Johnny Manziel passed for 261 yards and 2 TDs and rushed for 59 yards as No 10 Texas A&M used a balanced offensive performance to earn a hard fought 45-33 SEC road win over an inspired Arkansas team.
Texas A&M received the opening kickoff and on the Aggies first play from scrimmage Johnny Manziel connected with Mike Evans for a 49-yard pass completion to the Arkansas 26-yard line. Facing 3rd-and-4 from the 9-yard line, Manziel threw a touchdown pass to Evans to give the Aggies an early 7-0 lead.
Manziel led the Aggies on a 9-play, 75-yard drive, and Ben Malena scored a touchdown on a 2-yard run to give Texas A&M a 14-7 lead with 5:11 left in the first quarter.
After the Aggie defense forced Arkansas 3-and-out, Texas A&M drove to the Hog 20-yard line before having to settle for a 39-yard Josh Lambo field goal to extend the Aggie lead to 17-7.
On the ensuing Arkansas possession, Brandon Allen threw a 52-yard pass completion to Hunter Henry to give the Hogs a 1st down at the Aggie 17-yard line. The Aggie defense stiffened, forcing a 28-yard Zach Hocker field goal to cut the Aggie lead to seven, 17-10, early in the second quarter.
Once again Manziel led a 9-play. 75-yard, this time tossing a 7-yard touchdown to Mike Evans, which gave Texas A&M a 24-10 lead at the 11:14 mark in the second quarter.
Brandon Allen led Arkansas on a 10-play, 82-yard drive, with Allen throwing a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Williams to reduce the Aggie lead to 24-17with 6:02 left in the second quarter.
Texas A&M drove to the Hog 26-yard line, but a holding penalty and a sack forced an Aggie punt, giving Arkansas the ball at their 6-yard line with 2:11 left in the first half.
Arkansas looked content to run out the clock, but that change3d when Alex Collins broke a 38-yard run to the Aggie 42-yard line. A couple of Brandon Allen pass completions enabled Zach Hocker to kick a 39-yard field goal on the final play of the first half to cut the Aggie lead to 24-20.
At the half Texas A&M led in tottal yards, 316 to 271, and in first downs, 15 to 13.
Johnny Manziel had completed 18 of 23 passes for 204 yards and 2 TDs and rushed for 49 yards on 6 carries. Mike Evans had 5 catches for 93 yards and 2 TDs while Derel Walker had 6 catches for 72 yards.
For Arkansas, Brandon Allen had completed 10 of 18 passes for 168 yards and 2 TDs.
Arkansas received the opening kickoff of the second half, with an the opportunity to drive for a go-ahead score. But facing a 3rd-and-6, a Brandon Allen pass attempt was intercepted by Aggie defensive back Deshazor Everett who returned it 34 yards for an Aggie touchdown, giving Texas A&M a 31-20 lead.
Arkansas quickly responded, driving 75 yards in 4 plays, with Alex Collins scoring on a 9-yard run to cut the the Aggie lead to 31-27 at the 12:43 mark in the third quarter.
After an exchange of punts, Texas A&M mounted a 9-play, 68-yard drive, all on the ground, and Trey Williams scored on a 17-yard run to restore the Aggies' eleven point lead, 38-27, with 4:42 left in the thrid quarter.
Arkansas drove 65-yards in 7 plays, and Brandon Allen threw a 19-yard touchdown to Jonathan Williams. Hogs went for two but a Brandon Allen pass was incomplete, leaving Texas A&M holding a 38-33 lead with a minute left in the third quarter.
Texas A&M went 3-and-out, and the Aggie punt gave Arkansas the ball with the opportunity to take the lead. But the Aggie defense came up big, forcing the Hogs 3-and-out.
The Aggies once again kept it on the ground with Tra Carson and Trey Williams, drving 57 yards on 7 plays, and Ben Malena scored on a 1-yard run to give Texas A&M a 45-33 lead with ten minutes left in the game.
Arkansas drove from their 17-yard line to the Aggie 16-yard line whare, facing a 4th-and-10, a Brandon Allen pass attempt was batted away by Aggie cornerback Tramain Jacobs, giving Texas A&M the ball with 6:46 left in the game.
Texas A&M picked up a first down on a 23-yard pass completion from Johnny Manziel to Mike Evans, then kept in on the ground to consume clock. Facing a 4th-and-1 at the Arkansas 45-yard line, the Aggies chose to punt and Drew Kaser's punt was fair caught at the Arkansas 12-yard line with 2:55 left in the game.
A Brandon Allen pass attempt was intercepted by Aggie linebacker Tommy Sanders as the Arkansas 45-yard line.
Facing a 4th-and-3, Johnny Manziel threw a 9-yard pass to Derel Walker for a first down, and then ran out the clock to preserve a 45-33 SEC road win for Texas A&M over Arkansas.
Texas A&M had a balanced offense, with 262 yards rushing and 261 yards passing, to total 523 yards, edging the Hogs who had 483 yards.
Johnny Manziel completed 23-of-30 passes for 261 yards and 2 TDs and rushed for 59 yards on 9 carries to lead the Aggies. Mike Evans had 6 catches for 116 yards and 2 TDs while Derel Walker had his best game as an Aggie with 7 catches for 81 yards. The Aggies had their most productive rushing game, with Trey Williams rushing for 83 yards and 1 TD on 9 carries, Tra Carson rushing for 64 yards on 9 carries, and Ben Malena adding 40 yards and 2 TDs on 12 carries.
For Arkansas, Brandon Allen complete 17-of-36 passes for 282 yards and 3 TDs, with with 2 INTs. Alex Collins rushed ro 116 yards and 1 TD on 14 carries. Hunter Henry caught 4 passes for 109 yards. Jonathan Williams caught 4 passes for 67 yards and 2 TDs and rushed for 53 yards on 10 TDs.
Texas A&M (4-1, 1-1 SEC) now has an open week before going on the road to face No 21 Ole Miss on October 12th.