Kermit Whitfield had touchdown catches in the third quarter to help the Seminoles beat Miami for the seventh straight time. Deondre Francois, who left n the first half after being shaken up, came back and ended up with 234 yards passing for Florida State (4-2, 1-2). 

Cook finished with 150 yards rushing and had a 59-yard scoring catch to spark the Seminoles’ second-half surge, and Whitfield’s 20-yard catch on his 23rd birthday put Florida State ahead for good. 


No. 25 Virginia Tech 34, No. 17 North Carolina 3

Jerod Evans threw for two scores and ran for another to help the Hokies win the game Chapel Hill, N.C., in heavy rain and wind from Hurricane Matthew. 

Sam Rogers and Chris Cunningham had scoring catches and the Hokies (4-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) dominated the reigning Coastal Division champion Tar Heels (4-2, 2-1) in a surprising romp. 

The Hokies had their share of weather-related troubles, including seven fumbles, multiple bobbled snaps and a season-low 264 yards. 

UNC finished with 131 yards, with Trubisky throwing his first two interceptions of the year, while the Hokies scored 20 points off four turnovers. Playing without injured top tailback Elijah Hood, failed to score a touchdown for the first time under fifth-year Coach Larry Fedora.

North Carolina State 10, Notre Dame 3

Dexter Wright returned a blocked punt 16 yards for a touchdown with 12:43 remaining, and North Carolina State beat Notre Dame 10-3 on Saturday in a game played in hurricane conditions. 

A waterlogged field saturated by Hurricane Matthew’s heavy rains and wind-whipped by its gusts rendered both offenses ineffective, so the Wolfpack (4-1) beat the Fighting Irish (2-4) with special teams and defense. 

Wright’s go-ahead TD came after teammate Pharoah McKeever fought through a block from Nic Weishar up the middle to deflect Tyler Newsome’s punt. All Wright had to do was scoop up the ball — not an easy task on a day like this — and head for the end zone. 

Notre Dame put together a late drive into the N.C. State red zone, but a shotgun snap on fourth-and-8 squibbed past DeShone Kizer with 1:52 left and the Wolfpack ran out the clock. 

The teams combined for five turnovers, had a total of 10 fumbles and lost four of them. In a sequence that perfectly captured the day, Notre Dame coughed the ball up with about 10 minutes left in the second quarter on a bad snap — only to get it right back when N.C. State fumbled on its next snap. 

Auburn 38, Mississippi State 14

Kamryn Pettway ran for 169 yards and three touchdowns, Sean White threw for 204 yards and a touchdown and the Tigers cruised to the win at Starkville, Miss. 

The 6-foot, 240-pound Pettway was dominant for the Tigers, running around and through Mississippi State’s defense as Auburn built a 35-0 halftime lead. The sophomore thrived even with a huge workload, carrying the ball 27 times for 125 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. He finished with 39 carries. 

Pettway’s role was increased after starting running back Kerryon Johnson suffered a right leg injury in the first quarter and didn’t return. Auburn (4-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) has won three straight. 

Mississippi State (2-3, 1-2) actually had a little momentum in the game’s opening minutes when Kivon Coman intercepted a deflected pass to give the Bulldogs’ great field position at the Auburn 19. But five plays later, Westin Graves missed a 28-yard field goal.

Penn State 38, Maryland 14

Saquan Barkley ran for 202 yards, Trace McSorley threw a pair of touchdown passes and the Nittany Lions rolled to a win at State College, Pa. 

McSorley accounted for 233 total yards, throwing for 152 and rushing for 81 as the Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) had a season-high 524 total yards and snapped Maryland’s five game win streak. 

Penn State limited Maryland (4-1, 1-1) to 270 total yards, including 170 on the ground. The Terps came in averaging 300 rushing yards per game in victories over Howard, Florida International, Central Florida and Purdue. 

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