Arkansas is making itself at home in the Texas Bowl against Texas, leading the Longhorns 24-7 at the midpoint.
The key sequence came midway through the second quarter as Jaxon Shipley declined to catch a punt at his own 10 yard-line, and instead watched the Hogs down the ball at the 3. Disaster struck on the next snap as Tyrone Swoopes and Johnathan Gray, standing just in front of the Arkansas end of NRG Stadium, botched an exchange inside their own end zone, and Taiwan Johnson hopped on the loose ball for a touchdown to give Arkansas a 17-0 lead.
Texas responded with a sharp drive as Swoopes completed all four of his passes for 31 yards and rushed in from nine yards out to give the ‘Horns some apparent momentum heading into the half, but Arkansas immediately responded with a nine-play, 61-yard drive capped by a five-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Allen to Keon Hatcher with 25 seconds to go before the break.
Allen has completed 8-of-16 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns, and Arkansas has totaled 100 yards on 21 carries.
Swoopes hit 6-of-10 throws for 30 yards (for those of you paying attention, this means he had minus-1 passing yard until Texas’ scoring drive), while three Longhorns rushers have combined for 16 yards on 14 carries.
Arkansas has a 217-46 yardage advantage and scored on all but two possessions in the first half.
Texas will receive the ball to open the second half.