For the second week in a row, Texas A&M built a big halftime lead against a top 20 opponent, only to lose the lead and game.
Last week it was Oklahoma State, this week Arkansas.
Texas A&M scored first. After forcing Arkansas 3-and-out on their first possession, it took the Aggies just 3 plays to score, a 26-yard run by quarterback Ryan Tannehill, a 5-yard completion from Tannehill to running back Christine Michael, and the Christine Michael raced 48 yards for a touchdown. Randy Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a 7-0 lead at the 12:48 mark in the first quarter.
Another Hog 3-and-out, another long Aggie touchdown drive that included a 44-yard catch-and-run by Ryan Swope and a 4-yard touchdown run by Christine Michael. Bullock's extra point gave Texas A&M a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Third Arkansas possession, third punt. The Aggies looked to be driving for another score when a long pass attempt by Ryan Tannehill was intercepted by Arkansas defensive back Greg Gatson at the Hog 15-yard line.
Arkansas quickly drove 85 yards in 6 plays, scoring on a 68-yard pass from Tyler Wilson to Jarius Wright. Zach Hocker's extra point cut the Aggie lead to 14-7 with 2:26 to go in the first quarter.
After an exchange of punts, Texas A&M drove 54 yards in 8 plays, with Cyrus Gray scoring on a 1-yard dive. Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a 21-7 lead with 10:53 left in the second quarter.
Arkansas responded with a 6-play, 73-yard drive, scoring on a 1-yard run by Broderick Green. Hocker's extra point cut the Aggie lead to 21-14 with 9:09 left in the first half.
It took the Aggies just 6 plays to drive 84 yards, with Christine Michael scoring his third touchdown of the game, this on a 28-yard run. Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a 28-14 lead with seven minutes left in the first half.
After an exchange of punts, Arkansas drove 73 yards to the Aggie 9-yard line before having to settle for a 26-yard Zach Hocker field goal to reduce the Aggie lead to 28-17 with three minutes left in the first half.
Texas A&M used great clock management to drive 82 yards in 11 plays and scoring a touchdown on a 4-yard Cyrus Gray run with nine seconds left in the first half. Bullock's extra point gave the Aggies a 35-17 halftime lead.
Texas A&M opened the second half going 3-and-out. Arkansas drove the the Aggie 15-yard line before Zach Hocker kicked a 32-yard field goal to cut the Aggie lead to 34-20 at ther 11:44 mark in the third quarter.
After another Aggie 3-and-out, Arkansas drove 75 yards in 10 plays, scoring a touchdown on a 13-yard pass from Tyler Wilson to Ronnie Wingo. Hocker's extra point made it a one-score Aggie lead, 35-27.
Third Aggie possession of the second half, third punt. This time the Aggie defense also forced an Arkansas punt.
Texas A&M looked to be starting a good drive when Christine Michael fumbled and Tevin Mitchel recovered for Arkansas at the Hog 39-yard line.
After an exchange of punts, Arkansas mounted a 6-play, 86-yard drive, scoring on a pass from Tyler Wilson to Cobi Hamilton that Hamilton fumbled into the Aggie endzone and recovered by Jarius Wright for a Hog touchdown. Arkansas went for two and Tyler Wilson scrambled up the middle to convert which tied the game at 35-all with eleven minutes left in the game.
Texas A&M went on a time-consuming 16-play, 74-yard drive, to the Arkansas 6-yard line where on 4th-and-two the Aggies elected to go for a field goal. Randy Bullock's 23-yard field goal gave A&M a 38-35 lead with 4:22 left in the game.
Arkansas drove 80 yards in 9 plays, taking their first lead of the game on a 3-yard run by Brodering Green. Hocker's extra point gave the Hogs a 4-point lead, 42-38, with 1:41 left in the game.
Texas A&M had a chance to drive for a win, but facing 4th-and-2, Christine Michael was stuffed for no gain,, turning the ball over on downs.
Arkansas picked up one first down and ran out the clock to preserve a come-from-behind 42-38 win over Texas A&M.
Texas A&M actually led Arkansas in both total yards, 623 to 581, and in first downs, 29 to 28.
For Arkansas, Tyler Wilson completed 30 of 51 passes for 510 yards and 3 TDs. Jarius Wright caught 13 passes for 281 yards and 1 TD.
For Texas A&M, Ryan Tannehill completed 25 of 35 passes for 247 yards with 1 INT. Christine Michael rushed for 225 yards and 3 TDs on 32 carries. Cyrus Gray added 95 yards and 2 TDs on 17 carries. Ryan Swope caught 5 passes for 92 yards and Jeff Fuller caught 9 passes for 82 yards.
Arkansas (4-1) prepares to host Auburn next Saturday.
It's gut check time for Texas A&M (2-2), as they try to regroup when they go on the road to face Texas Tech next Saturday night.