Texas A&M starts fast, but Aggies must hang on to down Arkansas
Jashaun Corbin had the first 100-yard kickoff return to start a game for Texas A&M since 1994, Trayveon Williams ran for 153 yards with two touchdowns and the Aggies beat Arkansas 24-17 Saturday for coach Jimbo Fisher’s first SEC victory.
Corbin, a freshman, fielded his first return at the edge of the end zone and took off before shooting through an open gap across the field toward the opposite sideline. He streaked by the A&M bench and scored untouched to put the Aggies (3-2, 1-1) ahead to stay.
Williams, whose 1-yard score capped A&M’s first offensive possession, had a 4-yard score with five minutes left that made it 24-10 and proved to be the decisive score.
Arkansas (1-4, 0-2) already was down 17-0 after having minus-3 total yards with no first downs and punting on each of its first four possessions.
Because of two interceptions thrown by Kellen Mond and two missed field-goal attempts by Seth Small, the Razorbacks still had a chance when they got the ball back with less than two minutes left. But their attempt to force overtime for the fourth time in the past five games in the series ended when Donovan Wilson intercepted a pass by Ty Storey with 1:11 left.
Texas A&M has won seven consecutive games against former Southwest Conference rival Arkansas since they reconnected in the SEC in 2012. It’s the longest winning streak by either team in the 75- game series.
The Razorbacks are going to have a difficult time getting an SEC victory in their first season under coach Chad Morris without some drastic improvement. They had only 248 total yards, most of that coming on their two 75-yard touchdowns drives – Storey had a 29yard TD pass to Mike Woods after Cole Kelley’s earlier keeper for a 1-yard score. They went threeand-out on seven possessions.
Mond didn’t account for a touchdown for the first time this season and threw both interceptions before halftime – to linebacker Dre Greenlaw. But Mond was 17-of-26 passing for 201 yards.
Vanderbilt 31, Tennessee State 27: Kyle Shurmur threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns as Vanderbilt held on for a win at home. Two of those TD passes went to Kalija Lipscomb, who finished with 174 yards receiving.
Ke’Shawn Vaughn ran for 146 yards and a touchdown for Vanderbilt.
Texas A&M running back Trayveon Williams runs for some of his 153 yards Saturday.