Tennessee-Texas A&M By The Numbers
It finally happened. The Vols took their first loss of the season, but as with every other game this season, Tennessee put up a fight to the very end. While most are certainly proud of this team for not quitting, this loss is one that will sting for a while, if nothing else because of how close UT came to winning after overcoming so much. Before we all “snap and clear” and move on to the 4th and final game in the Vols’ mid-season gauntlet, lets take one more look at the Volunteers and the Aggies in this week’s edition of “By The Numbers”…
The meeting between the Vols and Texas A&M was the 3rd in history and the first win for the Aggies. The previous 2 meetings were in bowl games. The Vols won the first match up 3–0 in the 1957 Gator Bowl, in what would be Aggies head coach Bear Bryant’s last game before leaving for Alabama. Tennessee also won the 2nd match up 38–7 in the 2005 Cotton Bowl.
It’s not much a secret, but for whatever reason, the Vols seems to get the best from the SEC West every year. On top of their yearly match up with Alabama, The Vols have faced an additional ranked team from the west 4 of the past 6 years, with 3 of those teams being ranked in the top 10. With the loss to the Aggies, Tennessee has now lost 12 straight to SEC West schools. The last Vol win over the West came on November 13, 2010, against the Ole Miss Rebels in Knoxville.
Tennessee’s overtime loss to Texas A&M marked its 19th all-time overtime game, which is the most in NCAA history. With a 12–7 record, Tennessee could be considered pretty decent in overtime games. The one blemish in the Vols overtime record comes in overtime games that end in the 2nd overtime. In those games the Vols are just 1–3, with the lone win coming against UAB in 2010.
Vol running back Alvin Kamara, who finished with 127 yards rushing and 161 yards receiving, became one of only two Vols to ever have 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in a game. The only other player to do so was Jamal Lewis against Kentucky in 1997, where he finished with 128 yards rushing and 105 yards receiving.
Alvin Kamara also set a single game record for the Vols in all-purpose yards. With 312 total yards of production, which accounts for rushing, receiving, and kick returns, Kamara broke the previous record set by Chuck Webb in 1989 against Ole Miss, who had 294 yards.
Tennessee’s 684 yards of total offense is the 3rd most in a single game in the history of Vol football. It also marked the 2nd most yards ever on the road and the most yardage ever gained for Tennessee against a ranked team.
The 99 plays run by the Vols in their loss against the Aggies was the most ever in a single game for UT. The previous record was 95, set in the 1991 Mississippi State game.
Along with 2 interceptions, the Volunteers managed to lose 5 fumbles against the Aggies. The number marks the most lost by the Volunteers in 20 years and just 1 shy of a record 6 lost fumbles suffered in the 1963 Alabama game and a 1971 matchup with Santa Barbara.
In what could be the most controversial move in quite some time, the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers have postponed a game due to Hurricane Mathew. It may not sound too controversial at first, games are postponed for things like this every so often. The controversy comes when you realize that, as of right now, there is no plan to play the game at all. This means that, should the game not be played, and no rules are changed, if the Gators win out in the SEC and the Vols lose 1 more (presumably to Alabama), the Florida Gators would be going to the SEC Championship game due to having a better conference winning percentage, despite Tennessee having the head to head advantage and same win total. There is a chance that the Vols could beat every Eastern Division opponent and not make the championship game. This has only happened two times in the SEC’s history, in 2002 to the Florida Gators and in 2011 to the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Next up for Tennessee is the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 99th playing of “The Third Saturday in October.” The Tide currently holds a nine game winning streak over the Vols, the 2nd longest win streak Alabama has ever had over Tennessee. UT played Alabama as tough as anyone last season and they’ll need to avoid the turnovers they had against the Aggies if they want another shot at knocking off the defending SEC and national champions.