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Manziel, Aggies too much in 45-33 win

By Matt Jones

This article was published September 28, 2013 at 9:33 p.m.

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Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) tosses the ball during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

— Arkansas held Johnny Manziel in-check for the final two quarters Saturday night, but the Razorbacks couldn't account for Texas A&M's run game in a 45-33 loss to the No. 10 Aggies at rain-soaked Razorback Stadium.

Texas A&M rushed for 150 yards in the second half, holding off a strong effort from the upset-minded home team. The Aggies had a pair of touchdown drives totaling nine and seven plays after halftime in which Manziel never attempted a pass.

Arkansas pulled within 38-33 on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Allen to Jonathan Williams late in the third quarter, but the Razorbacks could get no closer. Ben Malena's 1-yard touchdown run with 10:08 remaining capped the scoring.

Texas A&M (4-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) led by as many as 17 points in the first half, but Arkansas pulled within 24-20 by the intermission when Zach Hocker connected on a 39-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter.

Arkansas had several chances to take the lead in the second half, but could never break through. After the Razorbacks got the ball first after halftime, Deshazor Everett returned an Allen interception 34 yards on the possession to extend the Aggies' lead to 31-20.

Arkansas responded with a 4-play drive capped by a 9-yard Alex Collins touchdown run to pull closer, but the Aggies had an answer. Texas A&M's 9-play, 68-yard drive didn't include a pass and Trey Williams finished it with a 17-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 38-27.

Manziel, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, was as advertised early in the game, leading Texas A&M on scoring drives in each of its first four possessions. Manziel hit Mike Evans for 49 yards on the first play from scrimmage and gave the Aggies the lead with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Evans later in the possession.

Manziel, who finished the game with 320 yards of total offense, passed for two touchdowns. He had accounted for 557 yards of offense in a 58-10 win over the Razorbacks last season.

Arkansas tied the game on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Allen to Keon Hatcher, but Manziel had the Aggies in the end zone again a little more than two minutes later when Malena scored on a 2-yard run.

The teams combined for 1,006 yards of total offense, reminiscent of their days as members in the high-scoring Southwest Conference. Arkansas won three consecutive matchups after the teams resumed their series as a nonconference game in Cowboys Stadium in 2009, but Texas A&M is 2-0 in games between the teams as SEC foes.

The Aggies improved to 15-3 overall since the move to the league prior to last season, including a perfect 5-0 record in SEC road games.

In his first game back from a shoulder injury suffered two weeks ago, Allen was effective for the Razorbacks, completing 17 of 36 passes for 282 yards and 3 touchdowns, but he was intercepted twice, including with 2:45 remaining in the game.

Williams was the recipient of two of Allen's touchdown passes, each totaling 19 yards. Williams also rushed for 53 yards.

Freshman tight end Hunter Henry had 4 catches for 109 yards, including back-to-back catches of 21 and 26 yards to set up a third quarter touchdown.

Collins had his fourth 100-yard rushing performance in his fifth career game, finishing with 116 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

Arkansas (3-2, 0-1 SEC) has lost two consecutive games with three straight matchups against top 20 teams coming up in the month of October. The Razorbacks will travel to No. 20 Florida next weekend.

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arkateacher54_aol.com says... September 28, 2013 at 10:16 p.m.

Proud of the Hogs. Good things ahead

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mcmilch says... September 28, 2013 at 11:15 p.m.

Get used to it Arkansas, a Bielema coached team could not win a close game if they opposition walked off the field in the 3rd quarter. I keep telling everyone they hired the wrong guy they should have hired Barry Alvarez. Alvarez is the master of leveraging talent. I does not matter who is coaching at Wisconsin.

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franglary says... September 29, 2013 at 7:43 a.m.

Aggie coaches must have heard Beilema's comment about opposing teams not wanting to play his team in the 4th quarter. How his teams dominate and run at will on a gassed opponent. Oh, how the tables were turned. Maybe Beilema shouldn't make such statements until he plays an SEC schedule? It hurts when you can't back up your bragging.

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einsteinlives says... September 29, 2013 at 9:08 a.m.

Thanks Aggies!! You guys just made me a ton of money

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drs01 says... September 29, 2013 at 9:57 a.m.

This Arkansas team lacks the killer instinct. Three times they had an opportunity to shift big "mo" by taking the lead. Three times they failed. Last week, the couldn't finish against Rutgers. Now they will face a murderer's row of quality SEC teams. A&M was able to abandon Johnny ball and run it down our throats. We couldn't stop them. The rain helped keep this one from a real blowout. I don't see "good things" ahead this season.

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Baldguy says... September 29, 2013 at 11:40 a.m.

Gave up my subscription a while back, what's Wally blaming this one on, bad calls, cheating, or both?

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