Arkansas loses 3rd in row with 28-21 OT loss to No. 14 Texas A&M in SEC opener

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ARLINGTON, Texas — This was another gut punch for the Razorbacks.

For the second year in a row in the home of one of their most noted alums, the Razorbacks blew a fourth-quarter lead and lost in overtime to Texas A&M.

"I don't want to say it, but this is territory that we've been before," Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Allen said. "We've lost games in Round 4."

Kyle Allen threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns to true freshman Christian Kirk, the second a 20-yarder on the second play of overtime as the 14th-ranked Aggies won 28-21 in the SEC opener Saturday night.

"Ten years I've gone through this, and every win or every loss seems like it's so extremely high and so extremely low," coach Bret Bielema said. "As coaches, we get to go out and compete on Saturday, but there's so many people in Fayetteville that are with them every day, and they don't get to that release of success. It actually is easier for players and coaches, we go right back into prep and you don't have any time to feel sorry for yourself."

The Razorbacks are now 0-9 under Bielema in games decided by less than 10 points.

Arkansas held national sacks leader Myles Garrett without one until just over a minute left in regulation, when he wrapped up Brandon Allen and forced a fumble. A.J. Hilliard recovered at the Razorbacks 41 before a roughing the passer penalty on the next play immediately got the Aggies (4-0, 1-0 SEC) into field goal range.

Taylor Bertolet's 38-yard field goal attempt on the final play of regulation was just wide right.

Arkansas (1-3, 0-1) then got its chance after Kirk's touchdown catch in OT, but DeVante Harris tipped away Brandon Allen's pass to Drew Morgan on fourth-and-4 from the 19.

"He had a great break on the ball, and he deserves a pat on the back because he made a great play," said Morgan, who finished with eight catches for 155 yards and a touchdown.

Brandon Allen completed 20 of 25 passes for 225 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Razorbacks.

Alex Collins ran for 151 yards, with a 4-yard touchdown that put Arkansas up 14-13 before Rawleigh Williams had a 3-yard TD in the opening minute of the fourth quarter.

The Razorbacks were coming off consecutive home losses to Toledo and Texas Tech, that second loss leading Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury to say he expected Arkansas to get its rear kicked again by another spread team. His former boss is Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin.

But Arkansas held the ball for 39 minutes, 28 seconds in regulation, and outgained the Aggies 457 total yards to 423.

Texas A&M overcame a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter against the Razorbacks last year before winning in overtime in the game played annually in the Dallas Cowboys' NFL stadium built by Jerry Jones, a member of Arkansas' undefeated team in 1964.

The Aggies have won all four meetings since joining their former Southwest Conference rival in the SEC in 2012.

Kirk finished with eight catches for 173 yards, his third 100-yard game already. Josh Reynolds had three catches for 106 yards, including a 63-yard play to set up Tra Carson's 2-yard touchdown run with 2:50 left before catching the tying 2-point conversion.

"I didn't think we lacked much," Kyle Allen said. "With the type of offense that Arkansas runs, you're not going to get the ball much. And you're going to have to take advantage of your opportunities."

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