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No. 6 A&M rallies for OT win over Hogs

2871 days ago
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kenny Hill and No. 6 Texas A&M provided quite a late thrill.

Hill threw for 386 yards and four touchdowns, including a 25-yarder to Malcome Kennedy on the first play of overtime, and the undefeated Aggies rallied to beat Arkansas 35-28 on Saturday.

Johnny Manziel, Hill's predecessor, was on hand with the NFL's Cleveland Browns on a bye week, and the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner got to see his Aggies improve to 5-0 for the first time since 2001.

Arkansas (3-2, 0-2), the only unranked team in the SEC West, has lost 14 consecutive Southeastern Conference games since 2012.

The Aggies (5-0, 2-0) trailed 28-14 before Hill threw two long scoring passes in the fourth quarter -- 86 yards to Edward Pope and 59 yards to Josh Reynolds, the later with 2:08 left only two plays after Arkansas missed a field goal.

After Hill's quick strike in overtime, Arkansas faced fourth-and-1 when a handoff went to Alex Collins, who finished with 131 yards rushing. But Collins was stuffed at the line by defensive end Julien Obioha.

Texas A&M had a chance to end the game in regulation, getting the ball back with 1:18 left and no timeouts. The Aggies got a quick first down on Kennedy's 13-yard catch, but let the clock run out while facing fourth-and-13 short of midfield -- and Kennedy got the big catch in overtime.

Hill completed 21 of 41 passes, with an interception in the fourth quarter that did not hurt the Aggies in the end. Pope finished with four catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns.

Pope's first TD was a leaping 8-yarder in the back of the end zone in the second quarter that tied it at 14.

On the 86-yarder with 11:59 left in regulation, defensive back Jared Collins fell down and left Pope running alone.

The Razorbacks failed to capitalize on Carroll Washington's interception, and the teams traded punts before Arkansas' John Henson was wide left on a 44-yard field goal attempt with 2:29 left.

Australian punter Sam Irwin-Hill ran 51 yards for a tiebreaking touchdown on a fake punt, and Brandon Allen turned a fake handoff into an easy scoring pass for the Razorbacks, who haven't beaten an SEC opponent since a 49-7 win over Kentucky on Oct. 13, 2012.

Allen was 15-of-27 passing for 199 yards, including his 44-yard TD to wide-open AJ Derby after the quarterback faked a handoff, and then briefly held the ball to his side before throwing downfield for a 28-14 lead with 5 minutes left in the third.

The big run by Irwin-Hill put the Razorbacks up 21-14 at halftime. On fourth-and-10 just short of midfield, he took the snap and swept left to a wide-open part of the field. Several teammates caught up and ran with him to the end zone, and it appeared that only one Texas A&M player even got a hand on Irwin-Hill.