Quarterback Austin Allen’s 5-yard sneak for a touchdown gave the Arkansas Razorbacks a 41-38 upset win in double overtime against No. 12 Texas Christian University and earned the Razorbacks the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Week honor.
The win gave Arkansas (2-0) its third consecutive win against a ranked opponent on the road and broke a 14-game home winning streak for the Horned Frogs (1-1).
Arkansas led 20-7 in the fourth quarter before TCU scored 21 consecutive points to take a 28-20 lead. With 1:49 left to play in regulation Allen led the Razorbacks down the field, completing 4-of-4 passes including a 16-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Keon Hatcher. Arkansas converted the game-tying two-point conversion when Hatcher threw to Allen on a reverse pass to send the game into overtime.
Both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime period, but TCU settled for a field goal in the first frame of the second overtime period before Allen’s game-winning quarterback sneak. Allen finished with a career-high 223 passing yards and three touchdowns in the win.
A blue ribbon panel of 17 members, consisting mostly of former college football coaches and athletic directors and including Academy faculty, chaired by former U.S. Naval Academy athletic director Jack Lengyel, selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Week Award by ballot. At the conclusion of the college football season, the panel selects the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year.
The College Football Game of the Year Award is part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport series, a function of the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA), which was established as “a tribute to the artist and the athlete.”
Each year at the conclusion of the college football season painter Daniel Moore, the ASAMA 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy to render a painting depicting a memorable and pivotal moment to commemorate the selected College Football Game of the Year. In addition, the Academy contributes $5,000 to the winning university’s scholarship fund.
Fans are encouraged to follow the Academy’s Game of the Year process and compare their selected games of the week to the committee’s selection.
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By Eric Mann
Eric Mann is the United States Sports Academy Communications Assistant