Another year, another OT win: Aggies bounce back from missed FG to down Hogs
Published 12:21 am Sunday, September 27, 2015
ARLINGTON (AP) — Kyle Allen threw for 358 yards, with a 20-yard touchdown to Christian Kirk in overtime as No. 14 Texas A&M completed another late comeback against Arkansas, winning the SEC opener 28-21 on Saturday night.
The Aggies (4-0, 1-0 SEC) had a chance to win the game on the final play of regulation, but Taylor Bertolet’s 38-yard field goal attempt was just wide right.
Allen, who was 21 of 28 passing with both of his touchdowns to Kirk, hit the true freshman receiver in the end zone on the second play of overtime.
Arkansas (1-3, 0-1) then got its chance, but DeVante Harris tipped away Brandon Allen’s pass to Drew Morgan on fourth-and-4 from the 19.
Kirk finished with eight catches for 173 yards. Josh Reynolds had three catches for 106 yards, including a 63-yard play to set up Tra Carson’s 2-yard touchdown run with 2:50 left before catching the tying 2-point conversion.
Texas A&M overcame a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter against the Razorbacks last year before winning in overtime in game played annually in the Dallas Cowboys’ NFL stadium built by Arkansas alumnus Jerry Jones.
The Aggies have won all four meetings since joining their former Southwest Conference rival in the SEC in 2012.
The Aggies have won consecutive conference openers for the first time since 2004-05, when they were still in the Big 12.
National sacks leader Myles Garrett was held without a sack until just over a minute left in regulation, when he wrapped up Brandon Allen and forced a fumble. A.J. Hilliard recovered at the Arkansas 41 before a roughing the passer penalty on the next play immediately got them into field goal range.
Garrett has 6 1/2 sacks, and the Aggies had two against an Arkansas line that hadn’t allowed one all season.
But Bertolet, who earlier made kicks of 22 and 23 yards, pushed the kick to the right of the upright.
Brandon Allen completed 20 of 25 passes for 225 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Razorbacks, who were coming off consecutive home losses to Toledo and Texas Tech.
Alex Collins ran for 151 yards, with a 4-yard touchdown that put Arkansas up 14-13 before Rawleigh Williams had a 3-yard TD in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.
This was a gut punch for the Razorbacks even if it didn’t qualify as another kick in the rear, as had been predicted by Kliff Kingsbury after the Red Raiders won in Fayetteville last week. Kingsbury’s former boss is Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin.
TEXAS STATE 14
HOUSTON (AP) — Greg Ward Jr. accounted for six touchdowns — four passing and two running — and Houston overwhelmed Texas State 59-14 Saturday night.
Ward was 17 of 21 for 274 yards and led the Cougars (3-0) in rushing with 91 yards on 10 carries.
Tyler Jones threw for 288 yards but had two interceptions for Texas State (1-3).
Ward gave Houston a 7-0 lead when he found Chance Allen from 32 yards. Jones tied the score at 7-7 on a 4-yard run near the end of the first quarter. Houston’s four second quarter touchdowns put the game out of reach.
William Jackson III had a pick-6 when he intercepted Jones and ran 35 yards to make it 42-7 just before halftime. It was the most points Houston scored in the first half since a 54-7 lead over Texas State on Sept. 4, 2010.
With 689 yards offense, the Cougars now average 591 per game.
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DALLAS (AP) — Vad Lee found John Miller with a 17-yard touchdown pass with 27 seconds left to rally James Madison past SMU, 48-45, Saturday night.
The Mustangs (1-3) rallied from 10-points down on a pair of Matt Davis touchdowns in the final 4 minutes, but left 2:04 for James Madison (4-0).