Texas A&M 19

(3-1, 0-0 SEC)

Arkansas 47

(2-2, 0-2 SEC)

Coverage: ESPN2

7:30 PM ET, October 3, 2009

1 2 3 4 T
TA&M 10 0 3 619
ARK 7 23 7 1047

Top Performers

Passing: R. Mallett (ARK) - 271 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. Wingo Jr. (ARK) - 4 CAR, 86 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Jackson (TA&M) - 4 REC, 118 YDS, 1 TD

Mallet, Arkansas hand Texas A&M first loss 

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ryan Mallett shook off a slow start and threw four touchdown passes to lead Arkansas to a 47-19 victory over Texas A&M on Saturday night in the revival of their Southwest Conference rivalry.

Mallett misfired on his first three passes, was sacked twice and hadn't gotten a first down when the Razorbacks were trailing 10-0. Then the big sophomore hit Joe Adams for a 67-yard gain to start the next series, and Arkansas (2-2) was on its way to scoring 30 points by halftime. The Aggies (3-1) were never able to get back into it, and the Razorbacks never let up.

This "Southwest Classic" was the first of at least a 10-year series held at Cowboys Stadium in hopes of cashing in on recruiting and alumni riches in the Dallas area. The game drew 71,872 fans, but it didn't hold their attention for very long.

The more lopsided the score got, the more folks went for long strolls to check out the $1.15 billion stadium built by Arkansas alum Jerry Jones. Many headed home by the middle of the fourth quarter, although enough Hogs fans remained to crank up a loud chant of "S-E-C! S-E-C!" in the final minutes.

Both teams saw this matchup of unranked but proud programs as a way to measure themselves. The Razorbacks were wondering if their two-game losing streak was a byproduct of playing two highly ranked SEC foes, and the Aggies were wondering if their 3-0 start and eye-popping statistics were the byproduct of playing three cupcakes.

Conclusions were easy to draw.

Mallett, a sophomore transfer from Michigan who won a high school title in Texas in 2006, finished 17-of-27 for 271 yards and an interception, while throwing touchdowns to four receivers. Although he fell one TD pass shy of tying the school record he set two weeks ago, the poise he showed despite those awful first three possessions bodes well for Arkansas as it heads into the teeth of its SEC schedule. They get Auburn next, then play at Florida and at Ole Miss.

Texas A&M's Jerrod Johnson was 30-of-58 for 345 yards and two touchdowns, with most of the numbers piled up mostly after the Aggies fell way behind. He also had two fumbles -- one that was returned 85 yards for a touchdown (turning a potential go-ahead drive into a 21-10 deficit) and another in the closing seconds.

A&M gained 458 total yards, well below the nation-leading 574.3 it was averaging. The defense gave up nearly as many points in one game as it had in the previous three games combined and had only two sacks, both in the opening minutes, after coming in with a national-best 4.67 per game.

So much for the lift the Aggies sought by wearing white helmets for the first time since December 1978. Their all-white look might be headed to mothballs for all the good it did them. They'll certainly be looking for something different when they open Big 12 play at home against Oklahoma State next weekend.

A&M's Von Miller, who came in with a national-best eight sacks, had the first against Mallett but was neutralized after a few series. He also had the hit that forced Mallett's interception, just his second of the season.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2816
Total Yards458434
3rd Down Conversions7-185-12
4th Down Conversions0-30-0

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders

Wingo Jr.48621.5162

Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

FG11:52Randy Bullock 32 Yd 30
TD06:02Brandal Jackson 60 Yd Pass From Jerrod Johnson (Randy Bullock Kick) 100
TD04:14Broderick Green 8 Yd Pass From Ryan Mallett (Alex Tejada Kick) 107
TD13:22De'Anthony Curtis 5 Yd Pass From Ryan Mallett (Alex Tejada Kick) 1014
TD06:25Jerry Franklin 85 Yd Fumble Return (Alex Tejada Kick) 1021
FG04:23Alex Tejada 38 Yd 1024
TD01:39Jarius Wright 31 Yd Pass From Ryan Mallett (Pat Failed) 1030
FG08:16Randy Bullock 47 Yd 1330
TD04:28Michael Smith 29 Yd Pass From Ryan Mallett (Alex Tejada Kick) 1337
TD14:53Ryan Tannehill 3 Yd Pass From Jerrod Johnson (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1937
FG09:35Alex Tejada 18 Yd 1940
TD05:37Ronnie Wingo Jr. 62 Yd Run (Alex Tejada Kick) 1947