Texas A&M starts fast, but Ag­gies must hang on to down Arkansas

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports - As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

NO­TABLE

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.

JEF­FREY MCWHORTER AP

Texas A&M run­ning back Trayveon Wil­liams runs for some of his 153 yards Satur­day.

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