Purdue outlasts Tennessee 48-45 in OT in Music City Bowl
The Vols also snapped a four-game bowl victory streak with a loss that dropped the Southeastern Conference to 1-5 this bowl season. After Purdue ran three plays, Fineran sealed the victory with his fourth field goal of the game, sending the Boilermakers running down the field in celebration. The Vols had a final chance to win in regulation, but Chase McGrath’s 56 yard field goal fell well short. Tennessee finished with 639 yards total offense and Purdue had 623 in regulation — both bowl records before overtime. THE TAKEAWAYSTennessee: The Vols set a single-season record with 487 points through the first quarter of this game.wftv.com
No. 5 Texas A&M makes last CFP case in 34-13 win over Vols
5 Texas A&M closed its case for inclusion in the College Football Playoff by mauling Tennessee by three touchdowns. Texas A&M, ranked third in the nation in third-down conversion percentage (55%), didn't punt in the first half. Texas A&M's advantage went to 17-7 when the Aggies turned a Bailey fumble into a 23-yard field goal by Seth Small. Tennessee: After the second game of the season, the Vols were tied with Notre Dame for the longest winning streak among FBS teams. A victory over winless Vanderbilt ended the skid, but the loss to Texas A&M ended the regular season on a sour note.