No. 23 Texas A&M’s fumble recovery handed in for a touchdown propels Aggies over No. 10 Arkansas

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No. 23 Texas A&M's fumble recovery handed in for a touchdown propels Aggies over No. 10 Arkansas
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No. 23 Texas A&M suffered a huge upset at home against Appalachia State two weeks ago, but on Saturday they beat No. 10 Arkansas at AT&T Stadium, 23-21.

A wild turnover turned out to be a huge difference to the win.

Arkansas was only inches away from taking a two-touchdown lead in the second quarter. Instead, KJ Jefferson fumbled over the goal line and he was picked up by Tyreek Chappell who brought him back to the 18-yard line. But just as he was getting tackled, he handed it over to Demani Richardson who took the rest of the 82 yards for a touchdown with 3:11 left in the half.

Arkansas’ defense was able to force the Aggies to go for a 53-yard field goal that missed wide on the left, giving the Razorbacks a chance to take a lead at their own 36 with 6:30 to go. On the 3rd and 6th, Jefferson found Matt Landers for a 19 gain, followed by rushes from 11 and 10 yards from Raheim Sanders and Jefferson, respectively, to get to the opposing 21.

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Texas A&M wide receiver Evan Stewart (1) celebrates his touchdown during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Arkansas on Saturday September 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.
(AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

But two plays later, a bad shot pushed them back to the 25th. On the 4th and 13th, Cam Little scored a 42-yard field goal to give Arkansas the lead, but he knocked it off the top of the post right. A&M managed to get down on one knee for the win.

Texas A&M Running Back Devon Achane (6) Carries The Ball During The First Half Of The Team's Ncaa College Football Game Against Arkansas On Saturday September 24, 2022 In Arlington, Texas.

Texas A&M running back Devon Achane (6) carries the ball during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Arkansas on Saturday September 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.
(AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

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A&M got the ball back at halftime and went for 70 yards on six plays, including a 26-yard catch by Donovan Greene. Devon Achane ran for a score of nine yards, and the PAT gave the Aggies a 20-14 lead.

After Arkansas went to three, the Aggies had a long steady drive, and a 32-yard catch by Ainias Smith put them inside the red zone, but they went no further and had to settle for a field goal. They did, however, give them a 23-14 lead with 3:48 left in the third.

After the two teams traded punts, the Razorbacks’ 13-play drive was capped off with a nine-yard touchdown from Jefferson, cutting their deficit to two with 10:05 left.

Achane rushed for 159 yards on 19 carries, including one for a score, while Max Johnson completed 11 of 21 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown.

Jefferson threw for just 171 yards but rushed for another 105 as the team’s top rusher. Warren Thompson had two catches for 57 yards and a touchdown, while Jadon Haselwood had 56 yards on five catches.

Texas A&M Wide Receiver Evan Stewart (1) Celebrates His Touchdown During The First Half Of The Team's Ncaa College Football Game Against Arkansas On Saturday September 24, 2022 In Arlington, Texas.

Texas A&M wide receiver Evan Stewart (1) celebrates his touchdown during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Arkansas on Saturday September 24, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.
(AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

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Texas A&M will visit Mississippi State next Saturday, while Arkansas will host Alabama.

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