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Bill’s Blog: Southwest Classic Game Day

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Bill’s Blog: Southwest Classic Game Day

10:03 p.m. — Wilson takes a knee and it’s over. Arkansas wins 47-19. We’re on to the postgame and the game story. Good night from here in Arlington.

10:02 p.m. — One incomplete for Johnson, then disaster. Johnson gets his bell rung by Tenarius Wright, fumble, recovered by Malcom Sheppard. There is one snap left in this game.

10:00 p.m. — Fumble rolls down field, Magham gets for TAMU, with 15 seconds left, they’ll get the chance to fire a couple at the end zone

9:58 p.m. — Johnson scrambles all the way back to the 40, throws up the prayer to the endzone and broken up; now fourth down; the SEC chant begins

9:56 p.m. — Aggies driving, trying to avoid the worst margin of defeat in series history, at the Hog 24 with 1:51 left to play.

9:51 p.m. — Aggies get the kickoff to the 22, incomplete on 1st and only six on second down. Brings up 3rd and long four; Johnson scrambles, 1st down. Reverses goes nowhere, one Razorback hurt on the play, Jones, slow but now getting up and off the field

9:46 p.m. — Ronnie Wingo, Jr., takes it to the house — 62 yards for the score — and gives Arkansas a series record. The PAT is good and it’s now 47-19. Previous most points scored against TAMU was 45 from Halloween of 1970.

9:43 p.m. — Mallett remains in at QB as the Hogs start at their own 33. Knile Davis moves the ball out seven yards to set up third and three. Davis gets just enough to move the sticks.

9:37 p.m. — Aggies work themselves into a third down and three at the 19, Johnson’s draw goes for nothing, probably loss. False start leads to a fourth down and 10 at the 27 for TAMU. Awesome break-up of the pass by Rudell Crim and the ball goes over on downs to the Razorbacks.

9:33 p.m. — Aggies return it out to the 31 yard line. Johnson finds Randal Jackson open for a 42 yard gain and first down at UA 27. The play is under review, not sure why. After a lengthy review, the play stands.

9:29 p.m. — Green goes over the left to the two, then down to the one; on fourth down — much to the disappointment of the eager Razorback fans, Hogs will go for the field goal. The 18-yarder is good with just one second on the play clock, 9:35 to play and Arkansas leads 40-19, 10 plays, 63 yards, 5:12 on the drive.

9:27 p.m. — Now third and six at the 26, what goes for drama now as the TAMU crowd makes noise. Adams to the rescue and the 19-yard gain to the Aggie 8.

9:24 p.m. — Joe Adams on the end around gains 15, Wingo for seven and then 11 more as the Hogs now start to grind out the clock and the SportTurf of Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Hogs at the 31.

9:23 p.m. — Third quarter stats; TAMU 71 plays for 358 yards; Arkansas is the model of efficiency only 42 for 282, but a 37-13 lead after three.

9:20 p.m. — Aggies now kick off from their on 15. Adams stands at his own 15. He returns it out to the Razorbacks’ 36.

9:18 p.m. — First play of the fourth, Ryan Tannehill pulls in the pass to the deep corner and the Aggies get their first TD since the mid-first half. The two-point conversion is incomplete, and a chop block will be 15 yards on the kickoff.

9:15 p.m. — That’s the end of the fourth quarter; TV time out. When we resume, Aggies at Hogs’ four yard line.

9:11 p.m. — Aggies go into the right flat for a naked screen that brings TAMU to the 24, but the reverse doesn’t gain similar — just one — swing into the left flat and a roughing the passer puts TAMU on the seven. FUMBLE but covered by TAMU.

9:08 p.m. — Johnson putting together a small drive, 1st and 10 on the Razorbacks 45. Offsetting penalties on second down bring us to a repeat. Finds McNeil on a crossing pattern for another first down. Starting to look like the best Aggie drive since the one that brought them to the Hog five as time expired in the first half.

9:04 p.m. — Aggies get to open on their own 15 thanks to great kickoff coverage. Off sides on UA gives TAMU five yards, but pressure again flushes Johnson from the pocket and he lobs to one of the managers for safety. Comes back with the middle screen to Gray taking advantage of Arkansas’ pressure. Earns the first down with a 10 yard gain to the 30.

9:01 p.m. — Let’s just call this the Michael Smith drive as the senior running back is WIIIIIDE OPEN in the right flat, trots in for the 29 yard TD pass. The PAT is good and it’s 37-13. Drive was 8 plays 70 yards; four of those plays were Smith for 62 yards.

8:58 p.m. — And to close out, Smith up the middle on the hand off for nine. Green will punch over for the first down with four to the 33.

8:57 p.m. — Now Smith goes left flat for 11, and Aggies lucky he didn’t make it around the corner because that was six.

8:56 p.m. — Mallett takes a smash mouth hit, arm moving forward and avoids the sack. Backs it up with swing pass into the right flat to Michael Smith and the first down.

8:54 p.m. — Joe Adams back for the kickoff and stops hearts by playing it off his chest. Picks it up, weaves left, dead stop, change direction, hits dead end, stops again, squirts through gap. And 28 yards later, 1st and 10 Hogs at own 30.

8:52 p.m. — Cyrus Gray swarmed by Wendel Davis and company for a five yard loss, now 3rd and 15 for Aggies in Razorback territory. Johnson drops back, scrambles, drops, scrambles and finally heaves deep and wide from his own 45 yard line. Randy Bullock on for a 47 yard field goal attempt is good, Arkansas 30, TAMU 13.

8:50 p.m. — Hogs bring the pressure on both sides, Johnson settles in and makes the first down completion. He’s looking like his 1st qtr self. Now a Texas A&M player down on the field, Shumard, helped off by the trainers.

8:48 p.m. — Aggies put together two first downs, but then two broken up passes look to doom drive until a roughing the passer gives TAMU 1st down. Aggies at the Hogs 35 now.

8:47 p.m. — Aggies manage first down, but now face a third and short on the 41, go up the middle for the carry. Consecutive first downs for the first time since the first half ending drive.

8:45 p.m. — Two yard gain, Razorbacks Jones hurt on the first down run for Aggies; trainers are out and checking on him. He’s up now and walking off the field.

8:41 p.m. — Mallett picks up a fifth straight completion, but Hogs stall on three and out. Breeding’s punt carries 54-yards back to the five, and solid coverage pins Aggies at their own 21 after the short return. ESPN timeout. Shots of the maroon side of the field not terribly festive right now. Can see the split production on the scoreboard. Each side has it’s own angles to keep the play on the board same as the play fans see below on the field.

8:37 p.m. — Aggies face third and long, and Johnson gets dropped by Adrian Davis. Another three and out for TAMU as they start the second half by punting to Arkansas. Norton calls for the fair catch and Hogs start on their own 37 yard line.

8:36 p.m. — While the Hogs got 30 straight first half points, TAMU did win the halftime Pong contest among two fans on the big screen.

8:34 p.m. — Mallett is 17-10-1 for 193 yards and three TDs; Johnson is 27-11-0 for 167 and 1 TD.

8:33 p.m. — Once more with feeling; TAMU 45 plays for 259 yards; UA has 31 plays for 208 yards; TAMU holds sway with 12 first downs to seven, but it seems less than necessary with the three TD passes.

8:32 p.m. — As the Razorbacks run back on the field, we hope we can keep the connection long enough for this post.

8:13 p.m. — Aggies get the first down out to the 48 of Arkansas, go deep to Tannehill on the Arkansas 25 yard line, clock will have one second on the clock. One last play from the official. Johnson finds Gray who weaves down to the five, but that sends us to halftime with the Razorbacks leading, 30-10.

8:10 p.m. — Aggies last possession harried into one miscue after another, this passage lost in the outage. That pressure starts again with the posession, but TAMU begins to move it around a bit more. Get the first down out to the 30.

8:08 p.m. — A four play, 73-yard drive — four passes ending with a 31-yard TD pass to Jarius Wright and the Hogs lead 30-10. Sorry about the outage, but we lost connection here in the press box. Apparently, so did the Aggies as they go three and out to set up the Razorbacks with the punt. Mallett disects the Aggies for the drive.

8:00 p.m. — Incomplete to Adams in the corner of the end zone brings Tejada on for the 38 yard field goal. It’s good and the Hogs continue their scoring spree, 24-10 with 4:23 left in the first half.

7:56 p.m. — On third down, Ryan Mallett walks over to the official, begins a conversation to run the clock down, down, down to one second, then takes the time out.

7:52 p.m. — Another deep throw away and three and out for TAMU. Hogs take over on Aggies’ 48 yard line. Mallett calmly passes to Adams in the flat, the jukes left then right for a big gain of 24 yards to the 23.

7:48 p.m. — It’s 21 unanswered points for the Hogs. Johnson under pressure on first down and she has to lob it out of bounds. 2nd and 10 at their own 26. No huddle taking a lot longer to make plays now. Lot of confusion and now a delay of game on TAMU. Now 2nd and 15. Razorbacks pinning back their ears and coming after Johnson. TAMU trying to move the pocket and it just results in a long, long throwaway and third down.

7:47 p.m. — PAT is good and it’s 21-10 Hogs. Last time we had a fumble returned for a touchdown was against Texas by Robinson, at UT during 2008 season.

7:45 p.m. — PAT is on hold as TAMU makes a coach’s challenge to say the player was down. Replay seems to show ball came loose and Franklin scooped it clear. Review confirms.

7:42 p.m. — Hogs bungle the punt, awkward punt and puts Aggies in play on the Hogs 13 yard line. That lasts two plays before a fumble is scooped up by Franklin and he rambles 85 yards for the touchdown. There is now a sideline interference penalty on TAMU.

7:38 p.m. — Johnson can’t evade Bequette a second time, and that leads to a 2nd and 13. Johnson rolls out under Bequette’s pressure again, and throws behind his receiver. Offensive pass interference is the only thing preventing the pick. Now 2nd and 28. Short gain makes it third and Tarrant County to go. Pressure again flushes Johnson, he throws incomplete. Aggies forced to punt.

7:36 p.m. — Johnson evades one, two, three sacks; traverses the middle of the field; throws incomplete. Johnson works the draw for the first down. Runs north and south for a change.

7:34 p.m. — Wingo gets great space up the middle on the counter on first down, flags for motion wipe out the gain. Smith goes up the middle for no gain. Third and nine for Mallett, hit as he throws and Mangan gets the pick. Returns it to the Hogs 30 yard line. Illegal block for TAMU will back it up to the 45.

7:29 p.m. — Aggies go for it on fourth down and strong pass defense results in an incomplete — no flags — and TAMU gives it up on downs to the Razorbacks at their own 38 yard line. TV time out for ESPN now. Will admit that the odd angle of the press box and the pace of the no huddle making it a challenge to keep up the blog. Our sideline reporter, Blair Cartwright, shooting video for the website reports that "it’s a zoo" on the sidelines with the crowd noise and intensity.

7:27 p.m. — Matt Harris with the tackle as the Aggies move to the Razorback 42. Aggies bull up the middle for second and short, then the flags fly. False start on TAMU. 2nd and six from 38 and Johnson throws to the folks in the Wholly Guacamole box behind the TAMU bench. Third and loud. Bequette brings the heat, Davis gets the break-up and its fourth down.

7:26 p.m. — 1st quarter quick stats: TAMU 17 plays, 147 yards; UA 17 plays, 89 yards.

7:23 p.m. — Bryan gets the touchdown saving tackle on the ensuing kickoff. 1st and 10 at the Aggie 38. Almost get a delay of game, but the Aggies call the first time out of the game to save the penalty. We’ll go to a ESPN timeout also.

7:20 pm. — First and goal for the Hogs after the penalty. Green powers to the five yard line, Razorback lineman helmets fly off. Mallett on the fake reverse, naked bootleg, Curtiss is wiiiiiiiide open in the corner of the endzone under the press box. The seven play, 38-yard drive ends with the TD and PAT. Hogs now lead, 14-10. On the replay, Mallett had two wide open options, great play execution.

7:18 p.m. — Mallett finds Childs in the flat for a short gain to set up 3rd and a long five at the 21. Shotgun and no backs for Mallett, he steps up and rifles one between a pair of Aggies to Lucas Miller. Contact and flags fly. Pass interference on the Aggies.

7:14 p.m. — Broken up on 2nd; 3rd and long the screen to Smith gets the first down at the 24 of TAMU. Smith gets stuffed on first down.

7:13 p.m. — Rugby punt by the Aggies, pressure by Hogs results in a net punt of about five yards; Arkansas knows how that feels from last week. Razorbacks in business on Aggie 38 yard line. Short gain on first down for Green.

7:11 p.m. — Pass interference on Aggies pushes them back 15 yards and on third and forever, TAMU goes with the handoff and prepares to punt.

7:09 p.m. — Aggies get first down by rush, set up at the 42 yard line. Hogs dump for a loss and Johnson goes no backs out of the no huddle. Tannehill finds a wide open seam in the Razorback defense and drops what would have been a TD. Third and long. Johnson scrambles, scrambles then dumps to Morrow for a gain short of the first down, but flag on the play.

7:07 p.m. — Smith on the return for the Aggies and he’s dumped hard on the 19 yard line by Armbrust. Johnson dumps off under pressure to McCoy for the first down.

7:05 p.m. — Hogs push ahead to the eight and now have third down, Mallett finds Broderick Green out of the backfield for the TD. The PAT is good and it’s now 10-7.

7:03 p.m. — Mallett drops back, finds a wide open Joe Adams for his first completion of the game, Adams breaks to his right and takes the Hogs down to the 10.

6:59 p.m. — Aggies get a touchdown to Randall Jackson on what looks improvised as Aggie protection breaks down; 60 yard TD. PAT is good. Hogs look like they had the Aggie QB pinned up, he looks over the top and lofts it to a wide open Jackson. Three play drive for the Aggies, who now lead 10-0.

6:55 p.m. — Mallett’s third down pass batted away at the last moment by the Aggies; Breeding on to punt again and he gets another great one. 35 yards and no return possible. Aggies open on own 35 yard line.

6:54 p.m. — Smith gets a two yard gain on first down; Hunter with the stop. Green on second down up the middle, brings up third and five.

6:52 p.m. — Hogs hold Aggies for three and out, and get a good return to near the 40. Unfortunately, a block in the back flag puts Arkanas back on its own 26. TV time out for ESPN2.

6:50 p.m. — Nothing on first down for the Aggies. Hogs bring the blind side pressure and Johnson has to bail out for a hot route. Third and six and the noise picks up. Johnson fires one to McCoy but he can’t hold on; Aggies to punt.

6:48 p.m. — Mallett steps up in the pocket, waits, but then the Aggies collapse the pocket and Featherson gets the sack. Second of the day. Fair catch by the Aggies and they’ll be 1st and 10 on their own 21.

6:47 p.m. — Mallett on first down has some confusion on the routes, brings up 2nd and 10, Smith finds little room. Third and long for the Hogs.

6:45 p.m. — Johnson breaks out for another good return, puts Arkansas at the 33 yard line.

6:43 p.m. — A 32 yard field goal for A&M ends what looked like a lighting drive. Back to back coverage sacks for the Razorback defense force the field goal with 11:52 on the clock.

6:41 p.m. — Two plays and the Aggies are at the Razorback 13 yard line. First is a long run by Gray followed by a completion and several broken tackles to the 13. Hogs hold on first down for a loss.

6:39 p.m. — Hogs facing third down, both sides of the stadium get loud; sack by Miller and the Hogs forced to punt on their first possession.

6:36 p.m. — Johnson takes the kickoff on the five, returns to the 30-ish. Mallett under center, hand of to Smith for a nice opening run.

6:35 p.m. — We are one minute to kick.

6:33 p.m. — TAMU captains Pugh, Grey, Miller, Williams, Michael; UA Mallet, Smith, Davis, Love and Sheppard; Hogs win toss and will receive, defend south end zone.

6:29 p.m. — Group of students have made "WOOPIG" sweaters, the indoor equivalent of body paint; the "A" in on the field; we are 5:30 from kickoff.

6:28 p.m. — The Arkansas alma mater, mother of mother’s we sing UNTO YOU.

6:25 p.m. — And now, our National Anthem.

6:23 p.m. — The first official Hog Call rocks the stadium; as the home team, Arkansas’ band gets to be on the field just like DWRRS.

6:20 p.m. — Jerry Jones receiving the Spirit of Place architecture award for Dallas Cowboys Stadium; looks like a proud moment for a Razorback.

6:16 p.m. — Dr. G. David Gearhart and Jeff Long are at midfield making a presentation.

6:14 p.m. — Razorbacks head off the field to big yell; TAMU is doing its alma mater.

6:12 p.m. — Both teams are going through final skeleton on their respective ends of the field; we are 24 minutes to kickoff

6:07 p.m. — Weather conditions given for outside the stadium, press box announcer adds, "inside, it’s 73 degrees."

6:06 p.m. — TAMU’s yell leaders are doing that thing they do.

6:04 p.m. — It will be on and off rain all night outside the stadium.

6:00 p.m. — The UA history of the series video is on the main board now.

5:58 p.m. — Dallas Cowboys Stadium comes to life as the Arkansas Razorbacks full team runs out to the field. Band has the crowd doing the H-O-G-S Arkansas Razorbacks GO spell out. The Razorback red half of the stadium is rocking.

5:57 p.m. — Razorback band is cranking up directly below us here in the press box. When you’re watching the game — which is on ESPN2 tonight at 6:30 p.m. — we are above the "SAS" of the Arkansas endzone.

5:51 p.m. — Dallas Cowboys Stadium trivia, the scoreboards cost more than Texas Stadium ($40 million more as a matter of fact) and it is the world’s largest HD board.

5:45 p.m. — Texas A&M is wearing white helmets for the first time since 1978; they are coming onto the field now with the rest of their specialists, so an all-white uniform for the Aggies.

5:40 p.m. — Razorbacks specialists have enteried the field to a roaring Hog Call.

5:40 p.m. — It is hard to express how good the scoreboard looks, even with Texas Aggies on the screen. There we go, some Hog fans.

5:36 p.m. — Early quote of the day, from Jeff Long, our athletic director: "It took an Arkansan and a Razorback to show Texas and the world how to build a stadium." Jeff, of course, is speaking of former Razorback football captain and member of the 1964 national championship team, Jerry Jones.

5:30 p.m. — Let’s open the blog for business. The second set of Tweet-up tickets were handed out, the 100 minute meeting is finished and we are just under an hour from football.

3:45 p.m. — Here’s the view for today. Rain is starting outside, but still intermitent. It’s about an hour and 15 minutes before we take the full blog live. If you didn’t come down for this year’s game, let’s just say you might want to get your tickets now for next year.

All the hype you’ve read about this stadium — it’s true. We’ll be back soon. We will say that we may have trouble tonight updating the official feeds — apparently Twitter and Facebook are blocked on the routers, but we’ll work around that.



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