Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

SEC Roundup: Texas A&M Pulls out Overtime Win over UCLA

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

SEC Roundup: Texas A&M Pulls out Overtime Win over UCLA

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Trevor Knight threw for 239 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores, including one in overtime to lead Texas A&M to a 31-24 victory over No. 16 UCLA on Saturday in his debut with the Aggies.

The Aggies had a fourth down from the 1 in overtime when Knight waltzed into the end zone untouched for the score in the opener for both teams.

Texas A&M sealed the victory when Justin Evans knocked down Josh Rosen's pass at the goal line on fourth down.

The Aggies looked to have this one wrapped up when they led by 15 in the fourth quarter after getting two third-quarter touchdowns.

No. 1 Alabama 52, No. 20 USC 6 * True freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts threw two touchdown passes to ArDarius Stewart and ran for two more scores, and the Crimson Tide opened their national championship defense with a lopsided win in Arlington, Texas.

The season-opening win came at AT&T Stadium the home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and also where the Crimson Tide started their 2012 and 2015 national championship seasons with victories.

Hurts fumbled away his first snap after coming in late in the first quarter for redshirt freshman Blake Barnett, who was ineffective in the first two drives after becoming the youngest Tide quarterback to start under Saban. Barnett later returned to throw a 45-yard touchdown.

No. 2 Clemson 19, Auburn 13 * Deshaun Watson passed for 248 yards, including 174 to Mike Williams in his return from an injury, and No. 2 Clemson escaped with a victory at Auburn.

Clemson struggled to put the away the opener even though Auburn produced little offense for much of the game while swapping three quarterbacks in and out. Finally, Watson hit former walk-on receiver Hunter Renfrow in the back of the end zone on third and goal from the 16 with 9:59 left in the fourth quarter.

Auburn finally got a touchdown with 3:22 left on a 9-yard direct snap run by Kerryon Johnson and Clemson's failed fourth-down try deep in Auburn territory set up another shot with 40 seconds and 85 yards to go. …

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