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Number 23 Texas A&M was the victim of a massive upset at home in Appalachian State two weeks ago, but on Saturday they knocked down number 10 Arkansas at AT&T Stadium, 23-21.
A wild turnover proved a huge difference to the win.
Arkansas was just inches from taking a two-touchdown lead in the second quarter. Instead, KJ Jefferson fiddled with the goal line and it was found by Tyreek Chappell, who guided him back to the 18-yard line. But just as he was tackled, he handed it over to Demani Richardson, who took the rest of the 82 yards for a touchdown with 3:11 left at half.
The Arkansas defense was able to force the Aggies to attempt a 53-yard field goal that missed wide left, giving the Razorbacks a chance to take the lead on their own 36 with 6:30 to go. On 3rd and 6th, Jefferson found Matt Landers for a win of 19, followed by rushes of 11 and 10 yards respectively by Raheim Sanders and Jefferson to get to the opponent’s 21.
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But two plays later, a bad snap pushed them back to the 25. On the 4th and 13th, Cam Little came on for a 42-yard field goal to give Arkansas the lead, but he dove it off the top of the right-post. A&M managed to squeeze the clock for the win.
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A&M got the ball at halftime and drove 70 yards on six plays, including a 26-yard flyout by Donovan Greene. Devon Achane took it in for a score of nine yards and the PAT gave the Aggies a 20-14 lead.
After Arkansas was three-and-out, the Aggies had a long, steady drive, and a 32-yard catch from Ainias Smith put them inside the red zone, but they wouldn’t go any further and had to settle for a field goal. However, they gave them a 23-14 lead with 3:48 left in the third.
After both teams traded punts, the Razorbacks’ 13-play drive was capped by a Jefferson nine-yard rushing touchdown, narrowing their deficit to two points with 10:05 remaining.
Achane had 159 rushing yards on 19 carries, including one for a score, while Max Johnson completed 11 of his 21 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown.
Jefferson threw only 171 yards, but ran for another 105 as the team’s leading rusher. Warren Thompson had two catches for 57 yards and a touchdown, while Jadon Haselwood had 56 yards on five catches.
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Texas A&M will visit the state of Mississippi next Saturday, while Arkansas will host Alabama.
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