Texas A&M and Arkansas were pit against each other on Saturday night in Arlington as AT&T Stadium played host to this annual meeting between SEC West foes and former rivals of the old Southwest Conference. Given that the perception of both teams were hung up in the balance heading into this encounter, nobody knew quite what to expect when the Razorbacks and Aggies collided on the final Saturday in September.
By night’s end, it would be Texas A&M that would be making the biggest statement as the Ags walked away with a decisive 45-24 victory over their rivals to the north.
Here’s what we learned from this encounter.
1. Texas A&M’s defensive line is something fierce: The Aggies were tested up front on multiple occasions on Saturday night. Especially so at the goalline as they were tasked with making goal line stands against the Hogs. Well, mission accomplished. A&M passed nearly every test with flying colors, coming away with big-time stands that would prove pivotal in the game.
2. Trayveon Williams is a stud: The former four-star running back from Houston was electric in A&M’s victory over Arkansas. Williams carried the ball 12 times and racked up 153 yards, good for a mark of 12.75 yards per carry. Williams scored two touchdowns on the ground as well. That’s back-to-back 100+ yard performances for the Houston native, who might be on his way to being the Aggies’ latest freshman star.
3. Both these teams are good, to be honest: While the deficit was large, Arkansas and Texas A&M proved their worth in this clash. Austin Allen was terrific while taking a serious beating under center on behalf of the Aggies’ fierce pass rush all night long. Their trio of wide receivers -- Jared Cornelius, Drew Morgan and Keon Hatcher -- all showed out in their own ways as did tight end Jeremy Sprinkle.
Meanwhile, A&M is up to their September success again but there’s still optimism running rampant in College Station. Josh Reynolds was dynamic, catching four passes for 141 yards and a touchdown including a 92-yard reception. The aforementioned Williams was terrific and Trevor Knight looks to be everything A&M could’ve asked for and more at quarterback.