© St. Petersburg Times, published October 7, 2002
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee's Jason Witten found himself at the bottom of a big pile in the end zone after catching a 25-yard touchdown pass in the sixth overtime. Kicker Phillip Newman may have been one of the happiest Volunteers.
"I ran over to Jason and jumped on him and said, "Thank you, man, thank you! You saved us all,' " Newman said after the 41-38 victory over Arkansas just before midnight Saturday.
The Razorbacks, whose 58-56 win over Mississippi last season is the longest game in NCAA history at seven overtimes, gave No. 10 Tennessee a chance to win after settling for David Carlton's 47-yard field goal at the beginning of the sixth OT.
When the Vols got the ball, Casey Clausen found Witten in the end zone on the first play, ending the game and saving Newman from having to kick a fifth field goal.
On Sunday, the question was: Can the Vols (4-1, 1-1 SEC) recover from such a physically draining game in time to face No. 6 Georgia (5-0, 2-0) Saturday in Athens? "I'd be more concerned about that if we had played one of these kind of games and lost it," coach Phillip Fulmer said. "The fact that we were able to win I think bonded our football team."
The game did not look like it was headed for overtime until late in the fourth. Tennessee was ahead 17-3 after Jabari Davis ran 58 yards for a touchdown a minute into the fourth.
But Arkansas scored two touchdowns in a 41/2-minute span to tie at 17 with 3:30 left.
OREGON 31, ARIZONA 14: Only one unbeaten team remains in the Pac-10, and it's a familiar one. Oregon, nationally ranked and the defending conference champion, improved to 5-0, getting its 10th consecutive win. The Ducks have the second-longest streak in the nation behind Miami's 27. Onterrio Smith rushed for 145 yards on 28 carries, and quarterback Jason Fife had a near-perfect second half passing in the Ducks' conference opener. Fife, who was 11-for-12 for 138 yards and two TDs in the second half, finished 18-for-26 for 244 yards.
UNC 38, ARIZONA ST. 35: Darian Durant passed for 417 yards and five TDs, including a school-record four to Chesley Borders, for the visiting Tar Heels. He also kept two come-from-behind drives alive in the fourth with his running as UNC snapped Arizona State's four-game winning string despite allowing a school-record 657 yards. Andrew Walter was 27-for-45 for 474 yards -- fourth-best in Sun Devils history -- and set up five rushing TDs. But Walter, the nation's top-rated passer coming in, had two interceptions.
B-CC 41, MORGAN ST. 27: Quarterback Allen Suber, a Tampa Catholic product, scored twice in the fourth to lead visiting Bethune-Cookman. Suber, who had 233 yards rushing, also scored late in the first on an 85-yard run.
SAN DIEGO 44, JACKSONVILLE 20: Quarterback Mike Sturgill was 28-for-43 for 344 yards, 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions for visiting Jacksonville.