De'Arrius, DeCori Destructive

De'Arrius Howard made sure he didn't have another run like his first one against Louisiana-Monroe.

The junior tailback from West Memphis got turned around and stopped weakly on third-and-goal from the Indians 1-yard line in a situation the power back usually thrives in.

On fourth-and-goal, the more speedy DeCori Birmingham stepped through a nice hole on the left side to score the first touchdown of the game.

"I knew the offensive line could get us in there," Birmingham said. "We wanted to set the tempo early. We thought about kicking the field goal, but I told coach the offensive line could do it. I told them we'd score."

Howard was on the sideline, and he was upset.

Not at anyone on the Arkansas sideline, but at the Indians.

"After that first one, I didn't feel good and I told (fullback) Brandon Kennedy, ‘I'm going to have to make them pay for this,'" Howard said.

Howard did make the Indians pay several times on his 109-yard, one-touchdown night.

He bullied the Indians with stiff arms and bowled over safeties on the sidelines.

He didn't have to hit anyone on his 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put Arkansas ahead 28-17. Sophomore receiver Chris Baker blew up his cornerback and Howard made the cut accordingly.

"All I saw was the end zone," Howard said.

Birmingham did just as much damage with 129 yards and a touchdown of his own. He broke the 100-yard barrier in the third quarter with a 30-yard run and provided some inspiration for Howard to get back in the game.

Sitting on 45 yards two possessions after Birmingham broke 100 and Arkansas leading 42-20, Howard found out about his senior teammate's total.

With quality playing time running out in the blowout, Howard knew he didn't have much time to get to the century mark.

"I said, ‘Put me back in,'" Howard said. "I told the offensive line, ‘I'm going to get 100 yards on this series.'"

Howard took care of business right away. After a 4-yard gain and over right tackle, Howard busted out on a draw play.

He sprung free up the gut and saw safety Chris Harris (from Little Rock Fair) coming up to make the hit.

"I saw the safety and I guess he knew that usually I'm straight ahead," Howard said. "I'm one of the strongest guys on the team. Now I'm learning how to apply it on the field."

Howard switched the ball to his left hand and met Harris with a furious stiff arm to the chest, knocking him to the ground as Howard rode out for 15 more yards and a 40-yard gain to break 100 for the first time since Nov. 23, 2002, at Mississippi State.

"I made a cut, locked the ball up, the guy tried to arm tackle me and the rest is history," he said.

Birmingham was just as physical, lowering his shoulder along the sideline and knocking Indians backward.

"For me and De'Arrius, it's been like that all season," Birmingham said. "We tried to work hard this summer to get stronger. We have speed to turn the corner, but we'd also like to go out there and be a physical runner, lower your shoulder and run through people."

Senior right guard Gene Perry didn't get too good of a view of the pair from his spot in the trenches finishing blocks while the backs broke out, but he said the line saw its rewards.

"Offensive linemen don't get to see all the glory plays," Perry said. "We just stay on our blocks until the job is done. When we look up, we hope to see some daylight. That's what we saw basically every time we looked up."

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt saw it, too.

"Any time you have two backs over 100 yards, you're moving some people back," he said.

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