Saturday, October 9, 2010
Halftime analysis: Arkansas 21, A&M 14
By David Ubben
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jerrod Johnson hooked up with Jeff Fuller for a perfect deep ball down the left sideline for a 31-yard touchdown in the final seconds of the first half, a much-needed answer to an Arkansas touchdown that followed an unspecified injury to Von Miller, trimming Arkansas' lead to 21-14.
Stat of the half: Arkansas' two most-used running backs on Saturday, Knile Davis and Broderick Green, have broken big runs and have 94 yards on just 10 carries. Davis set up Arkansas' first touchdown with a 45-yarder, and Green had a 23-yarder late in the half. Texas A&M has to limit those runs in the second half to erase the deficit.
Best player in the half: Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett. He's tossed three touchdown passes, including a perfect deep ball to Cobi Hamilton that put Arkansas up 14-7.
The other best player in the half: Texas A&M defensive back Terrence Frederick. He intercepted Mallett to set up Texas A&M's first touchdown, and recovered a fumble on Arkansas' botched fake field goal in the second quarter.
What Texas A&M needs to do: Keep the offensive balance (20 runs, 19 passes) that was absent against Oklahoma State, and keep feeding Christine Michael (12 carries, 56 yards, TD) while continuing to soften up the secondary with intermediate passes that can set-up deep balls like Johnson's to close the half. He was pressured a little less in the second half, and used his legs (five carries, 41 yards) to escape that pressure and turn possible sacks into first downs. On defense, keep doing what it's doing. The Aggies are tackling well, and though they've left receivers open more often than they'd like, they've limited their yards after catch.