HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Arkansas took control on both sides of the ball during Monday’s Advocare V100 Texas Bowl, beating Texas 31-7.
The Horns struggled to gain yards against a Razorbacks defense ranked 24th in the country heading into the game. As a result, the defense became more and more worn down as Arkansas ground them up with two thousand-yard rushers.
Combine that with Manvel-grad Taiwan Johnson jumping on a fumble in the Texas end zone, and the score was 17-0 Arkansas at the 8:13 mark of the second quarter.
Despite UT’s offensive struggles, there were signs of life late in the first half with an eight-play, 44-yard drive midway through the second quarter that culminated in a Tyrone Swoopes nine-yard keeper around the left side for a touchdown. That brought the Horns within 17-7 with 3:59 left in the half.
Texas, however, could not carry over the momentum. Arkansas answered immediately with a nine-play, 61-yard drive. Brandon Allen found Keon Hatcher open in the end zone with 24 seconds left in the half and the Razorbacks were back ahead 24-7.
The Longhorns’ defense pitched a shutout in the third quarter, but Arkansas scored the remainder of their points in the final quarter for the final margin.
To put the Texas struggles into perspective, Arkansas outgained Texas on the evening 351 yards to 59.
The game was a revival of a longtime Southwest Conference rivalry. Including Monday’s result, in a series that dates back to 1894, Texas still leads the all-time series 56-22.
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