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Arkansas Upsets TCU, Shakes Up Big 12

Photo via Kevin Jairaj – USA Today Images
By: Kyle Spishock (@kyleelconqueror)
September 11th, 2016

 

The last time Kenny Hill faced Arkansas, he gobbled up hog meat, destroying the Razorbacks with nearly 500 yards of total offense.

The last time Gary Patterson played Arkansas coach Bret Bielema was during the 2011 Rose Bowl, when TCU had a perfect season and beat Wisconsin.

The last time the Horned Frogs lost a home game was in November of 2013.

Time has a funny way of changing things. Kenny Hill no longer plays for A&M, Bret Bielema doesn’t coach at Wisconsin, and the Horned Frogs no longer have a 14-game home winning streak.

Arkansas gored the Horned Frogs in a double overtime upset in Fort Worth Friday, winning 41-38. It was the Razorbacks fifth win over a ranked team as an unranked program since 2014.

The first three quarters were a dull affair, with Arkansas’ “ground and pound” wearing down the Horned Frogs experienced defensive front. The Razorbacks had a first-half shutout, and the TCU offense was a mess; quarterback Kenny Hill made poor reads, threw into coverage, and was careless with the ball — emphasized by an interception caught by Brooks Ellis that was returned for a 47-yard pick-six.

After forfeiting 41 points to South Dakota State last week, Coach Gary Patterson’s defense improved, forcing critical three-and- outs in the second half.

Trailing most of the game, Kenny Hill’s spread offense suddenly awoke in the fourth quarter, embarking on a 27-point run.

With only 16 seconds left, TCU kicker Ryan Graf had a chance to boot the game-winning field goal, but was blocked by Arkansas OT Dan Skipper. The momentum drove the Razorbacks into two overtimes, where quarterback Austin Allen’s five-yard touchdown gave them a 41-38 edge.

Hill finished with 377 throwing yards and managed one touchdown to Taj Williams in the first overtime, but was unable to score in the second.

The Big-12 picture is now a mess after losses to Arkansas, Houston, and Central Michigan—defeats received without facing the real challenges of the conference schedule. Texas and Baylor are the only ranked undefeated conference teams.

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