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No. 23 Texas A&M fumble recovery given for touchdown propels Aggies over No. 10 Arkansas

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No. 23 Texas A&M were the victims of a big upset at home to Appalachian State two weeks ago, but on Saturday they defeated No. 10 Arkansas at AT&T Stadium, 23-21.

A wild rotation turned out to be a big difference for the win.

Arkansas came within inches of taking a two-touchdown lead in the second quarter. Instead, KJ Jefferson fumbled a fumble at the goal line and Tyreek Chappell recovered it and ran it to the 18-yard line. But just as he was being tackled, he handed it to Demani Richardson, who took the rest of the 82. yards for a touchdown with 3:11 remaining in the half.

The Arkansas defense was able to force the Aggies to attempt a 53-yard field goal that missed to the left, giving the Razorbacks a chance to take the lead at their own 36-yard line with 6:30 left. On the 3rd and 6th, Jefferson found Matt Landers for a gain of 19, followed by carries of 11 and 10 yards from Raheim Sanders and Jefferson, respectively, to get to the opposite 21.

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Texas A&M wide receiver Evan Stewart (1) celebrates his touchdown during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Arkansas on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.
(AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

But two plays later, a bad snap pushed them back to the 25-yard line. At the 4 and 13-yard line, Cam Little came in for a 42-yard field goal to give Arkansas the lead, but he did it on top. from the right post. A&M was able to kneel against the clock for the win.

Texas A&M running back Devon Achane (6) carries the ball during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Arkansas on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.

Texas A&M running back Devon Achane (6) carries the ball during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Arkansas on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.
(AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

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A&M got the ball at the half and drove 70 yards in six plays, including a 26-yard reception by Donovan Greene. Devon Achane ran for a nine-yard touchdown and the PAT gave the Aggies a 20-14 lead.

After Arkansas went three and out, the Aggies had a long, steady drive, and Ainias Smith’s 32-yard catch put them inside the red zone, but they went no further and had to settle for a field goal. . However, they were given a 23-14 lead with 3:48 remaining in the third.

After both teams traded punts, the Razorbacks’ 13-play drive was capped by a nine-yard rushing touchdown from Jefferson, cutting their deficit to two points with 10:05 to go.

Achane rushed for 159 yards on 19 carries, including one for a score, while Max Johnson completed 11 of 21 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown.

Jefferson only threw for 171 yards, but rushed for another 105 as the team’s leading rusher. Warren Thompson had two receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown, while Jadon Haselwood had 56 yards on five catches.

Texas A&M wide receiver Evan Stewart (1) celebrates his touchdown during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Arkansas on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.

Texas A&M wide receiver Evan Stewart (1) celebrates his touchdown during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Arkansas on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.
(AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

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Texas A&M will visit the state of Mississippi next Saturday, while Arkansas hosts Alabama.

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