Final Score: Texas A&M 35, Arkansas 28
It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t always pretty. But sixth-ranked Texas A&M is still undefeated after a nail-biting 35-28 overtime win Saturday over Arkansas at AT&T Stadium.
With Johnny Manziel watching from the sideline, the Aggies had to dig their way out of a 2-touchdown deficit and won it when Kenny Hill orchestrated a fourth-quarter comeback and followed through in overtime.
Click here for a full box score and read on for a recap.
Arkansas Took the Lead on a Fake Punt
The Hogs took the lead when the most unlikely player on the field scored on a 51-yard touchdown run: Punter Sam Irwin-Hill, who took it to the house on a fake punt to put Arkansas up 21-14 with 1:03 left in the first half.
The Hogs stretched the lead to 28-14 on a 44-yard touchdown strike from Brandon Allen to AJ Derby with 5:02 left in the third quarter.
A&M answered with an 86-yard touchdown pass from Hill to Edward Pope that made it 28-21 with 11:59 left in the game.
A&M Tied it With a 59-Yard Touchdown Pass
After a missed field goal gave A&M a chance to stage a game-tying drive, Hill connected with Josh Reynolds down the right sideline for a 59-yard touchdown strike that tied the game at 28 with 2:09 left.
A&M forced Arkansas to punt on its ensuing possession and had a chance to get into field goal range in the final minute, but the Aggies’ drive stalled out, sending the game to overtime.
Hill Threw a Touchdown Pass on the 1st Play of Overtime
The Aggiest got the ball first in overtime and wasted no time scoring. Hill hit Malcome Kennedy down the middle of the field for a 25-yard touchdown on the first play of overtime, giving the Aggies a 35-28 lead and putting Arkansas in a do-or-die situation on its first overtime possession.
With the game on the line, the A&M defense came up with a key stop, stuffing the Hogs on 4th-and-2 to win it.
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