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Razorbacks vs. Aggies in Southwest Classic

TEXAS A&M vs. ARKANSAS
6:30 p.m. CT
Ft. Worth, Texas
Cowboys Stadium (80,000)
LIVE TV: ESPN2
[Mark Jones, play-by-play; Bob Davie, color analyst]

THE COACHES

Mike Sherman is in his second season at Texas A&M with a record of 7-8 (.467) and in his seventh season overall with a record of 59-43 (.578). The Aggies' offensive coordinator is Nolan Cromwell and the defensive coordinator is Joe Kines.

Bobby Petrino is in his second season at Arkansas with a record of 6-9 (.400) and seventh overall with a record of 50-28 (.641). The Razorbacks' offensive coordinator is Paul Petrino and the defensive coordinator is Willie Robinson.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN TEXAS A&M HAS THE BALL

In his second season as a starter, quarterback Jerrod Johnson has been nothing short of brilliant in the first three games of 2009. The Big 12's top rushing quarterback (65.3 yard per game) also averages over 300 passing yards (320.3) and nearly 400 yards of total offense (385.7) per game. Johnson leads the nation in points responsible for with an average of 26.0 points per game (9 passing TDs, 4 rushing TDs). Jamie McCoy is averaging 4.3 catches and 56.3 yards per game this season which puts him among the top five tight ends in the country.

Defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard leads the team with 4.5 tackles for loss this season. His career total (30.5) ranks 12th in school history. Sheppard has led the Razorbacks in tackles for loss each of the last two seasons. Malcolm Sheppard has had at least half of a tackle for a loss in each of the last 11 games. Wendel Davis is tied for the team lead in tackles with Matt Harris as the two have 19 each. Davis led the squad in tackles in the season opener against Missouri State and against Georgia. He is tied for second on the team in tackles for loss (2.5). Jerry Franklin started his 15th-straight game at Alabama.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN ARKANSAS HAS THE BALL

The Aggies are the NCAA leaders in quarterback sacks per game just a season after posting just 16 sacks for the entire 2008 season and ranking No. 100 in the NCAA statistics. Led by NCAA individual leader Jack Von Miller, the Aggies have sacked the opposing quarterback 14 times in three games or an NCAA-best 4.67 per game. Miller has contributed eight sacks, and defensive mates LB Kyle Mangan, DL Tony Jerod-Eddie, DL Eddie Brown, "jack" Matt Featherston and DE Matt Moss have combined for six more.

Through three games, Ryan Mallett has thrown for 877 yards and seven touchdowns. In just 12 quarters, Mallett has thrown for as many or more touchdowns than the Razorbacks did all season 24 times (records dating back to 1947). Michael Smith led all rushers against Alabama with 12 carries for 61 yards. He has now rushed for 1,775 yards and 15 career touchdowns. Greg Childs leads the team with three touchdown receptions this season (two vs. Georgia, one at Alabama). Last season, D.J. Williams and Andrew Davie led the Razorbacks with three touchdown receptions.

SPECIAL TEAMS

After the season-opener head coach Mike Sherman termed the Aggies' punt game "serviceable, but not a winning effort necessarily." Now three games into the season, the Aggies rank No. 7 nationally in net punting with a 42.0 average. First-year punter Ken Wood, a sophomore transfer from Montana, is averaging a healthy 44.0 yards on 11 punts and has left four boots inside the opponent 20-yard line. Only three of Woods' punts have been returned, for a total of two yards.

Against Alabama Dennis Johnson returned three kickoffs for 81 yards to bring his career total to 1,164 yards, which ranks as the fourth highest total in school history. The Razorbacks converted their first fake punt of the season at Alabama on a nine-yard run by Ronnie Wingo, Jr. The play came on fourth and six at the Arkansas 25-yard line. Alex Tejada remains perfect on the year going 1-of-1 on extra-point tries. He is now 4-of-4 on field goal attempts and 12--of-12 on extra-point opportunities.

SERIES/GAME NOTES
Record: ARK, 38-24-3

  • Last: Texas A&M, 13-3 (1991 at College Station)


The teams have not met since 1991, Arkansas' final year in the SWC...The Razorbacks lead the all-time series with Texas A&M, 38-24-3... The two teams met for the first time on Oct. 31, 1903. From 1934 until 1991, the two teams played annually as Southwest Conference members... On March 10, 2008, officials from both schools announced the revival of the series. The initial agreement between the two schools allows the game to be played for at least 10 years...The game will be the 66th meeting between Arkansas and Texas A&M... This year's game will mark the second time the two have ever played outside of Fayetteville, Little Rock or College Station (1912 in Dallas).

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