ARLINGTON, Texas — The Arkansas Razorbacks and Texas A&M Aggies played a wild SEC West game at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium Saturday with the Aggies taking a 50-43 overtime victory.
In the overtime, Texas A&M faced a third-and-nine when Arkansas cornerback Kamren Curl was called for pass interference. That gave the Aggies a first down at the 10 and on the next play quarterback Kellen Mond found wide receiver Christian Kirk for a 10-yard touchdown that proved to be the game winner.
Arkansas’ possession in overtime ended when an Austin Allen pass was picked off in the A&M end zone by Armani Watts. That allowed Texas A&M (3-1 overall, 1-0 in the SEC) to win for the sixth time in a row in this series. Arkansas (1-2, 0-1) just couldn’t put the Aggies away. The Allen interception on the last play was Arkansas’ only turnover of the game.
“Obviously a tough day, a tough way to end,”Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said.
Allen desribed was the interception.
“We were running off the Mike (linebacker),” Allen said. “We had two corner routes. The one to my left was taken so I figure the one to my right was taken. I just tried to throw it low and to only where my guy would get, and their guy made a good play. I thought we were going to get it.”
The fourth quarter was some of the most exciting football of the year for both teams. Regulation ended with the game tied, 43-43. A&M place-kicker Daniel LaCamera forced overtime with a 27-yard field goal with four seconds left in regulation
Texas A&M took a 33-28 lead in the fourth period on a 37-yard field goal by LaCamera and 44-yard run by Keith Ford. The try for two failed after Ford’s run and the Aggies led 33-28 with 8:46 remaining in regulation.
The Hogs then reclaimed the lead on its next possession when Allen found Jonathan Nance for a 44-yard touchdown. Allen tossed the two-point conversion to tight end Jeremy Patton to give Arkansas a 36-33 lead with 5:21 lef.
It didn’t take long though for disaster to hit the Razorbacks game. Connor Limpert’s kickoff was returned 100 yards for a touchdown by Kirk. That allowed the Aggies to take back the lead at 40-36 with 5:10 remaining.
But like the Aggies, the Hogs weren’t finished either. Allen and the offense took over at its 25. On first down. Allen passed 31 yards to tight end Austin Cantrell to the Texas A&M 44. On second down and 15 from the Aggies 49, Allen found Nance for 45 yards to the A&M 4. On the next play, running back David Williams powered in for the touchdown and a 43-40 lead with 3:39 remaining in regulation.
The Razorbacks were coming off a bye week and jumped to a 21-7 lead in the second quarter. However the Aggies fought back and eventually took a 24-21 lead on a 23-yard run by Keith Ford with 8:48 remaining in the third quarter.
Arkansas hadn’t scored in the second half against the last three FBS opponents. That changed on Saturday with 1:53 remaining in the third quarter when Williams powered in from the 1 to put the Razorbacks up 28-24. Williams’ touchdown was set up on the previous play when Allen found him for 26 yards to the Aggies one. The touchdown ended a six-play, 71 yard drive.
The Razorback offense wasted little time getting it going after the defense limited the Aggies to one first down and then forced a punt on the game’s opening series. Arkansas put together a seven-play, 65-yard drive that ended with Allen finding Jared Cornelius for a 6-yard touchdown with 9:04 left in the opening period. Cornelius, who later left the game with a posssible Achilles injury, had three catches for 35 yards in the game.
A&M wasted little time though getting on the scoreboard as well. Facing a third-and-six at his own 19, Mond threw a pass to Kirk who had gotten behind the Arkansas secondary. That tied the game at 7 with 8:02 left in the first quarter. It stayed that way until the second quarter.
The Hogs scored on the first play of the second quarter when quarterback Cole Kelley tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Williams. After a Henre’ Toliver interception of a Mond pass, the Hogs used runs of 24 and 6 yards by Chase Hayden to take a 21-7 lead with 10:21 remaining in the first half.
The Aggies though weren’t going away quietly though and got the Arkansas lead down to 21-17 at halftime. A&M got a 27-yard field goal by Daniel LaCamera as well as an 18-yard touchdown run by Trayveon Williams.
Texas A&M coachh Kevin Sumlin remained undefeated against the Hogs with the win.
“I don’t know,” Sumlin said. “I mean, it’s another game. And so, you know, it’s a close game that we were able to win. So, with any team — young, old whatever that is — close games that you’re able to win, they help you.”