Arkansas stopped Mississippi State on fourth-and-2 just short of the goal line to win a 17-10 overtime decision on a cold and rainy Saturday in Starkville, Miss.
Freshman tailback Brandon Holmes, subbing for the injured Fred Talley, scored
on a 5-yard run as Arkansas scored on the first possession of overtime. Mississippi
State then came up empty on its overtime possession.
The Bulldogs stayed alive on a 22-yard pass completion to the UA 15 on fourth-and-21
before the Hogs stiffened at the goal line. Arkansas fell behind 10-0. MSU scored
on its first possession on a 38-yard field goal by Scott Westerfield on the game's
Two 15-yard penalties against the UA defense aided that drive. The Hogs turned
away a fullback plunge on third down from the 1-yard line. That play lost one
yard. Then, on fourth down from just inside the 2-yard line, a tailback sweep
was halted just short of the goal line. The other MSU score came on a 40-yard
pass interception for a touchdown. Zac Clark threw that pass.
The Hogs, with Robby Hampton taking over at quarterback, controlled the second
half. MSU made only five first downs against a UA defense called by secondary
coach John Thompson. A fumble recover set up a short 21-yard drive and a Brennan
O'Donohoe 38-yard field goal midway through the third quarter to reduce the deficit
Then, after the Hogs kept the Bulldogs bottled up on their end of the field for
the entire fourth quarter, the Hogs punched it in for the tying touchdown behind
power running from Holmes and solid play from the UA offensive line. Holmes scored
the tying touchdown with just over one minute to play on a 1-yard run.
However, MSU had its chances to win in overtime. A 44-yard pass and run by Dicenzio
Miller put the Bulldogs deep in UA territory. Two personal fouls pushed MSU inside
the UA 10-yard line in the closing seconds. Westerfield's 22-yard field goal was
blocked after a low snap on the game's final play of regulation.
Holmes rushed 16 times for 91 yards. He took over for the final period after Talley
suffered what was believed to be a torn ACL. Talley gained 85 yards on 26 carries.
Arkansas improves its record to 5-5 with a date left on Friday with LSU at Little
Rock. The victory sent Auburn to the SEC championship game against Florida. The
Hogs could put themselves in the bowl picture with a victory over LSU.
Arkansas suffered three turnovers in the game, all of them pass interceptions.
The Hogs managed only one takaway, the fumble that set up the UA field goal. However,
they blocked two Westerfield field goals.
Razorbacks Rally in Overtime, 17-10
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