FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KXAN) — Arkansas handed a hard dose of reality to the Texas Longhorns and new head coach Steve Sarkisian Saturday night in Fayetteville. Arkansas dominated both lines of scrimmage for a 40-21 win, showing Texas what the SEC looks like if you don’t have power in the trenches.
Arkansas rushed for 333 yards while Texas couldn’t muster a true offensive attack until junior quarterback Casey Thompson entered the game late in the third quarter. At that point, Arkansas was in complete control.
Hudson Card’s second game as the Longhorns starter was one to forget. The redshirt freshman looked rattled, completing 8-of-15 passes for 61 yards. His night ended with a fumble late in the third quarter that was recovered by Arkansas.
The Razorbacks scored their third touchdown of the game after the Card turnover.
Thompson scored two rushing touchdowns in the final quarter, finishing with 44 rush yards. He was 5-of-8 passing for 57 yards. Bijan Robinson had 69 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
Arkansas students and fans rushed onto the field after the final whistle, creating quite a college football scene. The Texas players and staff can be seen running along the sideline to avoid the massive crowd of fans, gathering near midfield.
Below is a live blog recap of Saturday’s blowout Arkansas win.
THOMPSON SCORES: Casey Thompson scores again for a 40-21 game. Thompson just broke the goal line on fourth and goal.
SCORE: Arkansas leads 40-21
DOMINANT: The Razorbacks have 309 rushing yards — what a statement by the Arkansas offensive line.
The Texas defensive line, which was supposed to be a strength of the team, has some questions to answer.
AJ Green ran for a 30-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to pile on.
SCORE: Arkansas leads 40-14
THOMPSON ENTERS: Steve Sarkisian goes to Casey Thompson for the final drive of the third quarter. It’s around the same time Thompson entered last week’s game against Louisiana. The circumstances are much different.
Card was 8-for-15 passing for 61 yards and a fumble Saturday night.
Thompson’s first drive results in a Longhorns touchdown with the junior punching it in for a 4-yard rushing score.
SCORE: Arkansas leads 33-14
CARD FUMBLES: The freshman mistake hits Hudson Card. Card has the ball knocked out of his hands while scrambling. Arkansas recovers and quickly converts for another touchdown. The rout is on in Fayetteville.
SCORE: Arkansas leads 33-7
FOURTH DOWN MISTAKE: Steve Sarkisian opted to go for it on fourth-and-1 and Bijan Robinson was stuffed in the backfield.
A massive stop for the Arkansas defense may have sealed this game for the Razorbacks. Arkansas’ Cam Little hit his fourth field goal.
SCORE: Arkansas leads 26-7
ARKANSAS RESPONSE: Momentum is only as good as the next play…
Arkansas gashes Texas on a 40-yard pass play to Tyson Morris. Trelon Smith scores Arkansas’ second touchdown of the night from the 1-yard line. Arkansas up 15 at the midway point of the third quarter.
SCORE: Arkansas leads 23-7
MOMENTUM SWING: The Longhorns needed a play to jolt themselves back into Saturday night’s game.
B.J. Foster provided the spark, intercepting a KJ Jefferson pass at the Arkansas 30-yard line.
Bijan Robinson punched in the Longhorns’ first touchdown from the 1-yard line.
SCORE: Arkansas leads 16-7
HALFTIME STATS: The Longhorns offense isn’t working and it’s put the Texas defense in difficult spots. Texas has just 78 yards of offense and three first downs in the first half. Meanwhile, Arkansas has 228 yards, bullying Texas at the point of attack with 146 rushing yards.
The Texas special teams hasn’t been immune to the issues after a Cameron Dicker missed field goal and a blocked punt.
The Longhorns defense has been OK — at least keeping the Longhorns in the game by holding Arkansas to field goals instead of touchdowns.
SCORE: Arkansas leads 16-0
SPECIAL TEAMS ISSUES: Longhorns punter Cameron Dicker bobbles the snap after the fifth failed offensive drive for Texas. After the blocked punt, Arkansas adds a short field goal for a 13-0 lead in the second quarter.
Texas has 57 yards on five offensive drives in the first half.
TOUCHDOWN ARKANSAS: The Texas defense breaks on Arkansas’ second trip to the red zone. Dominque Johnson scores the first touchdown of the game on a 5-yard run. The Razorbacks showed some offensive pop on the seven play, 66-yard scoring drive.
SCORE: 10-0 Arkansas with 10:55 left in second quarter
ARKANSAS STRIKES FIRST: Arkansas is up 3-0 after a Cam Little field goal late in the first quarter. The Longhorns defense stood tough in the red zone, stopping the Razorbacks at the 7-yard line. The Longhorns offense needs a spark without a first down on the first two drives.
SO CLOSE: After three-and-outs for both teams, Texas was nearly in prime position for the first score of the game on an Arkansas muffed punt. Longhorns defensive back Kitan Crawford recovered the ball at the Arkansas 4-yard line, but his foot was out of bounds giving Arkansas the ball at the 4.
SIGHTING: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has arrived on the sideline before the game. Of course, Jones played college football at Arkansas.
PREGAME: The Arkansas student section is here early.