Officiating mistake robs Texas A&M of long touchdown run


For the fourth time in five years, the annual Arkansas-Texas A&M game went into overtime, ending in a thrilling 50-43 Aggies victory.

The Aggies are now 6-0 in the series since joining the SEC in 2012 and, along with No. 1 Alabama, are one of two SEC West teams that Arkansas has failed to defeat during that time.

The trophy might not mean much, but for now it means Texas A&M is 3-1 overall and 1-0 in SEC play. "It's just gut-wrenching. We say a prayer before and after every game, and I know we're getting tested in some tough ways". The scintillating junior, who had scored on an 81-yard touchdown catch and a 100-yard kick return in regulation, sprinted to the goal line, shedded his defender with a sharp left turn and brought in a strike from freshman quarterback Kellen Mond at the left edge of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown. Alas, a potential major controversy was averted, and Texas A&M can move forward having pushed the UCLA debacle that put Sumlin in the crosshairs further into the rearview. So the ref's bad call effectively cost A&M four points.

The following drive, Arkansas would regain the lead when Allen found Jonathan Nance for a 44 yard touchdown, then Allen found Jeremy Patton for the 2 point conversion to put Arkansas up 3. "Yeah, we have a lot of young guys, but we had enough old guys that have been there before and have been through it and able to set the tone and attitude". However, the side judge ruled Mond out at the 10-yard line. Offensive coordinator Dan Enos dove into his bag of tricks on the 2nd play of the drive, when Chase Hayden took the direct snap and raced 22 yards to put Arkansas in A&M territory. "All I had to do was just hit the hole and go". "And, because of that, because of their effort, and because of their belief in each other, really, nothing else matters", he said. Regardless of the circumstance that caused it Mond has become the starter for the Aggies.

Instead of a 90-yard touchdown run, the play ended up being a 79-yard run.

DE Landis Durham had the first multiple sack performance of his career Saturday, dumping Allen twice.

Daylon Mack had his first start in two years Saturday, in the place of Henderson. "The only thing you just hate is the timing of it at the end of the game and the effect it ultimately had on the game is pretty significant". Arkansas had 457 yards and averaged 5.0 YPC.