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ARLINGTON, Texas — When issues may have spiraled uncontrolled like that they had so many occasions earlier than within the sequence, Arkansas regained its composure and at last snapped its nine-game shedding streak in opposition to Texas A&M on Saturday.
Clinging to a one-possession lead with their beginning quarterback injured, the No. 16 Razorbacks got here down with an interception and pushed their result in the ultimate rating of 20-10 over the No. 7 Aggies inside AT&T Stadium.
Cam Little’s 24-yard kick, his second of the sport, gave Arkansas the cushion it wanted to expire the remainder of the clock and beat Texas A&M for the primary time since 2011.
With the win, Arkansas is 4-0 for the primary time since 2003 and 1-0 in SEC play for the primary time since 2010, heading into what might be a top-10 showdown at Georgia subsequent week.
Despite enjoying the second half hobbled, quarterback KJ Jefferson completed the sport 7 of 15 for 212 yards and two touchdowns. He – and backup Malik Hornsby – guided the Razorbacks to a 443-yard efficiency, whereas the protection restricted Texas A&M to only 272 yards.
On the sport’s opening possession, Texas A&M received close to midfield earlier than being pressured to punt. The Razorbacks instantly gashed the Aggies’ protection for a number of chunk runs, however the drive stalled out after a false begin and dropped move, in order that they needed to accept a 46-yard discipline purpose by Little halfway via the primary quarter.
It appeared like Texas A&M would reply, because it drove into Arkansas territory, however the Razorbacks sniffed out a display for a lack of 6 and a false begin pushed it out of discipline purpose vary they usually ultimately needed to punt it away.
On the subsequent play, Jefferson discovered Treylon Burks streaking down the sideline and hit him in stride for an 85-yard bomb to make it 10-0. The play put Burks over 100 receiving yards earlier than the top of the quarter and he completed with 167 on six catches.
Arkansas wanted a third-down conversion on its subsequent drive and it received that and extra. AJ Green caught a move within the flats to maneuver the chains, however then broke or prevented three would-be tacklers on his strategy to the top zone for a 48-yard rating to provide the Razorbacks a 17-0 lead early within the second quarter.
It wasn’t till its fourth possession that Arkansas lastly needed to punt. Luckily for the Razorbacks, their protection shortly received the ball again – overcoming a move interference penalty that erased what would have been a three-and-out. Tre Williams delivered his third sack of the season to power the punt.
Although a holding penalty – considered one of eight first-half flags on Arkansas – put it in a a third-and-long state of affairs, Jefferson accomplished a move to Burks close to the crimson zone that was simply shy of the road to realize.
Instead of taking the factors and going up 20, the Razorbacks went for the jugular. They hurried to the road and went for it, however Smith – who rushed for a team-high 82 yards – was met by linebacker Aaron Hansford on the line of scrimmage for a turnover on downs.
The Aggies capitalized by placing collectively a two-minute drill that included a third-down completion from Zach Calzada to Jalen Preston. Arkansas’ protection ultimately stiffened, although, and held them to a protracted discipline purpose.
Seth Small’s 49-yard kick received Texas A&M on the board with 21 seconds left within the half, pulling it inside 17-3. However, the 14-point margin felt a lot bigger, as Arkansas out-gained the Aggies 307-134 within the first half.
The Razorbacks had an opportunity to reply after halftime, however Jefferson was shaken up on the primary play of the half when he was pushed out of bounds. He crashed into the bench and got here up limping, however stayed within the recreation.
After the punt, Jefferson went to the medical tent. He remained within the recreation after Arkansas pressured a three-and-out, however the drive went nowhere.
Facing one other three-and-out, Isaiah Spiller discovered some house and out ran the Razorbacks’ protection for a 67-yard landing run up the center that pulled the Aggies inside 17-10 halfway via the third quarter.
Following an incomplete move on the subsequent Arkansas possession, backup quarterback Malik Hornsby entered the sport. He picked up 16 yards on his first play, however the offense couldn’t get right into a groove and the Razorbacks needed to punt when he was sacked on third down.
With the offense floundering, Arkansas leaned on its protection and it delivered. Calzada threw a move off middle Bryce Foster’s helmet, inflicting it to deflect into the air, and Montaric Brown made a diving interception.
That set the Razorbacks up in Texas A&M territory they usually lastly managed to place a drive along with Hornsby at quarterback. They really received all the way down to the 1-yard line earlier than Beaux Limmer false began to again them up on third down.
After a harmful move by Hornsby went off Blake Kern’s fingers and fell incomplete, Arkansas settled for a 24-yard discipline purpose by Little that pushed its result in 20-10 with 8:39 remaining.
Another three-and-out by the Aggies gave the ball again to Arkansas and Jefferson got here again within the recreation at quarterback. They moved the chains as soon as, however ate up practically 4 minutes of the clock earlier than punting it again.
Needing to attain twice with simply over three minutes remaining, Texas A&M needed to go for it on fourth down and didn’t convert. That gave the ball again to Arkansas, which was in a position to run out the remainder of the clock.