Report Card: Texas A&M 58, Arkansas 10

by Chris Bahn  on Sunday, Sep. 30, 2012 6:12 pm  

Arkansas' defense had no answer for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. He finished with 527 yards of total offense. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

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Texas A&M 58, Arkansas 10

OFFENSE – D-minus
 Arkansas totaled 515 yards of offense. Knile Davis looked like Knile Davis for a half, gaining 124 of his 129 offensive yards before halftime. Cobi Hamilton followed up his record 303-yard performance with 11 catches for 162 yards. Hamilton now has a catch in 27 consecutive games.

LOWLIGHTS: All those yards and only 10 points to show for them? Thanks to a running game that bogged down inside the 20 and a pair of interceptions from Tyler Wilson and a Davis fumble, the team again left points on the field. Arkansas was only one of five inside the red zone — a 26-yard Zach Hocker field goal. This wasn’t just on the players, of course. Coaches elected to punt at midfield, rather than go for it in the second quarter. They chose to have Hocker attempt a field goal when down five touchdowns.

 Arkansas held the Aggies to field goals on three possessions. Alonzo Highsmith again led the team in tackles, finishing with 11. He now has 26 tackles in two games since moving to middle linebacker. Freshman A.J. Turner had seven stops at linebacker and freshman cornerback Will Hines finished with six tackles.

LOWLIGHTS: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has talent, but Arkansas made him look like the best player in the country. He literally ran circles around the defense — check the film on his 6-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Manziel finished with an SEC-record 527 yards of total offense. He threw for 453 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 104 more. Arkansas allowed 26 plays of 10-plus yards.

Zach Hocker hit a 26-yard field goal. Dylan Breeding averaged 48.0 yards per punt with a long of 64. Dennis Johnson is now the SEC career leader in kick return yardage with 2,755. Hocker’s kickoffs averaged 64.7 yards and two were touchbacks.

LOWLIGHTS: Hocker missed a field goal. Arkansas had to burn a timeout on an extra point.

OVERALL — D-minus
Poor play wasn’t the only alarming thing to come out of the Razorbacks’ loss to Texas A&M. Body language from players and coaches was also poor, a troubling sign for a team that has been preaching the importance of sticking together and remaining positive. Arkansas has been outscored 110-10 in SEC games this season. These next seven games (spread out over eight weeks) will be difficult to watch if something doesn’t change soon.

Davis showed some spark after a slow start to the season. He had 124 yards of total offense before halftime, including a 64-yard touchdown on a screen pass reception.


SPECIAL TEAMS: Breeding is arguably the most consistent performer on the team. He averaged 48.0 yards per punt and landed one inside the 20.



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