Top-Two SEC Rushing QBs Meet

STARKVILLE, Miss. – About a half-hour before Saturday's Arkansas-Mississippi State kickoff in Davis Wade Stadium, former Bulldogs quarterback John Bond strolled to the Arkansas sideline to shake the hand of and visit with senior Hogs quarterback Matt Jones.

The meeting was one of historic importance. Jones (2,545 yards and counting) has smashed the Southeastern Conference rushing record for quarterbacks.

Against Georgia on Oct. 23, Jones broke the former record of 2,280 yards held by Bond (1980-83).

Bond was wearing flip-flops and Arkansas sports information Kevin Trainor asked if he thought the laid-back Jones might appreciate that.

"Yeah, that's just about like him," Bond said.

Unfortunately, Bond hardly saw Jones at his best during Arkansas' 24-21 win. Last week, he reaggravated the right hamstring problem and was obviously hampered in gaining only 7 yards, including a 1-yard TD sneak, on four carries.

"He's cool," said Jones of Bond. "We didn't talk but maybe 40 seconds, but he seemed like a cool dude."

Snagging A Record

Receiver Marcus Monk had just two receptions for 11 yards vs. MSU, but that was enough to push him past Richard Smith for the Arkansas freshman record.

Monk now has 34 catches. Smith had 33 in 2000.

Stark Contrast

For the first time in a slew of trips to NCAA football, basketball and baseball venues since 9/11, our lap-top bags were not checked for contraband or weapons of some sort as we entered Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday.

Only threat in these parts, we guess, was the weather. But the forecast for a gulley-washer failed to come into play.

Long Ball

Junior Chris Balseiro's 42-yard first-quarter field goal is the longest of his Arkansas career.

He now has made four of six field-goal attempts this season and 38 of 39 PATs.

In last season's opener against New Mexico State, Balseiro's 47-yard attempt bounced off the right upright.

Hardly Best Of The West

Mississippi State's loss to Arkansas was the Bulldogs' 14th straight to a Southeastern Conference Western Division opponent.

Last time the Bulldogs beat a West team?

Last game of 2001, when they beat arch-rival Ole Miss.

Tubbs Checks Out

Arkansas junior offensive tackle Zac Tubbs was released from Washington Regional Hospital on Friday.

Tubbs, a starter who suffered a season-ending ankle injury in October, was hospitalized for more than a week with a blood clot that spread into a lung. The junior isn't expected to participate in spring drills while he rehabilitates the ankle, but the Hogs believe he'll be return for practice next fall.

He was not at Saturday's game, of course.

1,000 Man

With his 7-yard fourth-quarter tote, Mississippi State junior running back Jerious Norwood became just the sixth Bulldog to run for 1,000 yards in a season.

Norwood finished with 109 yards to push him to 2,062 yards this season.

Swing Of Things

Mississippi State announced Saturday that former Bulldogs and current Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Rafael Palmerio has spearheaded a $3.8 million football/baseball facility.

Called the Palmerio Center (surprise, surprise), the new digs will include a full indoor football field with a baseball field within those parameters. Retractable batting cages and goal posts will be included as will much-needed parking near Humphrey Coliseum.

The project is expected to be completed in mid-April.

Bowling, Anyone?

The lone bowl representative at Saturday's game was from the Houston Bowl.

The Houston Bowl features an SEC-Big 12 matchup on Dec. 30.

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