Razorback redshirt senior Montaric Brown’s interception with 12 minutes to play helped seal a 20-10 victory over the No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies in front of 57,992 fans in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday.
It was Arkansas’ first win over A&M since 2011, and the team’s first victory over a top-10 opponent since 2016. The Hogs now sit at 4-0 for the first time since the 2003 season.
Going into Saturday’s game, Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman preached the importance of a fast start for the Razorbacks against the Aggies.
The Razorbacks listened. With big play after big play, the Hogs continually gashed the A&M defense in the first half for more than 300 total yards, including 229 against the Aggies’ vaunted pass defense.
“I’m happy for the people, I’m happy for the team,” Pittman said following the game. “You know, we’re Arkansas, this is what should happen at the University of Arkansas.”
Redshirt sophomore quarterback KJ Jefferson was on fire to start the game as he completed touchdown passes of 85 and 48 yards to junior Treylon Burks and freshman AJ Green. The big plays helped the Hogs earn an early 17-0 lead.
The Aggies were finally able to get on the board late in the half when Seth Small hit a 49-yard field goal to cut the Razorbacks’ lead to 17-3.
The Arkansas defense was masterful and forced A&M quarterback Zach Calzada to continually run for his life. The Aggies totaled just 134 total yards in the first half and managed only 3.4 yards per play.
“We have a one-play mentality where we are only going to worry about one play at a time, and we did that,” sixth-year senior linebacker Grant Morgan said.
A&M was the first to strike in the second half when running back Isaiah Spiller took a handoff up the middle for a 67-yard touchdown to cut the Arkansas lead to 17-10 with 7:51 to play in the third quarter.
After a questionable hit out of bounds, Jefferson was noticeably limping and during the third drive of the second half Arkansas replaced him with redshirt freshman quarterback Malik Hornsby.
After he recorded a 16-yard run on his first play, Hornsby struggled to look comfortable leading the Hogs.
Hornsby was finally able to find his groove starting the fourth quarter, taking the Hogs 42 yards on nine plays that led to a field goal from freshman Cam Little to put the Hogs up 20-10 with just under nine minutes left in the game.
“I’m excited to be able to be a part of this group that is changing the history,” Morgan said. “Our job is not done, we are 4-0 but it’s not done. We have a big task next week.”
Up next, the Razorbacks will travel to Athens, Georgia, to take on the No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs on Oct. 2. The game is set to kick off at 11 a.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.