by Chris Carlson: Texas A&M’s offense rallied late to tie the game at 28-28, getting a defense stop on fourth down, after a touchdown on their first possession of overtime to defeat an upstart Arkansas team 35-28.
The 6th ranked Aggies had a nice kickoff return to midfield to set up their 1st score with a 13-yard run by Brandon Williams to take an early 7-0 lead. Arkansas would answer with a run-heavy drive resulting in a touchdown.
The defenses for both teams settled in, slowing the pace a bit until Alex Collins took it to the house on a 50-yard run giving Arkansas a 14-7 lead. A&M would respond with a 9-play drive to even things at 14 all.
Penalties and mistakes would prove costly for both teams in the 2nd quarter. A holding call negated what would have been a long touchdown run by Arkansas. Texas A&M couldn’t get out of their own way on a series on mistakes starting with a penalty on 3rd and short, followed by a drop pass on the next play, than a missed field goal the play after.
With 1:03 left in the first half, Arkansas scored from 51 yards out off a fake punt to give the Hogs a 21-14 advantage. At the half Arkansas running back Alex Collins had 9 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown.
After the teams exchanged their opening possessions, the Razorbacks scored on a play action pass to a wide open A.J. Derby taking a healthy 28-14.
Two productive drives smothered by Arkansas’s defense helped control the clock, allowing their offense to slowly begin chipping away at the A&M Defense. A holding call on a long run by the Razorbacks scratched what would have been first and goal right on the doorstep. Instead Arkansas was forced to punt.
QB Kenny Hill and the A&M offense had some miscues, and a few dropped balls early but would rebound nicely down the stretch. The Aggies defense would force the offense to punt again and moments later Edward Pope scored on an 87-yard TD pass from Kenny Hill to pull closer at 28-21.
An interception by Hill on a deep pass down the middle of the field, and another stop on defense by the Hogs, seemingly swung the momentum of the game back to Arkansas. However, a time-consuming drive by the Hogs would end in a badly missed field goal, leaving the door wide-open for the Kenny Hill & Co.
Starting from their 28 yard line, the Aggies scoring drive would take only 19 seconds on a 59-yard TD catch by Josh Reynolds. Texas A&M would get the ball back with enough time on the clock to take a shot, but chose to play for overtime.
On the first play of overtime, Kenny Hill and Malcome Kennedy connected on a 25-yard touchdown strike to take the lead 35-28. After two failed run plays, the Razorbacks completed a pass for 8 yards making it 4th down with a yard and half short of a first down. The Aggies defense led by defense end Julien Obioha, stuffed the fourth down attempt and put the icing on the cake of their fourth quarter comeback.
Heisman hopeful Kenny Hill was 21 of 41 for 386 yards and 4 touchdown passes.
Running back Alex Collins had 131 yards on 21 carries and the Arkansas offense finished with 285 yards on the ground in defeat.