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No. 23 Texas A&M were the victims of a huge upset at home to Appalachian State two weeks ago, but on Saturday, they took down No. 10 Arkansas at AT&T Stadium, 23-21.
A wild turnover proved to be a huge difference for the win.
Arkansas was mere inches away from taking a two-touchdown lead in the second quarter. Instead, KJ Jefferson fumbled at the goal line and it was recovered by Tyreek Chappell who ran it back to the 18-yard line. But just as he was getting tackled, he handed it off to Demani Richardson who took it the rest of the 82 yards for a touchdown with 3:11 left in the half.
The Arkansas defense was able to force the Aggies to try a 53-yard field goal that missed wide left, giving the Razorbacks a chance to take the lead at their own 36 with 6:30 left. On 3rd and 6, Jefferson found Matt Landers for a gain of 19, followed by rushes of 11 and 10 yards by Raheim Sanders and Jefferson, respectively, to get to the opposing 21.
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Texas A&amp;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, Sept. 24, 2022, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
But two plays later, a bad snap pushed them back to the 25. On 4th and 13, Cam Little came on for a 42-yard field goal to give Arkansas the lead, but he doinked it off the top of the right upright. A&M was able to knee out the clock 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, Sept. 24, 2022, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
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A&M got the ball at the half, and drove 70 yards on six plays, including a 26-yard catch by Donovan Greene. Devon Achane ran it in for a nine-yard score, and the PAT gave the Aggies a 20-14 lead.
After Arkansas went three-and-out, the Aggies had a long, steady drive, and a 32-yard catch by Ainias Smith put them inside the red zone, but they wouldn’t go 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 both teams exchanged punts, the Razorbacks’ 13-play drive was capped off by a Jefferson nine-yard rushing touchdown, cutting their deficit to two points with 10:05 to go.
Achane had 159 rushing yards on 19 carries, one of them for a score, while Max Johnson completed 11 of his 21 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown.
Jefferson only threw for 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.
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, Sept. 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.