Arkansas 52, Mississippi State 6 (Final)

Arkansas found Mississippi State vulnerable to the pass and the run while scoring on eight straight possessions to roll to an easy SEC victory before 62,547 at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Cedric Cobbs rushed 30 times for 150 yards to give him 1,010 for the season. The Hogs forced eight MSU turnovers.

Arkansas started slow. The Hogs were scoreless in the first quarter. They made one first down on Ryan Sorahan's possession to open the game, but had to punt when he threw incomplete under heavy pressure on third-and-4.

Mississippi State, which made three first downs on its first try, marched 67 yards in 12 plays with its second possession to take a 3-0 lead at 4:07 of the first quarter on Brent Smith's 30-yard field goal.

Matt Jones entered for Arkansas' second possession and the Hogs made two first downs, the second on a 11-yard pass to Steven Harris. Jones was low on his third-and-7 pass for Wilson.

The Hogs got a field position break when Caleb Miller stripped State fullback Bryson Davis and pulled it out of the air at the Bulldogs' 26-yard line. The Hogs needed eight plays to convert the turnover into a touchdown. Jones moved the chains on fourth-and-inches with a 2-yard sneak. Jones rolled around right end after finding no one open for 14 yards to the 1-yard line. De'Arrius Howard needed two tries to get it over from there. It was 7-3 at 13:43 of the second quarter.

Bo Mosley intercepted MSU's Kevin Fant two plays later on a go route at the UA 21-yard line. The Hogs rolled 79 yards in five plays to make it 14-3 on Cedric Cobbs' 7-yard blast over left tackle. Cobbs followed power blocking of Bo Lacy and Brandon Kennedy into the end zone. Jones hit George Wilson for 55 yards for the big play in the drive. It was 14-3 at 11:41 of the second quarter.

MSU answered with a 13-play, 60-yard march, but again had to settle for a Smith field goal. He converted from 33 yards out after a fumbled pitchback stopped the Bulldogs after they had reached the UA 9-yard line. That play lost 7 yards. It was 14-6 with 4:18 left in the half.

The Hogs looked their sharpest of the half with a 11-play, 65-yard march for a Shawn Andrews touchdown with 25 seconds left in the half. That came on a third-and-goal from the 1-yard line. Andrews had a defender waiting in the hole over his right guard, but smashed that State linebacker to fall into the end zone. Jones passed to Mark Pierce for 10 and to Harris for 20 and DeCori Birmingham rolled for 14 for the big plays in that march that made it 21-6 at the half.

MSU led at the half in time of possession by over six minutes, but the Hogs held a 217 to 161 edge in total yards. Jones completed 4 of 7 passes for 96 yards and carried four times for 27 yards. Kevin Fant, the MSU quarterback, completed 9 of 17 passes for 90 yards. The Hogs forced only one MSU punt in the first half.

The Hogs had the option to start the third quarter, took the ball and drove 80 yards in 12 plays for a 28-6 lead at the 9:48 mark. They faced two third downs in the drive. Pierce made 5 off right tackle to convert third-and-1. Birmingham took a handoff on the shotgun option with Jones for 7 to convert third-and-4. Jones made 13 around his left flank on the option and found Jason Peters for 12 on the final two plays in the drive. On the TD pass, Jones floated right before finding Peters standing in the middle of the field at the 2-yard line. He drilled a bullet to his numbers and Peters powered past two defenders into the end zone.

Marvin Jackson intercepted Fant two plays later on another go route. The Hogs had it back at their own 15-yard line. After losing 2 and 3 yards to start the possession, the Hogs caught fire. Jones found Smith over the middle for 19 to erase third-and-15. On third-and-1 at their own 38, the Hogs went to the Fridge Package with Andrews at tailback. Jones faked to Andrews straight ahead and kept left for 33 yards. Jones found Pierce for 11 on a pass into the right flat. Pierce, for the third time in three weeks, jumped over one diving defender. Cobbs powered over from 6 yards out, following Pierce and Andrews. It was 35-6 at 5:03 of the third quarter.

Two plays later, the Hogs had it back. After a holding penalty put the Bulldogs at their own 9-yard line, Eddie Jackson intercepted Fant at the MSU 25. It took Jones one more play to make it 42-6. He faked to the tailback, then waited patiently as Wilson cleared the MSU safeties squatting at the 10-yard line. He found him alone in the middle of the end zones for the 25-yard TD pass at 3:36 of the third quarter.

That was all for Jones, but the Hogs continued the onslaught with Sorahan at quarterback. They went 88 yards in seven plays. On the first play of the final quarter, Sorahan found Harris open on a flag route. He was 5 yards behind the secondary, hauled in the pass at the 10 and completed the 43-yard TD play. It was 49-6 with 14:52 left.

Mosley intercepted Kyle York to give the Hogs the ball at the MSU 45. Cobbs carried six straight times for 39 yards to move the Hogs to the 6-yard line and break the 1,000-yard mark for the season. The Hogs stalled there after Cobbs exited to a loud ovation. Senior Ryan Gullett, a straight-on kicker, booted a 24-yard field goal to make it 52-6 at 7:58.

Desmond Sims stripped York to give the Hogs possession at the UA 43. With Rhett Lashlee at QB, Kyle Dickerson found a big hole for 28 yards. That brought on Dowell Loggains at QB. The Hogs would fail on fourth-and-4 from the 18 when Dickerson lost yardage. That stopped the UA onslaught.

The starting defense with a host of seniors returned to start the next MSU possession, but just briefly so they could exit to the ovation of the partisan crowd.

The only bad news for the Hogs was an injury to Ahmad Carroll, the Hogs' top cover man in the secondary. Carroll suffered what was diagnosed during the game as a severe ankle sprain with nine minutes left in the third quarter.

Mark Pierce looks for someone to hurdle against MSU.

Geroge Wilson is introduced on senior day.

Houston Nutt works the sideline against the Bulldogs.

Shawn Andrews lined up at tailback a couple of times against MSU.

Photos by Tom Ewart

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