Saturday’s Arkansas-Texas A&M game will likely play a big role in determining how the 2017 season transpires for the Razorbacks and Aggies.
Texas A&M defeated Arkansas 50-43 in overtime, outlasting the Razorbacks in a game that had six lead changes and 34 points scored in the fourth quarter.
The Aggies improve to 3-1 with the win, while Arkansas drops to 1-2.
SEC Country reporters Eric Bolin and Trent Shadid were on the scene for Arkansas-Texas A&M at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. You can review their in-game observations and insights below the following game summary.
Next on the schedule
The Razorbacks play host to New Mexico State in Fayetteville on Saturday, Sept. 30, at noon ET (11 a.m. CT). The game will be broadcast on SEC Network.
The Aggies square off against South Carolina in College Station at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT). That game is also on SEC Network.
Arkansas-Texas A&M live updates, score
OVERTIME – TEXAS A&M 50, ARKANSAS 43:
Razorbacks quarterback Austin Allen is intercepted in the end zone by Texas A&M defensive back Armani Watts on 3rd-and-7 to end the game.
Texas A&M freshman quarterback Kellen Mond connects with Christian Kirk for a 10-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of OT. Texas A&M 50, Arkansas 43.
FOURTH QUARTER – ARKANSAS 43, TEXAS A&M 43:
Texas A&M kicker Daniel LaCamera boots a 27-yard field goal. We’re headed to overtime in Arlington. Arkansas 43, Texas A&M 43.
David Williams scores on a 4-yard run to lift Arkansas back in front with 3:39 left. The score was set up by a 45-yard reception to Jonathan Nance from Allen. Arkansas 43, Texas A&M 40.
Kirk shocks the Razorbacks with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a game that has quickly become dizzying from all the lead changes. Texas A&M 40, Arkansas 36.
Allen connects with Nance over the top for a 44-yard touchdown pass. Allen passes to Jeremy Patton for a successful two-point conversion to put the Hogs up by three. Arkansas 36, Texas A&M 33.
Keith Ford breaks off a 44-yard touchdown run to put Texas A&M back in front. Two-point conversation fails. Texas A&M 33, Arkansas 28.
A Texas A&M drive stalls at the Arkansas 19-yard line. The Aggies kick a field goal to narrow the deficit to one point. Arkansas 28, Texas A&M 27.
THIRD QUARTER – ARKANSAS 28, TEXAS A&M 24:
David Williams finishes off a 6-play, 71-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge, putting the Razorbacks back in the lead. Arkansas 28, Texas A&M 24.
Ford rumbles for a 23-yard touchdown to give the Aggies their first lead of the game. The play completes a 9-play, 71-yard drive. Texas A&M 24, Arkansas 21.
SECOND QUARTER – ARKANSAS 21, TEXAS A&M 17:
Trayveon Williams runs up the middle for an 18-yard touchdown to cap an 82-yard drive for the Aggies. Arkansas 21, Texas A&M 17.
Mond stuns the Hogs with a 79-yard run but is called out of bounds at the 10. Replays show he remained inbounds, and the play should have been an 89-yard touchdown. Texas A&M settles for a field goal. Arkansas 21, Texas A&M 10.
An interception by Henre’ Toliver gives the Razorbacks the ball at the Texas A&M 30-yard line. Two plays later, Chase Hayden powers through the Texas A&M defense for a 6-yard touchdown run. Arkansas 21, Texas A&M 7.
After using 6-foot-7, 268-pound redshirt freshman quarterback Cole Kelley on two rushing plays, Arkansas surprises the Aggies when Kelley throws a 2-yard touchdown pass to running back David Williams. Arkansas 14, Texas A&M 7.
FIRST QUARTER – ARKANSAS 7, TEXAS A&M 7:
Texas A&M scores on its second possession when Mond eludes the Razorbacks pass rush and connects with Christian Kirk on an 81-yard touchdown pass. Arkansas 7, Texas A&M 7.
Arkansas marches down the field on its first possession, capping a 65-yard drive with a beautiful pitch-and-catch touchdown pass from Allen to Jared Cornelius on the left edge of the end zone. Arkansas 7, Texas A&M 0.
More coverage from SEC Country
- Pregame observations from AT&T Stadium
- Also see: A statistical celebration of 25 years in the SEC for Arkansas football
Pregame score predictions
Texas A&M 27, Arkansas 24
Texas A&M is seen as a terrible team for the 34-point lead it blew against UCLA. The Aggies are also the same team that built that 34-point lead in the first place. Two big reasons I have Arkansas losing: The Aggies are great on the ground and Arkansas isn’t great at stopping that; and Texas A&M’s defense, while it gives up yards, is aggressive and exotic — two things that have given the Arkansas offensive line fits in the Kurt Anderson era. — Eric Bolin
Texas A&M 31, Arkansas 21
Both teams are desperate for a win. The Hogs’ recent bye week should help them, but the Aggies have more talent across the board. I see Arkansas struggling to score in the second half once again. — John Nabors
Arkansas 21, Texas A&M 14
New defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads has the Razorbacks limiting big plays through two games this season, a major flaw of the unit a season ago. With a freshman quarterback in Kellen Mond, the Aggies will be heavily reliant on explosive plays from wide receiver Christian Kirk and running back Trayveon Williams to have a productive day offensively. Expect Arkansas’ defense to win the day by preventing huge gains from either player and force a couple turnovers by Mond in a close win. — Trent Shadid