Arkansas' hype entering the 2015 season will increase after a commanding 31-7 win over Texas in the 2014 Texas Bowl to finish 7-6 on the season. Along with Clemson and Southern Cal, the Razorbacks now possess one of the more impressive wins of the 2014 postseason.
Largely, the game played out as predicted. The Arkansas defense stymied Texas' offense while the Razorbacks offense managed enough to control the game. After scoring 21 second-quarter points, Arkansas took a 24-7 lead to halftime and coasted to a comfortable finish in the second half.
The Razorbacks defense continued its strong second half of the season by limiting the Texas offense to 59 yards, including two rushing yards on 18 carries. Texas had two turnovers, but the first turnover, a fumble on a botched Tyrone Swoopes handoff, was recovered in the end zone by Taiwan Johnson for a defensive touchdown to stretch Arkansas' lead to 17-0 midway through the second quarter.
Texas would respond with their only scoring drive of the evening. The 44-yard drive would represent more yards than Texas would gain for the rest of the game. Swoopes capped off the drive with three consecutive completed passes and a nine-yard touchdown run, but that drive was the vast majority of the Texas offense while the game was within reach. The drive was also the only drive in a seven-drive stretch that ended in positive yardage for the Longhorns. That stretch ended with a 29-yard drive, but an interception by Henre' Toliver ended the threat.
The Arkansas offense did not do much, but it did not need to. While the Razorbacks controlled the ball for over 41 minutes, they were held to 353 yards on offense. Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins combined for 181 rushing yards while Brandon Allen had his fourth straight game without an interception. Allen threw for 160 yards on 12-of-23 with two passing touchdowns.