No. 23 Texas A&M’s 23-21 win over No. 10 Arkansas hung in the balance Saturday night when Razorbacks kicker Cam Little hit a 42-yard field goal with 1:30 left. Then, in a cruel twist of fate for a sophomore, the soccer ball ricocheted off the top of the right goalpost, flew into the air, and then fell into the end zone as a miss.
From there, the Aggies ran out of hours to win the first SEC matchup. It was one of two heartbreaking games that cost the Razorbacks dearly in the SEC West showdown that made it to the wire. While Arkansas outscored Texas A&M 415–343 in total yards, he only scored one goal in his last eight possessions after taking a 14–0 lead early. Meanwhile, Texas A&M produced enough attacks, with Devon Achane rushing for 159 yards with 19 carries to pick up a second straight win after a shocking home loss to Appalachian State in the second week.
If it hadn’t been for another odd play late in the first half, Little’s late field goal attempt might not have been needed. On the cusp of taking a two-possession lead with 3:31 left in the second quarter, disaster struck and momentum shifted in Aggie’s favor. Facing the first goal from the 3-yard line, quarterback KJ Jefferson tried to jump over a bunch of defenders when the ball broke free and landed in the hands of Texas A&M’s Tyreke Chappell, who ran for about 15 yards.
Then, just as it looked as though his forward’s progress had stalled and the game might be derailed, Chappell passed the ball to Demaney Richardson, who ran for another 83 yards for a stunning touchdown. Although the Aggies failed to score an extra point, the wild loss of points and the score likely amounted to a 13-point swing in one game.
Combined, an odd missed field goal and a 98-yard return made the difference for Texas A&M, which will host the No. 2 from Alabama next week in a highly anticipated game that will have major division title implications.