Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Arkansas came away with a 41-38 win. The road there was winding.
This is why college football is the greatest sport. No. 15 TCU took on Arkansas Saturday night, and Bret Bielema dominated things right out of the gate. His Razorbacks were up 20-7 as the two teams entered the third quarter. However, TCU would not go away without a fight as they went into the fourth quarter.
The Horned Frogs rallied back and scored three unanswered touchdowns to take a 28-20 lead with two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
But Arkansas would not go away, marching from its own 42 yard line for a four-play scoring drive — Austin Allen would find Keon Hatcher for a 16-yard touchdown pass on first down.
But given that, Arkansas needed the two-point conversion. Bielema wound up calling a QB reverse and it worked — the wide receiver Hatcher found his quarterback Allen in the end zone to tie things up.
As it turns out, the Hogs had a name for that reverse play — “The Frog,” because of course.
“It’s just one word,” Arkansas wideout Drew Morgan said via David Ubben. Below is an excerpt from Ubben’s report.
“Morgan said that the word — and the exact execution — of the play changes nearly every week. They’d practiced the end-around reverse pass to quarterback Austin Allen “two or three times” this week and installed it last week. This week, it was called “Frog,” which is short for “We’re going to ‘Frog ‘Em.'”
“It’s one of those plays where it’s like ‘Did he just call this play?'” Morgan said. “It just feels like it’s slow motion the entire time.”
Arkansas then punted, and TCU’s KaVontae Turpin miraculously was able to return it for 64 yards to the Arkansas 27. The Horned Frogs were able to get down to the Arkansas 11 to attempt a 28-yard field goal with 16 seconds left in regulation.
Good, right? NOPE! The kick, amazingly, was blocked by Arkansas’ Dan Skipper!
TO OVERTIME WE GO!
Arkansas was able to strike first, scoring on a three-play, 25-yard touchdown drive to take a seven-point lead.
TCU would not go away on its possession though and scored on five plays. Kenny Hill found Taj Williams for a 13-yard touchdown.
TO A SECOND OVERTIME WE GO!
TCU was able to score on its possession, but wasn’t able to find the end zone, despite getting inside Arkansas’ 20 — they settled for a field goal to take a three-point lead, but then it was Beilema’s turn.
The Hogs were aggressive quickly, with Dominique Reed getting a first and goal on a 15-yard run on the first play of the possession, landing inside TCU’s 10. They were able to get inside TCU’s five, and on third and goal, Allen scored on a quarterback keeper to get an unbelievable 41-38 victory.
Arkansas, who barely beat Louisiana Tech 21-20 last week to open the season, now looks like a legitimate SEC West contender with the victory. Meanwhile, with TCU losing, the Big 12’s best undefeated team might be … Texas?!