The Tennessee Volunteers had been toting a horseshoe and all sorts of lucky charms with them over the past few weeks. And in the waning moments of their matchup with the Texas A&M Aggies, it looked like the Vols had brought it down to College Station with them.
Alas, it was not to be for the Vols despite manufacturing a whale of a comeback effort to force overtime. The Aggies would remain unblemished through their first six games of the year, earning a 45-38 victory in double overtime. Tennessee has nothing to be ashamed of, of course, but at least for the interim, the luck appears to have dried up.
Here’s what we learned:
1. Despite turnovers aplenty, the Vols somehow stayed alive: Normally when you commit seven turnovers, the chances of winning are pretty slim. That Tennessee got to the point that they did is an impressive feat in itself. It speaks to A&M’s ability, or lack thereof, to put Tennessee away at certain points. But credit should be given to the Volunteers for continuing to fight even when all seemed bleak.
2. Trayveon Williams continues to be a stud: Although he was responsible for a turnover that brought the game to OT, Trayveon Williams excelled on Saturday afternoon against the not-so-mighty Vols run defense. Williams scampered for 217 yards on 28 carries, good for a yards per attempt of 7.75. That mark is, of course, less than his average of 9.0 yards per carry going into the game, but still quite astounding. If he keeps this up, the SEC Freshman of the Year award will be locked up by the end of October if not sooner.
3. For now, the Aggies’ hot start marches on: Texas A&M has been prone to slip-ups after hot starts in the last three seasons, with it starting right around the sixth game of the season. Well, for now, the aforementioned slip-ups will have to wait at least another week as the Aggies are 6-0 and bowl eligible already. Time will tell if this team has the same fate as others, but for now, Aggies fans can bask in the glory.