The team that controls the tempo is almost always the team that wins in a clash of styles. That held true on Saturday night, as Arkansas jumped all over TCU early and controlled the tempo throughout the game on their way to a 41-38 double overtime win in Fort Worth.
Arkansas started off the game with a 38 yard field goal, and while that was the only points for either team in the first quarter, the scoring picked up in the second quarter, at least for Arkansas, as they hit another field goal and returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown. That gave the Razorbacks 10 points within two minutes.
TCU responded in turn by punting from the Arkansas 35 yard line. Big 12 football fever baby, catch it! After the first half, Arkansas led, 13-0. Definitely not the start TCU wanted or needed.
The Horned Frogs started off the second half with a bang, as Kyle Hicks cut the Arkansas lead to 6 with a 9 yard rush. A few 3 and outs from both teams later, Arkansas struck again on a 13 yard toss from Austin Allen to Drew Morgan, extending that lead back to 13. The Razorbacks would hold that lead through the remainder of the third quarter. Arkansas threatened to score early in the fourth but a goal line stand and a missed kick kept the score at 20-7, and gave the Horned Frogs a little hope, with 11 minutes to go in Fort Worth.
Perhaps that missed kick was what TCU needed, because on the ensuing possession, TCU drove 94 yards before capping off the long drive with a 1 yard Kenny Hill touchdown run, cutting the Arkansas lead back to 6 with a little under 10 minutes to go. After an Arkansas 3 and out, TCU scored again, this time on a 7 yard Hicks touchdown run, giving TCU the 21-20 lead with about 7 minutes to go. Don’t call it a comeback. With a little over 2 minutes to go, Kenny Hill ran for 5 yards and a score, giving TCU a 28-20 lead. Arkansas ran a beautiful 2 minute drill and drove all the way down the field, scoring on a 17 yard pass to cut the lead to 2. Meaning that Arkansas would have to go for a 2 point conversion, and go for it they certainly did, on a double reverse, wide receiver pass to the quarterback, tying the game at 28 with just a minute to go.
Chaos hates me, you, the Big 12, football, and everything else on earth. Chaos wasn’t ready to flee Fort Worth yet, as KaVontae Turbin took the kickoff 64 yards, putting TCU in great field position with under a minute remaining in the game. After an Arkansas icing attempt, Ryan Graf’s 28 yard kick attempt was blocked. Arkansas took a knee, and this one will be settled in overtime.
Arkansas struck first, with a beautiful 19 yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Sprinkle to take a 35-28 lead, forcing TCU to score on their possession to send it to double overtime. TCU does just that, keeping their hopes alive with a 13 yard touchdown pass to Taj Williams. DOUBLE OVERTIME HERE WE COME, WHO NEEDS SLEEP WHEN YOU HAVE COLLEGE FOOTBALL?
TCU started off the second overtime with a 37 yard Ryan Graf field goal, giving themselves a 38-35 lead, meaning the defense has to step up big for TCU to win in double overtime. The defense did no such thing, as Arkansas won the game on a 5 yard Austin Allen run.
Goodnight, sweet Horned Frogs.
|3rd down efficiency||7-16||11-18|
|4th down efficiency||0-0||1-1|
|Yards per pass||7.7||6.5|
|Yards per rush||4.2||6.1|
EMPTYING THE NOTEBOOK
Arkansas got their first touchdown on this Brooks Ellis pick six.
— Travis Durkee (@Travis_Durkee) September 11, 2016
TCU out-gained Arkansas in the first half 222 to 142, but still trailed 13-0 at the half, as they struggled with getting into the end-zone. TCU also won the first half first down battle, 10 to 8.
Another cause of TCU’s first half woes was turnovers, as the aforementioned interception and a Kyle Hicks fumble resulted in what was likely a 14 point Arkansas swing, as TCU would have probably scored on that possession if not for the fumble.
TCU responds in overtime
Mr. September Heisman, Kenny TRILL Hill pic.twitter.com/jSGaWYVWUG
— Jack McGuire (@BigDaddysCourt) September 11, 2016
The game winner
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) September 11, 2016