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Texas A&M beats Arkansas in overtime again

By The Associated Press

This article was published September 23, 2017 at 3:23 p.m.

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Arkansas defensive back Santos Ramirez (9) defends as Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk (3) catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown during overtime of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. Texas A&M won 50-43. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Arkansas-Texas A&M

September 23, 2017

Armani Watts intercepted a pass in overtime and Texas A&M extended its win streak to six games against Arkansas with a 50-43 victory on Saturday.

Christian Kirk had given the Aggies the lead on a 10-yard touchdown reception, his third score of the day, on the first possession of overtime before Watts intercepted Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen in the end zone on a third-down play.

"We made a great call and executed it. And, really, we worked on that play actually all week, tight end, getting that fullback on him," Watts said. "And Tyrel (Dodson) was covering it well, but I just saw the ball, so I just attacked it."

It was the third time in four years that A&M and Arkansas needed overtime to decide a winner, and the Aggies continued to serve as a stumbling block for the Razorbacks.

The Aggies are now 6-0 in the series since joining the SEC in 2012 and, along with No. 1 Alabama, are one of two SEC West teams that Arkansas have failed to defeat during that time.

"Very disappointing, the guys are crushed," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. "But obviously three games into a season where we've a lot of football in front of us. If they can fight that way for four quarters the rest of the year they're going to be all right."

The lead changed hands four times in the fourth quarter before Texas A&M kicker Daniel LaCamera tied it at 43 on 27-yard field goal with four seconds remaining.

Keith Ford's 44-yard run gave Texas A&M a 33-28 lead with 8:46 remaining. Arkansas then countered when Jonathan Nance caught a 44-yard touchdown pass with 5:21 to go to restore the lead at 36-33.

That lead lasted 11 seconds after Kirk returned the ensuing kick-off 100 yards for a score, giving A&M another brief lead before David Williams scored on 4-yard run with 3:39 remaining.

While the Arkansas tied the game eventually, Kirk's kickoff return was a big moment for the Aggies.

"It gave us confidence, really," Ford said. "We already knew it was going to be a struggle, but there was just a little bit more fight in us. So that was a big play from him, and it really shifted the game around."

Texas A&M could have gone for the win on its final regulation possession after it reached the Arkansas 21-yard line with 55 seconds remaining. Instead of throwing the ball the Aggies ran it three times up the middle before kicking the field goal.

"Once we got to the 30-yard line we felt good about our kicker, we felt good about where we were with the time on the clock," Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said. "It it goes into overtime it goes into overtime. We just don't want to lose our opportunity right here with a young guy. So we kind of took it out of his hands and ran it and kicked it."

Allen completed 12 of 25 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns, with 100 of those yards to Nance on three receptions.

Kellen Mond completed 14 of 27 passes for 216 yards and ran for 109 more. Ford ran for 102 yards and had a pair of touchdowns.

The Aggies had to overcome a bit of bad luck in the first half after a review of a big play didn't go their way.

In the second quarter Mond appeared to score on an 89-yard touchdown run, but was ruled out of bounds at the 10-yard line. It was clear in replays that Mond didn't step out of bounds, and the SEC issued a statement that the call was incorrect, but since the whistle had blown it was a dead play at the 10.

Three plays later A&M had to settle for a 27-yard field goal, cutting the score to 21-10.

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas A&M: The Aggies have been looking for an offensive boost after blowing a 34-point lead against UCLA and struggling for stretches offensively in wins against Nicholls State and Louisiana-Lafayette. They found a spark with explosive plays on Saturday. Texas A&M had four plays of 44 yards or more that either scored or helped spark scoring drives.

Arkansas: Bret Bielema had been feeling the heat after his career record at Arkansas dropped to 26-27 with a 28-7 loss to TCU on Sept. 9. He's not going to get any relief after losing to A&M and dropping to 10-23 all-time in SEC games.

JERRY'S WORLD

Arkansas wore a new uniform to pay homage to Arkansas alum and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

The red uniform was a Cowboys-Razorbacks crossover look. The base was the Cowboys home jersey with red instead of blue and Arkansas logos instead of the NFL team's. Jones was a co-captain on Arkansas' 1964 national championship team and he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August.

UP NEXT

Texas A&M: Returns to Kyle Field to host South Carolina looking to improve 4-0 all-time against the Gamecocks.

Arkansas: Host a non-conference game against New Mexico State and are trying to improve to 6-0 in the series.

Read Sunday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Tigermule says... September 23, 2017 at 3:29 p.m.

does anybody think we need a new coaching staff up on the hill?

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rarebird says... September 23, 2017 at 3:37 p.m.

Beliema & Jeff Long both-----BYE BYE.

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Retiredofit says... September 23, 2017 at 3:40 p.m.

Anyone a Britney Spears fan……ooooppps I did it again. Since we already pay the Beilema's, can we get Jen to coach. She would look more professional on the sideline… Brett looks pregnant. I guess that's what 5 million a year will get you. Not a players issue.....it's a coaching issue.

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GDB58 says... September 23, 2017 at 3:40 p.m.

We don't need new coaches, just need more people to up their donations to the athletic program.

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gohogs17 says... September 23, 2017 at 3:42 p.m.

Anyone surprised by the outcome? Allowing 50 points means we have no defense, losing to a so-so team like A&M means we have no coaching. Isn't it time for a coach with a 26-28 record to go?

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GeneralMac says... September 23, 2017 at 4:21 p.m.

The Hogs will trounce New Mexico State and all will be forgiven and forgotten.

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HenryP says... September 23, 2017 at 4:26 p.m.

The poor recruiting classes of the last few years is obvious. A&M four star freshmen are better than our three star upper classmen. I believe this is a direct result of the circus Jeff Long made of the UofA when he fired Petrino for the whole world to see and then followed that with JLS> Who in their right mind would hire a coach in bankruptcy cour?. Don't forget SEC Hall of Fame coach Phil Fulmer wanted the job....

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JakeTidmore says... September 23, 2017 at 4:28 p.m.

Woo spelled backwards? Oow! (As in 'this one hurt, buster')

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DerbiRider says... September 23, 2017 at 4:28 p.m.

What was that look on Bielema's face after being owned by A&M again. Looked kinda like 'I guess I'll have to take a downgrade for my next gig'.

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DEE672 says... September 23, 2017 at 4:41 p.m.

Beilema is a fat headed tub of lard. He is so fat he can barely walk. I have witnesses to vouch for my saying when he was hired "this is a mistake" , there is something wrong with him and I am gradually thinking I get it. He is so scared of losing he plays "not to lose" rather than playing to WIN. Before the half he dithered away almost 2 minutes when he could have tried to move the ball down the field. He is completely charmless and will never connect with southern guys and families for recruits because he comes from northern areas with almost no black people . How did it come about that we can't fire a bad coach unless we pay him 15 million dollars??

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