HOUSTON – After holding the Texas Longhorns to just 59 total yards, the Arkansas Razorbacks routed the Longhorns, 31-7, to claim the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl Championship, Monday night in NRG Stadium.
The Razorbacks (7-6) set a school bowl record by allowing just 59 yards, breaking the mark of 168 yards allowed to Nebraska in the 1965 Cotton Bowl. The 59 yards on 43 offensive plays also marks the fewest yards by any FBS team this season.
The Razorbacks stymied the Longhorn (6-7) offense in front of 71,115 fans in attendance – the largest in AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl history and the most fans for a bowl game ever held in Houston. The defensive efforts were highlighted by a fumble recovered by sophomore defensive tackle Taiwan Johnson in the Longhorn end zone, marking the sophomore’s first recovery and touchdown of his career. Senior linebacker Martrell Spaight moved into the program single season program charts tied for 13th, tacking-on five tackles against Texas for 128 total stops this season. Freshman cornerback Henre’ Toliver picked-off his second pass of the season and returned it 46 yards, dosing the Longhorns comeback chances in the fourth quarter.
With a tackle for a loss of a yard in the second quarter, senior defensive end Trey Flowers secured the No. 2 spot on the program’s career tackles for loss chart.
The Advocare V100 Texas Bowl MVP, junior quarterback Brandon Allen, tossed for 160 yards, going 12-for-23 on the day. Allen also tallied two scores in the air, finding junior wide receiver Keon Hatcher and senior wide out Demetrius Wilson in the end zone. Hatcher hauled in four receptions for 41 yards and Wilson pulled in two catches for 52 yards, including a 36-yard highlight-reel touchdown reception.
On the ground, junior running back Jonathan Williams rumbled for 105 yards, his ninth career 100-plus rushing game and touchdown. With 1,190 rushing yards this season, Williams moves to No. 8 in the program record book, while his 2,321 career rushing yards pegs him No. 10 in Arkansas’ career chart.
Arkansas fans can find Advocare V100 Texas Bowl Champs gear at the Arkansas store.
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