Manziel, Aggies Edge Arkansas
Arkansas went toe-to-toe with No. 10 ranked Texas A&M but the Aggies had more punches to throw on defense.
Texas A&M got a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown in the opening minute of the second half and that propelled the Aggies to a 45-33 win at Razorback Stadium.
Arkansas looked to have the momentum as they scored 10 straight points to close the first half, cutting Texas A&M’s lead to 24-20, but the turnover turned the tables.
Reigning Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel wasn’t nearly as effective as his previous meeting with Arkansas but he caused the Razorbacks’ defense plenty of issues. Manziel was 22-of-30 passing for 261 yards and two scores while adding 59 yards rushing. Manziel accounted for more than 550 yards when the two met in College Station in the 2012 season.
Brandon Allen started for Arkansas and played well but the third quarter turnover was the turning point. Allen finished 17-of-36 for 282 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. A pair of freshman proved to be the biggest weapons for Arkansas. Tight end Hunter Henry had four catches for 109 yards, including a 52-yard reception that set up a second quarter field goal. Running back Alex Collins had 116 yards on 14 attempts and a third quarter score.
Arkansas was outgained 523-483.
Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans continued his hot start to the season as he had six catches for 116 yards and two scores, both of which came in the first half. Evans entered the game as the second leading receiver at the FCS level.
Jonathan Williams accounted for 120 total yards, including 67 yards receiving and two touchdowns.