ARLINGTON, Texas — For three quarters all Arkansas’ secondary questions appeared answered. Problems solved.

ARLINGTON, Texas — For three quarters all Arkansas’ secondary questions appeared answered. Problems solved.


Thing is, a game is four quarters. And in Saturday’s case, an overtime, too.


Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill lit the Razorbacks secondary for 179 yards passing in the final 12 minutes of regulation and another 25 yards in overtime. The latter yardage came on one play — the first play — of extra time and the Aggies rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Arkansas, 35-28, at AT&T Stadium.


Thirty-six minutes of holding one of college football’s new darlings, Hill, to substandard numbers was wiped clean in another 12. Actually in just barely over a minute.


Hill found Edward Pope on an 86-yard touchdown toss with 11 minutes, 59 seconds left, the second of a two-play drive that lasted 43 seconds. Hill connected with Josh Reynolds for another big strike, this one 59 yards, on a second two-play drive that lasted all of 21 seconds and left just 2:08 left.


Appropriately enough given the Razorbacks’ failures in the secondary, an untimed play — Hill to Malcome Kennedy for 25 yards — was the final, and decisive, blow.


Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said his team was simply caught.


"On defense your eyes will tell you everything you need to know, but if your eyes are in the wrong spot — if you’re looking at something you’re not supposed to — they turn into lying eyes," Bielema said. "And that’s exactly what happened on a couple of those key plays."


Arkansas had allowed just 233 yards per game and eight touchdowns through four games entering Saturday’s loss. Hill finished with 386 yards and four touchdowns. The ninth-ranked passer in the Football Bowl Subdivision eclipsed his own average (340) with the outburst.


The yards were not terribly efficient, though. Hill was just 15 of 31 passing through three quarters, too. Texas A&M receivers had more than a couple drops, but the Arkansas defenders also forced about as many difficult throws and erratic balls from Hill’s hands.


Safety Alan Turner was especially glum about the collapse.


"Guys, including myself, eyes were in the backfield," Turner said. "We tried to make some adjustments and keep playing our gameplan. They have a good offense. They were able to make some plays."


The secondary made a couple plays, too. Carroll Washington intercepted Hill with 8:34 left in the game game and Arkansas nursing a seven-point lead. The teams traded three-and-outs and Arkansas looked to put the game away with a seven-play, 50-yard drive that chewed three minutes off the clock. John Henson’s field goal try, which would have put Arkansas ahead by 10 points, missed wide left, Texas A&M took over and Hill needed two throws to tie the game.


There were positives and they outnumbered the negatives in number, if not size. Bielema didn’t care. At least, not Saturday. They’ll have to be corrected in two weeks when Arkansas hosts Alabama, the 13th-ranked passing team in FBS.


"There are a lot of positive steps. But I didn’t fly to Dallas to make a positive step," he said. "I came here to win and our players did. To get that close and then not have it — it’s a critical week for us."