Arkansas 48, Mew Mexico State 20 (Final)

Matt Jones ran for three touchdowns and passed for another as Arkansas broke open a tight game with three TDs in a four-minute stretch in the third quarter. Jones ran seven times for 132 yards and completed 8 of 10 passes for 139 yards. His TD runs covered 8, 62 and 21 yards, and his TD pass covered 25 yards.

Matt Jones dazzled with 132 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns and Shawn Andrews added another rushing TD from 1 yard out as the Razorbacks rolled to 308 yards rushing against the Aggies.

Arkansas led only 14-10 at halftime and by just 21-17 midway through the third quarter before a Jones-led burst put the Aggies away. Arkansas improved to 7-3 overall and will play host to Mississippi State next week in Fayetteville. Attendance at Reynolds Razorback Stadium was 53,728.

"It's great to win at home," Houston Nutt said. "I think in the first half we stopped ourselves with penalties and dropped balls and fumbles. Any time you jump out of conference play you have to guard against a lack of concentration. I really liked how we exploded in the third quarter and were able to stay ahead.

"We got to play a lot of people, like Radale Pearson, Caleb Ceasar and Dowell Loggains. We also got to see our line for next year with Zac Tubbs, Tony Uogh and Kyle Roper. They deserved to play and have practiced hard."

After a scoreless first quarter, New Mexico State got on the scoreboard first on a 39-yard field goal by Dario Aguiniga. The Aggies took advantage of a field position break on a punt when Jacob Skinner fumbled a low snap and was tackled for a 12-yard loss at the UA 25-yard line. The Aggies made only 3 yards before settling for the field goal.

Matt Jones then led the Hogs on a six-play, 90-yard TD march. Jones passed 25 to Richard Smith to start the drive, then finished it with another 25-yard strike on a post pattern. It was 7-3 at 9:37 of the second quarter.

Marvin Jackson's 22-yard punt return started the Hogs at the UA 40. Jones needed seven snaps to cover the 60 yards. Jones passed 40 to George Wilson and 11 to Mark Pierce. On second-and-goal from the 2-yard line, the Hogs put Shawn Andrews at tailback. The 360-pounder plunged to within inches on his first try, then plowed deep into the end zone for the TD. It was 14-3 with 2:38 left in the half.

New Mexico State answered with a 14-play, 82-yard TD drive. Buck Pierce passed to Chris Duncan for the final 12 yards. He threaded the ball between Jimarr Gallon and Tony Bua at the 5-yard line, and the split end turned into the end zone with 21 seconds left in the half to set the halftime score at 14-10.

The Hogs went 76 yards with the first possession of the second half. Jones sprinted through the middle for the final 8 yards. Jones erased fourth-and-7 with a 10-yard strike to Smith. It was 21-10 at 11:03 of the third quarter.

The Aggies cut it to 21-17 with a seven-play, 83-yard TD march. Pierce found Ronshay Jenkins on an 18-yard rollout pass for the score. The Aggies faced only one third down in the drive.

That was when the Hogs took control for three touchdowns in a span of only 4:09. It took only two plays to go 66 yards, the final 62 on Jones' option keeper to the left. That made it 28-17 at 7:42 of the third quarter. Marvin Jackson returned a punt 73 yards for another TD at 5:09 for a 35-17 lead. It went to 42-17 at the 3:59 mark on Jones' 21-yard TD run after Eddie Jackson returned a fumbled kickoff 14 to the NMSU 14.

That ended the day for Jones. Sorahan guided the Hogs to the NMSU 27 before a holding penalty and a sack stopped them. NMSU then drove to the UA 26-yard line before Aguiniga booted a 43-yard field goal. It was 42-20 at 7:58 of the fourth quarter.

Ryan Sorahan led the Hogs 60 yards to the NMSU 10-yard line before Dowell Loggains came on at quarterback. he kept on a 5-yard bootleg to the 5-yard line. Kyle Dickerson, who had a 19-yard run to open the march, rolled around right end for the final 5 yards to make it 48-20 with 15 seconds left. Balseiro missed the extra point. The betting line for the game was 18 points.

Caleb Miller (43) and the UA defense prepare for a snap.

Dan Doughty (65) looks for someone to block.

Ryan Sorahan (10) completes a short pass to Cedric Cobbs.

Cedric Cobbs churns to daylight.

Matt Jones powers past some Aggie defenders.

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