That Winning Feeling

Arkansas players Jarius Wright, Broderick Green, Greg Gatson and Tevin Mitchel share their thoughts on the Razorbacks' rally over the Aggies on Saturday.

ARLINGTON, Texas – It's not often you break a school record, much less before halftime.

But that's just what wide receiver Jarius Wright did Saturday, something that he wasn't aware of and did not care about when it happened.

That's because his team was down 35-17 as he and the other Arkansas players trodded to their locker room.

"I didn't even know about the record, but it would have meant nothing to me if we had not won this football game," Wright said. "You know me. I'm about winning, not about setting records."

He had the opportunity to experience both on Saturday as he caught a school-record tying 13 passes for a school-record 281 yards.

Wright had 9 of those catches for 227 yards before halftime, but wanted mostly to talk about the Razorbacks' comeback.

"We practice so hard throughout the week that we are ready for any situation," Wright said. "From quick to no huddle situations, those plays work for us. They (the Aggies) kind of got tired and we exposed that."

Wright got a lot of his yardage by working the middle of the field.

"That is something we had seen before the game," Wright said. "We'd seen a lot of film and noticed that they left the middle open. They did it against us and we made them pay."

He joined quarterback Tyler Wilson (510 yards passing) in setting school records.

"I have always trusted Jarius Wright," Wilson said. "He is a great route runner, smart, finds passing lanes and I think we've got a good chemistry. That showed today. He found a way to get open and I find a way to get it to him."

In addition to the single game records, Wright moved into third on Arkansas' all-time receiving yards list with 2,295 yards.

He also moved ahead of current teammate Joe Adams with the seventh 100-plus yards day of his career.

"All that is great, but we could not lose this game and that is the thing I will remember most," Wright said. "We had to win this game, we had to come back after halftime and get it done. We came together as a team and did that. It feels good."

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One of the unsung heros on Saturday was senior tailback Broderick Green, who saw his first action of the season.

He came back early from a torn ACL suffered in spring practice.

"First of all, I just want to thank God just for being blessed to be back in this situation," Green said. "I worked so hard over the summer from the course of my injury and I just want to thank Matt Summers and the training staff, the strength and conditioning staff and Coach Petrino for giving me a chance to come back."

Green had 27 yards rushing on 9 carries and scored two touchdowns in his return.

He could have appealed for a medical redshirt, but chose to come back this season instead.

"I prayed about the situation, talked to my family and felt this was the best decision for me and I am glad I had the chance to come back and help my team," Green said.

To get the game-winning touchdown made it even better.

"It felt great," Green said. "I haven't scored a touchdown in awhile. I haven't even been out there with those guys in five months so it is amazing."

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With starting cornerbacks Isaac Madison and Darius Winston both injured, Arkansas turned to reserves Greg Gatson and Tevin Mitchel.

Gatson is a senior while Mitchel is a true freshman and both came up with turnovers.

"We were just out there trying to compete and make plays," Gatson said. "We both just played hard and tried to get better in the second half."

Mitchel is a former Texas prep standout.

"I was surprised by the reps I got," Mitchel said. "I just stepped in, kept my technique, played hard and did what I had to do. It was my first big game and I think I prepared well."

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