Texas A&M had 404 yards total offense by intermission (225 via the ground), a 35-17 lead and looked like it was going to rout its old SWC and future SEC foe.
This on top of last week's 38-14 flogging at Alabama had the program – and thus the fans - reeling.
But the Razorbacks didn't roll over and neither did Arkansas fans in the crowd of 69,838, something that didn't get past head coach Bobby Petrino.
"A lot of them could have left at halftime," Petrino said of the fans. "They stayed and that made a difference on some of those third and fourth downs to have the crowd behind us like that. They were great."
Ronnie Wingo had 11 carries for 35 yards, but the rest of the rushers combined to lose 18 yards.
Tyler Wilson was 30-of-51 passing for a school-record 510 yards – the fifth-best day in the history of the SEC - and Jarius Wright hauled in a school-record tying 13 catches for a school-record 281 yards in leading the Razorbacks to the win.
Arkansas did not have the lead during the game until Broderick Green's 3-yard run – his second score of the day – with 1:41 left in the contest.
"Wow, what a day's work," Petrino said. "It took a full day's work to win that one. Very, very proud of our football team. We came in at halftime and talked a lot about competing, tackling better, running full speed to the football.
"Offensively, we needed to believe that we could come back and win the game," Petrino added.
It was not over until Arkansas came up with a huge fourth-and-2 stop at the A&M 39 yard line.
Ironically, Aggies tailback Christine Michael – who had a game-high 230 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 32 carries – was stuffed on that play by Razorback defenders D.D. Jones, Zach Stadther and Alonzo Highsmith.
"We definitely felt like the fourth-and-2, they were going to run the ball on that," Petrino said. "I thought we made a nice call and we did a really nice job with our surge up front at the pad level."
Wilson and Wright certainly had the best days of their careers with Wright having the school record by halftime with 9 catches for 171 yards.
That included a 68-yard connection between the pair after Texas A&M (2-2) had jumped out to a 14-0 lead.
"There's not a lot you can say," Petrino said. "It's pretty awesome. Jarius was just out there competing; he was extremely fast in this game. I think our speed showed up on the offensive side at wide receiver. Tyler did an extremely good job of standing in there, competing and playing one play at a time."
Texas A&M lost the game despite having a whopping 628 yards of total offense to Arkansas' 581.
The Razorbacks won despite having just 71 yards rushing with Dennis Johnson (8-54), Green (9-27) and Ronnie Wingo (6-24), but sacks taking away yardage.
The Aggies rushed for 386 yards with Cyrus Gray adding 100 to Michael's big day, but could score only a point after halftime.
It was very similar to their 30-29 loss to Oklahoma State at home last week in a game in which A&M led 20-3 at halftime. Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman was searching for answers after the second straight collapse.
"Certainly a disappointing second half of football," Sherman said. "I thought we came out in the first half and played a solid first half. We made some mistakes on defense that I thought we were able to shore up at halftime. But again, pretty much the same plate as last week. Too little, too late."
The Aggies had a fumble and an interception – taken in by Arkansas cornerbacks Greg Gatson and Tevin Mitchel – that stymied second-half drives.
"I do think we are contributing to our demise in the second half," Sherman said. "We definitely have to play better, coach better and be better in order to win football games. Certainly that is a struggle for us at this point.
"Each player in that locker room has to look at themselves, as well as the coaches, and figure out what we could all have done better," Sherman said. "You look at the stats and you could justify different things. The bottom line is that we didn't do enough in the second half to win the football game."
Arkansas won the football game despite not having a plethora of injured starters.
Both starting defensive ends – Jake Bequette and Tenarius Wright – did not play and neither did starting cornerback Isaac Madison.
Madison was soon joined on the sideline by fellow starting cornerback Darius Winston – who was injured (ankle) during the game as was wideout Joe Adams (ribs).
Texas A&M jumped ahead 14-0 on its first two drives when Michael scores on TD runs of 48 and 4.
Wilson's 68-yard to Wright helped Arkansas steady itself for a minute and cut it to 14-7 with 2:56 left.
Gray (1) and Michael (29) sandwiched TD runs around a short one by Green to give the Aggies a 28-14 lead with 7:05 left before halftime.
Zach Hocker's 32-yard field goal cut it 28-17 with 3:05 left, but the Aggies drove the field for what looked like a demoralizing end to the half for the Razorbacks.
When Gray ran in untouched from the 4-yard line with 9 seconds remaining before intermission and Randy Bullock added the PAT, Texas A&M seemed in command.
The game clearly changed after the break.
"I think we played harder, played faster and tackled better," Petrino said. "They made some really nice runs (in the first half) that made us look like we didn't tackle good. Basically I think we came out and competed harder."
Hocker's 32-yard field goal got the ball rolling in the third quarter and Ronnie Wingo's 13-yard TD reception cut it to 35-27 with 7:29 left.
What might have been the biggest play of the game came early in the fourth quarter and led to the Razorbacks deadlocking the score.
Cobi Hamilton caught a short pass and turned upfield only to lose the ball into the end zone.
Wright came from across the field and ended up jumping on the ball for a touchdown.
When Wilson ran in the 2-point coversion, the game was tied 35-35 with 11 minutes left in the game.
"I saw the receiver catch the ball and I am the type of guy that loves to block down field," Wright said. "I was running over there to get a block and saw the ball come out and I had it in my head that I was going to get that ball."
The Aggies used 16 plays to drive 74 yards, but had to settle for Bullock's field goal and opened the door for the Razorbacks to win it.
It took Arkansas nine plays, but they blitzed 80 yards for the score.
Wilson and Wright had a big 31-yard connection in that drive, A&M helped out with a pass interference penalty and Johnson had three tough runs that picked up first downs.
Green, who had not played this season after tearing his ACL, got the honor of scoring the touchdown on a 3-yard run with 1:41 remaining.
The Arkansas defense then stuffed Michael on first down and Green got a first down to seal the victory.
Mitchel had a game-high 13 tackles while linebacker Jerry Franklin had 11 and Elton Ford 10 for the Razorbacks.
That gives the Razorbacks momentum heading into next week's home game with defending national champion Auburn.
"I thought we just kept playing, played hard," Petrino said. "If you play hard and work, good things will happen."
Tyler Wilson had a record-setting day with 510 yards passing.
Ronnie Wingo caught a 13-yard TD pass.
Jarius Wright had a school-record 227 yards receiving on 9 catches in the first half alone and finished with 13 receptions for 281 yards.
Tevin Mitchel and Tramain Thomas arrive to try and corral Texas A&M's Jeff Fuller.
Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino calls a timeout in the opening half.
Dennis Johnson was Arkansas' leading rusher with 54 yards on 8 carries.