Saturday, October 3, 2009
Halftime: Arkansas 30, A&M 10
By David Ubben
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Here's a quick look at the trends that have helped catapult Arkansas to a 30-10 halftime lead.
Turning point: Texas A&M was poised to reclaim the lead early in the second quarter before Tenarius Wright hit Jerrod Johnson in the Arkansas backfield. Arkansas outside linebacker Jerry Franklin picked up the fumble -- A&M’s first turnover of the season -- and raced untouched on an 85-yard touchdown return. It helped contribute to a run of 30 straight Arkansas points after an early 10-0 A&M lead.
Stat of the half: After hitting five of his first eight passes, Johnson finished the half by completing only six of his next 19 passes. The Texas A&M offensive front had trouble keeping speedy Arkansas defensive ends Jake Bequette and Adrian Davis away from Johnson as the half progressed. The result was Johnson’s struggles after a fast three-game start.
Player of the half: Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett looked like a different quarterback in the first half compared to last week against Alabama. Mallett completed 10 of 17 passes for 193 yards and three touchdown. As impressive as his stats was the way he got his entire team involved. Mallett appeared more confident as the half progressed as he passed to seven different receivers and orchestrated the offense strongly as the half progressed.