Jones: Fourth Quarter Fumble "Bad Deal"

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones mentioned former Razorback Clint Stoerner on Monday afternoon.

It was fitting because the senior's fourth-quarter fumble Saturday night at the Texas 7 caused some of the same heartache for the Razorbacks. Jones' miscue in the 22-20 loss to the Longhorns won't be forgotten, much like Stoerner's fumble in the 28-24 loss at Tennessee in 1998.

"You're going to sit back and wish that never happened," Jones said. "Just like I wish every time I've turned the ball over it doesn't happen. But I'm sure you ask Clint Stoerner if he wishes he never fumbled. You definitely don't want to do that."

The 6-foot-6, 237-pound senior discussed the play Monday and regretted the costly mistake.

He was looking for tight end Jared Hicks on third-and-8 from Texas' 13 with 2 minutes, 42 seconds left, but the junior was blanketed by defenders. Jones cut to his left, dodged a defender and moved upfield. He said Texas defensive lineman Larry Dibbles made a "good play" to knock the ball free.

But Jones held himself responsible.

"I need to keep hold of the football," Jones said. "It's just a bad deal. You don't want to fumble in a situation like that. Especially when your field goal kicker has made two already and you're in his range. But that's how it goes."

Now Jones is doing his best to place the fumble in the past and help the Hogs rebound Saturday night against Louisiana-Monroe in Little Rock. He tallied 342 yards of total offense (93 rushing, 249 passing) against Texas and the Hogs will continue to follow his lead.

Jones said the loss was tough, but believes the Hogs are just getting started.

"You don't want to lose a game like that," Jones said. "You've got to let it go and start looking to the next game and get prepared. You can't think about the past. There's nothing you can do about it but move on and try to get a victory this week."

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