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