Video: Fake punt TD gives Arkansas 21-14 lead over Texas A&M at halftime
Arkansas looked to be giving the ball right back to Texas A&M, following an unsuccessful two-minute drill drive in the latter part of the first half.
The Hogs had a chance to put some points on the board when the Aggies missed a field goal with just over two minutes left in the second quarter, but confusingly, Arkansas called six straight passing plays instead of running the football, which resulted in a punting situation near mid-field.
Thanks to a heads-up audible by Arkansas at the line of scrimmage, the Hogs took advantage of the punt coverage by the Aggies and reeled off a 51-yard fake punt run by Sam Irwin-Hill, who took it all the way for six points.
It was shades of former LSU punter and fellow Aussie Brad Wing.
“I knew they would crowd in there, Sam’s a good athlete and I knew we could get the edge,” head coach Bret Bielema said about the fake punt at halftime. “It was a lot of fun, but we came here to play a four quarter game, so the fun is still ahead.”
It’s those kinds of plays that can completely swing the momentum of the game and with the Hogs receiving the ball to start the second half, they’ll have a big opportunity to go up multiple scores on the No. 6 ranked Aggies.
Arkansas currently leads 21-14 at the half.