NCAA Game Summary - Texas at Arkansas |
(Saturday, September 11th)
Final Score: (7) Texas 22, Arkansas 20
Fayetteville, AR (Sports Network) - Cedric Benson rushed for 183 yards and
scored two touchdowns, as the seventh-ranked Texas Longhorns held off the
Arkansas Razorbacks, 22-20.
Benson scored on a three-yard run and caught a 13-yard touchdown pass for the
Longhorns (2-0), who ended a three-game skid against the Razorbacks. Benson
eclipsed the 4,000-yard career rushing total at Texas, and moved into third on
the school's all-time list, behind only Ricky Williams and Earl Campbell.
The Longhorns jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the opening 3 1/2 minutes of the
contest. Arkansas got the ball first and was forced to punt; the snap went
through the end zone for a safety just 22 seconds into the game.
After the free kick, the Longhorns marched 70 yards in seven plays, capped by
a 49-yard touchdown pass from Vince Young to David Thomas, to go up nine.
Arkansas answered by storming 80 yards in eight plays. Peyton Hillis ended the
drive with an eight-yard run, slicing the Razorbacks' deficit to 9-7.
The 'Horns cranked up a long drive of their own, going 76 yards on seven plays
to restore their nine-point lead at 16-7. Benson rushed for 73 yards on five
carries on the drive, including a 60-yarder. He fittingly capped the drive
with a three-yard scoring run.
Arkansas answered in the second quarter. DeCo Birmingham hauled in a 34-yard
scoring toss from Carlos Ousley to cap a five-play, 64-yard drive that pulled
Arkansas within two points with 5:18 left to play in the first half. The
Razorbacks took their first lead of the game with just over two minutes left
in the second quarter, as Marcus Harrison nailed a 27-yard field goal. That
allowed the Razorbacks to take a 17-16 lead into intermission.
Texas regained its lead midway through the third quarter. The Cedric Benson
show continued for the Longhorns, as Benson rushed for 20 yards and hauled in
a 13-yard scoring toss from Young that put Texas in front, 22-17. That capped
a nine-play, 73-yard drive.
"We hate it when we lose," said Texas coach Mack Brown. "We've had to answer
before. Coming from behind and winning after losing the previous year was
great with the whole nation watching."
Arkansas (1-1) pulled within two points, at 22-20, with 10 minutes left in the
game, as Marcus Harrison nailed a 35-yard field goal.
Arkansas had some solid chances to go ahead in the fourth quarter, none better
than when the Hogs got the ball at midfield with six minutes left. Arkansas
signal-caller Matt Jones engineered a drive deep into Texas territory,
highlighted by a 27-yard pass to Cedric Washington. But on a third-and-eight
from the Texas 13-yard line, Jones was hit from behind by Larry Dibbles, and
he coughed up the football with less than three minutes left. For Dibbles, it
was already the fourth forced fumble of the season. But more importantly, it
stalled the potential go-ahead drive, as Arkansas was already in field goal
Arkansas eventually got the ball back in the final minute, but could not get
into field goal range and had to go for the touchdown on the game's final
play. And Jones was picked off to end it.
"I respect Texas," said Arkansas coach Houston Nutt. "The thing that's so
tough is that we could easily be singing our song right now."
Jones finished 13-of-27 passing for 249 yards, and rushed for 95 yards on 11
Texas' victory got a bit of revenge from the last time these schools met, when
the Razorbacks topped Texas 38-28 on September 13, 2003.
Young connected on 11-of-22 passes for 151 yards and two scores.
Texas' Selvin Young suffered a fractured right ankle in the game, an injury
that was described as a serious fracture...Texas leads the all-time series,
55-21...Arkansas outgained Texas, 451-411.
09/12 01:56:26 ET