Austin, Texas – The Arkansas Razorbacks scored 14 points off three Texas turnovers and rushed for 265 yards to upset the fifth-ranked Longhorns 38-28 Saturday afternoon at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.Arkansas improved to 2-0 with the victory, while the Longhorns fell to 1-1 on the year. The win was the third straight against Texas and marked the fifth win in the last eight meetings.
“This is such a great win for our players and fans,” head coach Houston Nutt said. “Our guys had great effort and made the plays when we needed them. I’m very proud of the way we played today. This is such a huge game and rivalry, this win is something special.”
The Razorbacks had 60 rushing attempts for the 265 total and threw for 173 yards on a combined 8-of-16 passing by Matt Jones and 1-of-2 for Ryan Sorahan.
Cedric Cobbs led all rushers with 115 yards on 20 carries including a long run of 46 yards. Jones also crossed the century mark with 102 yards on 12 carries with a long of 60.
George Wilson led the Hogs with 111 yards receiving on five catches including one for a score.
Arkansas had 438 yards total offense to 326 for the Longhorns.
Texas receivers Roy Williams and B.J. Johnson each hit the century mark on the day. Williams reeled in 10 catches for 117 yards, while Johnson had six catches for a game-high 123 yards including two scores.
Quarterback Chance Mock hit 21-of-40 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns. Tailback Cedric Benson led Texas with 27 yards rushing on 13 carries as Arkansas held the ‘Horns to 62 yards on the ground.
The Longhorns took the opening kickoff and promptly marched 77 yards in 10 plays for the first score of the game. Texas converted on a fake punt on fourth-and-two in Arkansas territory.
Mock then connected with Johnson on a 31-yard touchdown pass to give the Longhorns a 7-0 lead with 10:17 left in the first quarter.
The Razorbacks quickly answered the Texas score when Jones hit Wilson on a 18-yard pass that evened the game at 7-7. The Arkansas drive covered 72 yards in eight plays and took 3:20 off the clock.
The Hogs converted a crucial third down inside the Texas 30-yard line when Jones hit Wilson on a 10-yard throw-and-catch with defenders hanging on him to set up the scoring play.
Arkansas forced Texas to punt on it’s next possession and took over at the UT 35-yard line following a 13-yard punt by the Longhorns.
On third down at the 31, Jones scrambled out of the pocket for 18 yards and a first down at the Texas 15. On first-and-goal from the three, Jones was chased out of the pocket and raced into the corner of the end zone to give the Hogs a 14-7 lead with 3:05 left in the first quarter.
Just before halftime, Arkansas forced a crucial turnover deep in Texas territory. On third and long at the Texas two, Williams fumbled after a short catch and Jeb Huckeba recovered it at the five to set up the Razorbacks next scoring opportunity with just over two minutes left in the half.
Following a Texas offsides penalty, De’Arrius Howard plunged in from three yards out to push the lead to 21-7 with 1:53 remaining in the half.
Trailing by 14 points, Texas responded with a 70-yard touchdown march to close the first half. Mock hit Thomas for their second scoring connection on the day, this time a nine-yard strike to cut the Arkansas lead to 21-14 with 35 seconds left in the half.
After going three-and-out to open the second half, the Razorbacks forced a Texas fumble at midfield and needed only one play to find the end zone.
Cobbs burst up the middle untouched 46 yards to give the Razorbacks a 28-14 lead with 11:45 left in the third quarter.
The Razorbacks turned the Longhorns away when Mock fumbled an option pitch inside the Arkansas 30-yard line. Huckeba forced the errant pitch and Caleb Miller recovered near midfield.
The miscue marked the third straight possession the Longhorns had turned the ball over to the Razorbacks.
After forcing another Texas punt, the Razorbacks faced a third-and-29 at their three-yard line. From his end zone, Jones hit a wide-open Wilson 54 yards down field to give the Hogs a fresh set of downs. The catch was the 100th career reception for Wilson.
The Razorbacks moved the ball to the Texas 30 before Jones fumbled on a scramble. Dakarai Pearson picked up the loose ball and returned it 77 yards for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 28-21 with 14:46 left in the game.
On the ensuing kickoff, Cedric Washington returned his first career kick 57 yards to set the Hogs up inside the Texas 40-yard line.
A series of running plays by Cobbs and Howard knocked out a pair of first downs and put the ball on the nine-yard line.
After a Wilson catch gave the Hogs a first down at the one, Howard carried the ball over the goal line to push the lead to 35-21 with 10:09 remaining in the game.
The Longhorns would find the end zone on their next possession, however, when Mock hit Tony Jeffery on an 11-yard scoring strike to cut the lead to seven with 9:38 left in the game. The Longhorns needed just 31 seconds to cut the lead in half.
Leading by seven, the Razorbacks marched from their 20 to the 39 yard line and faced a crucial third-and-one. Jones took the snap, moved right and split defenders to run untouched 60 yards to the Texas one-yard line.
The Longhorns, however, kept the Razorbacks out of the end zone on three attempts and forced Arkansas to settle for a David Carlton 19-yard field goal to push the lead to 38-28.
The Razorbacks then held on fourth-and-three with Texas at the Arkansas 41 and 3:46 left in the game to seal the victory. The teams would exchange punts before the Razorbacks ran the clock to zero.
Arkansas will next host North Texas in Little Rock at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.