Texas A&M and Arkansas have met every year since 2009, with most of those years in Arkansas alumnus Jerry Jones’ stadium in Arlington, Texas. The annual series is still pretty new, but the history between these two teams goes back much further than that.
Before we get into all of that, let’s take a look at the last two games in this series; both ended with thrilling overtime finishes that were heartbreakers for Arkansas fans.
The short version, via Good Bull Hunting:
2014: Texas A&M surges back to beat Arkansas
2014’s game was back-and-forth throughout, with both teams delivering punches. In the first half, for every score Arkansas had, Texas A&M could come right back and score one of its own.
Arkansas entered halftime with a touchdown lead, 21-14. In the third quarter, Bret Bielema’s offense, led by a balanced attack from running back Jonathan Williams and quarterback Brandon Allen, gave the Razorbacks a 28-14 lead.
The Aggies were unable to respond until the fourth quarter ... then scored two unanswered touchdowns, the last with just two minutes to go. In between those, Arkansas missed a 44-yard field goal, which not only failed to deliver the eventual winning score, but also gave TAMU the ball back in good field position.
Texas A&M got the ball first in OT and hit the Razorbacks straight in the mouth, needing just a 25-yard pass from Kenny Hill.
On Arkansas’ possession, they managed to get just nine yards. A&M stuffed running back Alex Collins on 4th and 1 to seal the victory.
2015: Arkansas lets it slip away, again
Last year’s game went a little differently; Arkansas got out to an early 7-0 lead, but in the second quarter and midway through the third, the Aggies managed to score 13 unanswered points.
Bielema did not plan on going down quietly, however. With four minutes left in the third, and within the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, Arkansas scored touchdowns on back-to-back drives.
With four minutes left, the Aggies got the ball back. On first-and-10 from their own 30, TAMU quarterback Kyle Allen found Josh Reynolds on a 63-yard bomb. A pass interference call on the next play would set up an easy two-yard touchdown run from Tra Carson to tie things up.
A Myles Garrett sack on Allen would force a fumble, giving the Aggies one last chance with the ball back on Arky’s 41. The Aggies set up a 38-yard field goal attempt as time expired, but it was no good, forcing yet another overtime.
The Aggies went first, and needed two plays before Allen found Christian Kirk in the end zone to again strike first.
When it was Arkansas’ turn, it was deja vu. The Razorbacks got down to the Aggies’ 19-yard line, and two back-to-back incomplete passes sealed the Aggies' victory.
A deep-rooted history
Believe it or not, these two share quite the long-standing history. Before the 2010 series began, Arkansas and Texas A&M played each other 65 times, including the first game of the series in 1903.
This history comes with the existence of the Southwest Conference, which was created in 1906, and dissolved completely in 1996. Up until that year, it included much of the Texas schools, including Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech, Houston and SMU. The most recent pre-SEC meeting came in Arkansas’ final season in the Southwest Conference in 1991.
Arkansas leads the overall series, 41-28-3, which might make up for the last two years somewhat.