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Mistakes piling up on both sides

10/9/2010

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas A&M avoided trouble with an early mistake -- a fumble in the secondary by receiver Jeff Fuller -- and Arkansas failed to capitalize on a second fumble deep in its opponent's territory, and hasn't stretched its 14-7 lead late in the second quarter.

Aggies center Matt Allen's snap was low and dribbled between quarterback Jerrod Johnson's legs. Arkansas emerged from the pile with the ball.

After Texas A&M's defense held, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino tried to channel his inner Les Miles, which these days, isn't a good thing. He called a fake field goal, with the holder trying to pitch the ball over his head to the streaking kicker, Zach Hocker. But the Hogs botched the pitch and Terrence Frederick recovered the fumble, his second big play of the day after an interception in the first quarter.

LSU tried the same play and succeeded earlier in Miles' career.

Texas A&M's defense has been impressive after a shaky start, but a team trying to earn a top-15 upset can't afford any turnovers deep in their own territory, much less two in one half.

Arkansas' Zach Hocker missed a 49-yard field goal wide right after the Fuller's fumble.