No. 23 Texas A&M’s 23-21 win over No. 10 Arkansas was hanging in the balance Saturday night when Razorbacks kicker Cam Little’s 42-yard field goal attempt found its way towards the post, 1 :30 before the end. Then, in a cruel stroke of fate for the runner-up, the football bounced off the top of the right goal post, shot into the air and then missed in the end zone.
From there, the Aggies ticked the clock to a win in their SEC opener. It was one of two heartbreaking plays that cost the Razorbacks dearly in an SEC West showdown that went to the wire. While the Arkansas overtook Texas A&M by a total of 415-343, they have netted just once in their last eight games after taking an early 14-0 lead. Meanwhile, Texas A&M generated just enough offense as Devon Achane rushed for 159 yards on 19 carries to record his second straight win since a shocking home loss to Appalachian State in Week 2.
Perhaps if it weren’t for another bizarre play late in the first half, Little’s late field goal attempt wouldn’t have been necessary. On the cusp of taking a two-ball lead with 3:31 left in the second quarter, disaster struck and turned the momentum in the Aggies’ favour. Quarterback KJ Jefferson faced a first-and-goal from the 3-yard line and was attempting to vault over a pile of defenders when the football came loose and landed in the hands of Texas A&M’s Tyreek Chappell, who put him about 15 yards ran.
Then, just when it seemed like his forward had quit and the game could be blown up, Chappell handed the football to Demani Richardson, who carried it another 83 yards for a stunning touchdown. Although the Aggies screwed up the extra point attempt, the wild turnover and score probably made up a 13-point swing in a single game.
Together, the bizarre missed field goal and 98-yard fumble return made the difference for Texas A&M, who host No. 2 Alabama next week in a highly anticipated game that will have big implications for the division title.
https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/texas-a-m-vs-arkansas-score-no-23-aggies-hang-on-as-wild-mistakes-prove-costly-for-no-10-razorbacks/ Texas A&M vs. Arkansas Scoring: Aggie’s No. 23 holds out while wild mistakes prove costly for Razorback’s No. 10