7. Reversing the field against Arkansas
A rainy day in College Station was the scene for our next entry. The young freshman phenom had led his team to a 2-1 record, and the Aggies were looking for more. After dismantling SMU and South Carolina State, the first real test of the season after Florida was Arkansas.
The Razorbacks came to town coming off an 11-2 season where they finished in the top-5. But the 2012 season was not treating the Hogs as kindly. They were looking to come back after an overtime loss to Louisiana Monroe the week prior.
This Arkansas game was the only home game I missed in my four years at Texas A&M, so I saw this later. My reaction was much the same as many Aggies, who point to this as their first real “woah” moment with Johnny. We knew he was pretty good, but this was his first game where we saw just how special Johnny could be in the Maroon and White. On a called pass, Johnny buys time before running the “hoop” better than the defensive end chasing him could do, reverses field again, and scores.
Even though Arkansas in 2012 was not a great team (they went 4-8, and 2-6 in SEC play), this is not something that SEC defenses, or defenses in any conference in the FBS, give up.