The Hogs and Aggies continue the Southwest Classic Oct. 9, 2010
Heading into last year's matchup, the Texas A&M Aggies were 3-0, and the Arkansas Razorbacks were 1-2.
Hog fans were going to use the game as a measuring stick, to see if maybe the Razorbacks' woes were due to facing two highly ranked SEC teams the preceding weeks.
Aggie fans were going to do the same, after facing three cupcakes that showed little resistance in A&M's path to 3-0.
When all was said and done, the 71,872 in attendance found out about their respective teams, with the Hogs routing the Texas A&M Aggies 47-19.
After the Aggies jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead in the first quarter, the Hogs then ripped out 30 unanswered points, for a 30-10 halftime lead.
The Hogs gave up only nine points in the remaining 30 minutes of the contest.
When the dust finally settled, many of the fans had left their seats to look over Arkansas Alumni Jerry Jones' $1.5 billion complex, while enough fans remained to produce a loud "S-E-C, S-E-C" chant.
Individual Stats (2009)
Texas A&M : Jerrod Johnson- 30/58 for 345 yards 2 touchdowns 2 fumbles
Arkansas : Ryan Mallett- 17/27 for 271 yards 4 touchdowns 1 Int
Texas A&M : Cyrus Gray- 12 carries for 65 yards AVG 5.4
Christine Micheal- 11 carries 46 yards AVG 4.2
Arkansas : Ronnie Wingo Jr- 4 carries 86 yards 1 TD AVG 21.5
Broderick Green- 11 carries 28 yards AVG 2.5
Texas A&M : Brandel Jackson- 4 catches 118 yards 1 TD AVG 29.5
Ryan Tannehill- 6 catches 66 yards 1 TD AVG 11.0
Arkansas : Joe Adams- 3 catches 110 yards AVG 36.7
Micheal Smith- 5 catches 65 yards 1 TD AVG 13.0
Texas A&M Arkansas
First Downs 28 16
3rd Down Efficiency 7-18 5-12
Total Yards 458 434
Passing 345 271
Rushing 113 163
Turnovers 2 3
Fumbles 2 2
Interceptions 0 1
KR Yards 191 110
PR Yards 15 10
Penalties 8-87 7-52
T.O.P. 32:13 27:47
Based on these numbers and without looking at the score, you would think that Texas A&M had won the game.
With many of the same faces returning this year, those numbers will not be the same come Oct. 10, 2010.
Arkansas' passing attack ranks 1st in the SEC and third nationally, while Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett is averaging 359.5 yards passing per game.
Last year the Aggies defense looked a little shaky on pass defense.
In 2010 the Aggies have only allowed an average of 134.3 passing yards per game, albeit against Stephen F. Austin, Louisiana Tech and Florida International.
Like Arkansas' Week 4 opponent, Texas A&M has yet to face a high -passing attack that can score from anywhere on the field.
Arkansas Razorback and Texas A&M fans alike will find out how good this Aggie team is tonight when they face off against Big 12 foe Oklahoma State.
In the coming days I will continue with a preview piece on the Oct. 9 matchup between the No. 15 Arkansas Razorbacks and the Aggies of Texas A&M.
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