Fayetteville, AR (Sports Network) - Johnny Manziel took a back seat in the
second half as Kevin Sumlin allowed Texas A&M's deep backfield to steer the
The 10th-ranked Aggies racked up 262 rushing yards in their 45-33 win over
Texas A&M, which outscored Arkansas 21-13 in the second half, ran the ball 29
times for 150 yards while throwing only seven passes over the final 30
Trey Williams tallied 83 yards rushing and a score on nine carries, Tre Carson
had 64 yards on the ground on nine totes, Ben Malena ran for two touchdowns
and 40 yards on 12 rushes and Manziel added 59 yards rushing on nine carries
for Texas A&M (4-1, 1-1 SEC), which has won 10 straight road games.
Manziel was 23-of-30 for 261 yards and two scores, Mike Evans hauled in six
receptions for 116 yards and two touchdowns and Deshazor Everett had a 34-yard
interception return for a touchdown in the triumph.
The much-maligned Aggies defense made the stops they needed too.
The Razorbacks had the ball trailing by a score or less on three occasions in
the second half, but Texas A&M's defense held up each time as it forced two
three-and-outs and Everett's interception.
Returning from a shoulder injury, Brandon Allen was 17-of-36 for 282 yards and
three scores for the Razorbacks (3-2, 0-1), who have dropped back-to-back
tilts on the heels of a 3-0 start.
Alex Collins' 9-yard TD run pulled the Razorbacks within 31-27 early in the
third, but the Aggies responded a bit later with an 8-play, 68-yard trek --
all runs -- that was capped when Williams scampered in from 17 yards out to
make it 38-27.
Allen hit Jonathan Williams in the right flat for a 19-yard score late in the
third to get the Razorbacks again back within a score, but another run-laded
drive propelled the visitors to another touchdown early in the fourth.
Malena plunged in from a yard out to cap a 7-play, 57-yard march -- again all
runs -- to up the advantage to 45-33.
Arkansas was unable to convert a 4th-and-10 on its ensuing drive and following
a Texas A&M punt, Allen was intercepted by Steven Jenkins with 2:45 remaining
to seal the outcome.
Earlier, Evans' 9-yard TD reception and Malena's 2-yard TD run, sandwiched
around a Keon Hatcher 12-yard TD catch, staked the Aggies an early lead. Josh
Lambo's 39-yard field goal late in the first gave the Aggies a 17-7 edge after
a quarter of play.
Zack Hocker nailed a 28-yard field goal before Evans came down with a 7-yard
TD catch over a host of Arkansas defenders, which gave Texas A&M a 24-10
Allen found Williams for a 19-yard score and following an Aggies punt,
Hocker's 39-yard field goal with no time left in the half got the hosts within
24-20 heading into the break.
Manziel tallied 253 total yards in the first half.
Everett's pick-six came on the third play from scrimmage in the second half.
Texas A&M, which came in averaging 50.2 points per game, outgained Arkansas
523-483 ... The Aggies were 7-of-13 on third down ... Collins ran for 116
yards on 14 carries.
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