ARLINGTON (Texas) — Texas A&M overcomes a 14-point early deficit to hand the Aggies their first loss. Arkansas, ranked 10th, suffered its first loss Saturday at AT&T Stadium, 23-21.
Arkansas kicker Cam Little missed an attempt at a 42-yard field goals off the right upright. After driving to the Aggies 16, the Razorbacks were stopped by Ricky Stromberg, who failed to snap to KJ Jefferson. The result was a loss nine yards on the second down.
Jefferson ran 1 yard to Texas A&M 24, on a third and 14. Little attempted a long run off the left hashmark, but his attempt bounced off of the upright.
Texas A&M (3-1 SEC, 1-0) won the Southwest Classic with a all-too-familiar win. Arkansas lost a 14 point lead to Arkansas inside the Dallas Cowboys’ home for the third time since 2014.
Texas A&M won overtime games in similar fashion in 2017 and 2014.
The Razorbacks led 14-7 at halftime. Jefferson lost his footing while trying to get into the end zone from the 4-yard line. Tyreek Chappell returned the ball 15 yards ahead of Demani Richardson, who took it away. He ran 82 yards for a touchdown return of 97 yards.
Arkansas led 14-13 at the halftime break after Arkansas’ extra-point attempt.
Texas A&M scored a 20-14 victory when Devon Achane ran for 9 yards touchdown. This was the culmination of a 70-yard, 6-play drive that began on Texas A&M’s first possession in the second half. The Aggies extended their lead to 23-14 when Randy Bond made a 31-yard field kick in the third quarter.
Arkansas (3-1, 1-1) struggled for 21 yards in quarter three, but found its groove with a 13 play, 74 yard drive that ended with Jefferson’s 6-yard touchdown run at 10:05 to reduce the Aggies’ lead by 23-21.
Bond missed a 53 yard field goal with 6:06 remaining to give the Razorbacks control at their 36. After a Jefferson pass of 19 yards to Matt Landers, Raheim Sanders and Jefferson ran consecutive 10 yard runs to quickly bring Arkansas within the red zone.
Little, who was a Freshman All-American in 2012, failed to score his second field goal on four attempts this season.
Jefferson showed great grit early on as the Razorbacks took a 14-0 lead. He completed first quarter touchdown passes of 32 yards to Ketron Johnson and 56 yards for Warren Thompson.
Achane ran 61 yards deep into Arkansas territory, setting up the Aggies first touchdown. Evan Stewart caught Max Johnson’s third-down pass for 10 yards and retain it for a touchdown.
Johnson, a LSU transfer, improved his record to 2-0 by becoming the Aggies’ starting quarterback. He completed 11 of 21 passes for an impressive 151 yard gain. Johnson also ran for 39 yards.
Achane was the Aggies’ leading runner with 19 carries and 159 yards.
Jefferson completed 12 out of 19 passes for 171 yard, and ran 18 times for 105 yard. He also accounted for all Arkansas touchdowns.
Sanders was held to just 68 yards by the Aggies on 17 carries. Sanders had rushed more than 100 yards in each one of the Razorbacks first three games.
Arkansas will host No. Next Saturday, 2 Alabama will be played in Fayetteville at 2:30 p.m.