Harris Has Answer For Indians Big Play

Steven Harris didn't feel like Louisiana-Monroe had seized the momentum against Arkansas even after the Indians shocked the War Memorial Stadium crowd with a 77-yard touchdown pass to cut the Razorbacks' lead to 21-17 just three minutes into the second quarter.

He made sure they didn't get it, either.

Arkansas benefited from Drouzo Quillen's unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for preening after his score and used the 15 yards of field position on the kickoff for a 24-yard return by Peyton Hillis to the Razorbacks' 39.

On the first Arkansas play from scrimmage, Razorbacks quarterback Matt Jones went right to work.

For the "Z-Packer" play, Jones' first read is to inside receiver Carlos Ousley running a corner route to the sideline.

His next is to Harris on the post route and the senior from Miami, Fla., made backup cornerback Chaz Williams pay with a 50-yard completion to the ULM 11-yard line.

The play, one of 6 catches for 133 yards by Harris, set up De'Arrius Howard's 11-yard touchdown run on the next play to put Arkansas comfortably ahead 28-17 and the Hogs didn't look back much in their 49-20 win.

"I hadn't felt like they'd stopped us yet," said Harris, who opened the game with a 29-yard catch from Jones. "So I didn't feel like the momentum had shifted. I thought they made plays against us. I didn't feel like they'd stopped us."

Harris said the Z-Packer play is designed to be a big play, either to him or to Ousley, and it was important for Arkansas to reassert itself.

"You always want to answer back," Harris said. "I tell the defense we got your back. Hopefully they feel like we have their back."

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt, who went for it on fourth-and-goal to score the first touchdown of the night on a DeCori Birmingham run, was just as aggressive after Monroe went up top against Razorbacks cornerback Darius Vinnett on Quillen's touchdown.

"I think it was real important," Nutt said of the post pass to Harris. "It kind of turned everything in our favor. You're trying to give them no hope and I think that's what we did right there."

Harris' 6 catches, 2 touchdowns and 133 yards Saturday were all career highs.

His previous best had been 4 catches for 87 yards and a score against Mississippi State, nearly all in garbage time of Arkansas' 52-6 romp against the Bulldogs in 2003.

With more attention focused on Ousley after two games of career performances from his fellow senior from Florida, Harris was the beneficiary against Louisiana-Monroe.

"It felt great," Harris said. "That's why you work all summer.

"We run plays for success. If we can execute, it's great. We executed the play, the offensive did a great job blocking and Matt Jones made a great throw."

Harris made a great catch, too.

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