GAMEDAY College Football

Texas A&M 23, Arkansas 21

(AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas - Devon Achane rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown, Demani Richardson sprinted the final 82 yards on a wild fumble return for another score and No. 23 Texas A&M beat 10th-ranked Arkansas 23-21.

The Razorbacks (3-1, 1-1 SEC) had a chance to take the lead with 1:30 remaining, but Cam Little's 42-yard field goal attempt from the left hashmark hit near the top of the right upright - and fluttered to the ground in the end zone no good. That drive came right after the Aggies had missed a longer field goal attempt.

Texas A&M (3-1, 1-0) has back-to-back wins over ranked teams since that embarrassing 17-14 home loss to Appalachian State two weeks ago. The conference opener for the Aggies came a week after a 17-9 win over then-No. 13 Miami, which then dropped 12 spots and now will be unranked after a 45-13 loss at home against Middle Tennessee State earlier Saturday.

Arkansas led 14-0 after TD passes by KJ Jefferson on consecutive drives in the first quarter. He first threw a screen that Ketron Jackson turned into a 32-yard score before finding Warren Thompson wide open behind the secondary for a 56-yarder.

But after the Razorbacks responded to Max Johnson's 10-yard TD pass to Evan Stewart by driving 72 yards in 11 plays to the 3, Jefferson for some reason tried to leap over the blocking linemen at the 3.

Jefferson ended up going straight up instead and the ball was knocked out of his hands by linebacker Chris Russell and was picked out of the air by Tyreek Chappell, who took off the other way and found himself in the standing grasp of running back Raheim Sanders near the 20. But he somehow got the ball to Richardson who took off to the end zone.

Even though the Aggies failed to convert the tying extra point, that touchdown was part of consecutive points. They went ahead for good on Achane's 9-yard TD that capped the opening drive of the second half for a 20-14 lead.

Johnson, the LSU transfer, was 11-of-21 passing for 151 yards in his second A&M start. Jefferson completed 12 of 19 passes for 171 yards and ran 18 times for 105 yards. Jefferson had a 6-yard scoring run with 10 minutes left in the game.

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas A&M: The Aggies recovered from their slow start offensively, when they went 3-and-out on their first four drives. They trailed 14-0 before getting their initial first down on a 63-yard run by Achane midway through the second quarter.

Arkansas: The Razorbacks missed a chance to have consecutive 4-0 starts for the first time since 1988-89, which was still a couple of seasons before joining the SEC. The Hogs haven't won their first two SEC games since 2006. They got to 4-0 overall last year with a win over the Aggies, who had won nine in a row in the series before that.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter ArkTexA&M
Ark TD 9:44 Ketron Jackson Jr. 32 yard TD pass from KJ Jefferson (Cam Little Extra Point) 7 0
Ark TD 5:25 Warren Thompson 56 yard TD pass from KJ Jefferson (Cam Little Extra Point) 14 0
Second Quarter ArkTexA&M
TexA&M TD 8:45 Evan Stewart 10 yard TD pass from Max Johnson (Randy Bond Extra Point) 14 7
TexA&M TD 3:11 Demani Richardson 82 yard fumble return for TD (Nik Constantinou Kick Failed) 14 13
Third Quarter ArkTexA&M
TexA&M TD 11:41 Devon Achane 9 yard TD run (Randy Bond Extra Point) 14 20
TexA&M FG 3:48 Randy Bond 31 yard field goal 14 23
Fourth Quarter ArkTexA&M
Ark TD 10:05 KJ Jefferson 6 yard TD run (Cam Little Extra Point) 21 23
Team Stats
  Arkansas Texas A&M
First downs 24 16
  Rushing 17 7
  Passing 7 7
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 6-15, 40% 4-12, 33%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 54-244 34-274
Passing Yards 171 151
Return Yards 0 0
Completions-Attempts-Int 12-19-0 11-21-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-7 3-21
Punts 6 5
Fumbles Lost 3-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 3-30 9-65
Arkansas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Jefferson 12 19 171 2 0
Texas A&M Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Johnson 11 21 151 1 0
Arkansas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Jefferson 19 112 5.9 1
R. Sanders 16 61 3.8 0
A. Green 9 36 4.0 0
D. Johnson 5 32 6.4 0
R. Dubinion 2 17 8.5 0
M. Hornsby 1 0 0.0 0
J. Haselwood 1 -5 -5.0 0
Texas A&M Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Achane 19 159 8.4 1
M. Johnson 13 39 3.0 0
Arkansas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
W. Thompson 2 57 28.5 1
J. Haselwood 5 56 11.2 0
K. Jackson Jr. 1 32 32.0 1
M. Landers 1 19 19.0 0
T. Knox 1 8 8.0 0
N. Bax 1 0 0.0
0
M. Hornsby 1 -1 -1.0 0
Texas A&M Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Green 3 50 16.7 0
E. Stewart 3 36 12.0 1
A. Smith 1 32 32.0 0
Y. Brown 1 18 18.0 0
D. Achane 3 15 5.0 0
Arkansas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Texas A&M Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Arkansas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Fletcher 6 218 36.3
Texas A&M Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Constantinou 5 218 43.6
Arkansas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Stephens 2 0 0
Texas A&M Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Arkansas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Texas A&M Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Arkansas Missed FG
Player Length
C. Little 42
Texas A&M Missed FG
Player Length
R. Bond 53




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