ARLINGTON, Texas — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said earlier this season left tackle Dan Skipper had become a marked man by officials because of his aggressiveness.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said earlier this season left tackle Dan Skipper had become a marked man by officials because of his aggressiveness.


The officials got him for two penalties against Texas A&M in AT&T Stadium on Saturday. And the mistakes played a big role in Arkansas’ 35-28 overtime loss.


"I let him know on the sideline that you earn everything that you do," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. "And, unfortunately, it’s a life lesson he’s got to go through."


The first flag was a holding penalty in the second quarter, which wiped out what would’ve been a 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Allen to tight end Hunter Henry. The Razorbacks eventually punted after the drive stalled.


It happened again in the fourth quarter, when a 57-yard run by Jonathan Williams to the Texas A&M one-yard line was wiped out by a tripping penalty on Skipper.


Arkansas, which led 28-14 at the time, had to punt three plays later and Texas A&M kicked off its comeback, scoring twice in the fourth quarter to force overtime.


Allen said after the game Arkansas can’t "expect to win against a good team" when big plays are nullified by penalties. But Allen also defended his teammate, saying Skipper will learn from the mistakes.


"He’s one of the hardest workers, one of the hardest players that I’ve ever met, and I’ve got no doubt about him," Allen said. "He’s going to bounce back from this. He’s a heck of a player. And one of the calls I thoroughly didn’t agree with. I thought that was just him playing hard and it’s hard to fault a guy who plays hard like he does."


Skipper’s penalties were the most costly flags Saturday, but the sophomore certainly wasn’t alone. Arkansas has prided itself on playing clean this season, but committed a season-high eight penalties for 76 yards in the loss to the Aggies.


"That was one of the big things," Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers said. "I had one of the penalties on their second touchdown drive. We’ve got to play clean."


Tricky, Tricky


Arkansas punter Sam-Irwin Hill gave the Razorbacks a halftime lead with his surprising, 51-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter.


The play came on fourth-and-10 from the Arkansas 49 late in the half. Irwin-Hill caught the snap and sprinted around the left side of the Arkansas offensive line. The senior picked up enough blockers to get the first down, then worked his way through traffic to get into the end zone.


"They gave us a look that we wanted," Bielema said about the fake. "After that, they did look to me and I triggered it. Obviously, a great job of executing. I didn’t know if he was going to get in the end zone over there, but he did a really nice job."


It was Irwin-Hill’s first rushing attempt this season. He had two carries for eight yards last season. Irwin-Hill went 2-for-4 passing for 24 yards.


Collins Breaks Free


Alex Collins worked hard in the offseason to become a better big-play threat. The running back has produced two touchdown runs of 50 yards or more in five games.


Collins, who entered the game as the SEC’s leading rusher, broke off a 50-yard touchdown run in the second quarter Saturday. It came two weeks after his game-clinching, 84-yard touchdown run in the 49-28 win at Texas Tech.


The big play Saturday came with the game tied 7-7. Arkansas faced third-and-1 at midfield and handed the ball to Collins. He got the first down with no trouble because of sound blocking at the line of scrimmage and broke into the secondary.


Only one defender — safety Armani Watts — had a chance at Collins after he reached the second level. But the running back beat Watts by cutting back to his right and finished the rest of his run to give Arkansas a 14-7 lead.


Collins finished with 131 rushing yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.


Finding Henry


Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry hasn’t been a big part of Arkansas’ passing attack through the first four games. But the sophomore enjoyed his best game Saturday.


Henry, who had a career-high 109 receiving yards against the Aggies last season, caught four passes for 36 yards in Arkansas’ win Saturday.


Henry had 4 catches for 55 yards and a touchdown entering Saturday’s game.


Tight end A.J. Derby also caught 3 passes for 58 yards and a touchdown, including a 44-yard touchdown catch that gave the Razorbacks a 28-14 lead. A third tight end — Jeremy Sprinkle — caught one pass for 13 yards in the loss.


Ellis, Gaines Return


Arkansas had two of its three defensive starters back for Saturday’s game.


Linebacker Brooks Ellis (head) and safety Rohan Gaines (shoulder) started and played after leaving last week’s Northern Illinois win with injuries. Ellis finished with seven tackles, while Gaines recorded six.


One other starter, linebacker Randy Ramsey, did not play Saturday. Ramsey missed two games earlier this season with an ankle injury and, after injuring his other ankle last week, did not travel with the team to Arlington.


Bielema also said cornerback Henre’ Toliver, who started for the second time in his career, left the game after being scratched in the eye.


Extra Points


Arkansas’ loss was its first in AT&T Stadium. The Razorbacks were 4-0 with three wins against Texas A&M before Saturday’s loss to the Aggies. … Arkansas cornerback Carroll Washington recorded the first interception of his career in the fourth quarter. … Texas A&M’s Drew Kaser punted eight attempts in the Aggies’ first four games. But Kaser had to punt four times in the first half. … The Southwest Classic brought out some former players from both teams. Former Razorbacks Ken Hamlin and Felix Jones were spotted on the field before kickoff Saturday. Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel – who is now with the Cleveland Browns – was in attendance as well. Cleveland has a bye week.


— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau