Tyler Wilson passed for a team-record 510 yards Saturday to help the 18th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks overcome an 18-point halftime deficit to defeat No. 14 Texas A&M, 42-38.
Texas A&M (2-2) scored five touchdowns in the first half but Arkansas (4-1) came back after halftime by scoring on four of six second-half drives, which earned the Razorbacks selection as the Week 5 winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 College Football Game of the Year contest.
Trailing the Aggies, 38-35, with 4 minutes 22 seconds left, Wilson led the nine-play, 80-yard drive for the winning touchdown. The Arkansas score that put them ahead for the first time in the game came when Broderick Green ran 3 yards for a touchdown with 1:41 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Wilson, who shattered the Arkansas passing record of 409 yards set by Ryan Mallett against Vanderbilt last season, was 30 of 51 with three touchdowns, including a pinpoint 68-yarder to Jarius Wright. Wright caught 13 passes for a school-record 281 yards. Wilson also ran for a 2-point conversion that tied the score at 35-35.
Texas A&M blew a big first half lead for the second straight game and lost to the Razorbacks for the third consecutive season. Texas A&M hasn’t beaten Arkansas since 1991 and the Aggies have lost seven straight against Southeastern Conference teams since their last win in 1995.
A national panel of experts selects the Academy’s College Football Game of the Week. Each week’s winner is then considered for the College Football Game of the Year contest at the end of the regular season.
Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy donates the painting to the winning university, along with $5,000 for its general scholarship fund.