South Carolina 14, Arkansas 10

Arkansas true freshman tailback Darren McFadden rushes for 187 yards and true freshman quarternack Casey Dick passes for 137 yards in his first action of the year, but South Carolina rallies to down Arkansas 14-10 before 65,837 fans at Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday.

The Casey Dick era got off to a decent start and the Darren McFadden one continued spectacularly, but that didn't add up to a win and left the Houston Nutt one flailing away winless in SEC play this season.

McFadden rushed for 187 yards and Dick passed for 137 yards and a touchdown, but South Carolina made the most of his one interception to down Arkansas 14-10 before 65,837 fans Saturday afternoon at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

"Football is the greatest game, but it's hard to see right now," an obviously dejected Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. "It's a tough time."

It was the last home game in Fayetteville for 10 scholarship and 2 walk on seniors and the third loss at home this season for Arkansas (2-6, 0-5).

"I really thought we would be singing (the fight song) today," Nutt added. "I thought we had some momentum and the defense was good. I felt really confident. We had great fans, beautiful weather, great homecoming festitivies - we really wanted to won for them and the seniors."

Dick, a true freshman quarterback who had not played a snap this season before Saturday, completed 12-of-24 passes in his first action at the helm of the offense for Arkansas, who outgained South Carolina 356-187 in total yardage.

"It was a different experience and definitely a different level of game," Dick said. "The defense was so much faster than what I experience in high school."

He had his team up 10-7 late in the third quarter before throwing an interception, to defensive end Orus Lambert on a screen that allowed South Carolina (6-3, 4-3) to quickly strike on the last play of the third quarter.

"I didn't think there was anyway he could pick that off because we had two guys blocking him," Dick said. "But he jumped over them and made a great play. I give him all the credit."

"Aftr the interception my teammates immediately came over and told me it was okay and to get back in there," Dick said. "After that we came out there and I hit Cedric (Washington) for that long (47-yard) pass play.

Gamecocks quarterback Blake Mitchell (12-of-25, 142 yards) then went up top to Kenny McKinley and Josh Brown added the PAT with no time left on the clock to send South Carolina into the fourth quarter with a 14-10 advantage.

It was a big swing of momentum, especially when you consider Mitchell's timeout call was ruled to have come before a bad snap that would have resulted in an Arkansas safety.

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier - who had never faced Nutt on the field - now has his team bowl eligible after wins at Tennessee last week and handing Arkansas it's third home loss of the 2005 season.

"Arkansas was tough and this was a big win for us," Spurrier said. "We got good penalties from them (7 got 77). We played with extreme effort. Our effort was much different than earlier in the season. We set a goal of winning at least six so we are ready to accomplish another goal of winning more than six.

"This was one of the biggest wins of my career," Spurrier added. "God has been smiling on the Gamecocks."

It also assured Arkansas can not be eligible for a bowl game for the second straight year after Nutt's previous six teams had been in postseason action.

"We will not give up," Arkansas senior linebacker Pierre Brown said. "We will continue to fight for the rest of the season. I felt like we doiminated as a defense so it's frustrating. I think we held them to something like 190 total yards so I thought we played good defense. We have to continue to do our job and fight so we don't finish the season 2-9."

Dick threw the initial touchdown pass of his college career, a 4-yard one to sophomore running back Peyton Hills, which coupled with Chris Balseiro's PAT to notch a 7-7 tie with 4:39 remaining before halftime.

He also flipped a lateral to McFadden - which appeared to be a pass at first, but in the official stats went as a 36-yard run by Razorbacks to the South Carolina 1 one on the next UA possession.

That set up Balseiro's 19-yard field goal with three seconds left before intermission that put Arkansas ahead 10-7.

McFadden now has 869 yards this season despite not getting many carries in the season's first two games.

"It was real frustrating because we got in the redzone a few times and couldn't get much out of it," McFadden said. "We have a real young team and we will build off this and come out tommorrow and work harder to get better. I thought Casey did a real good job handling the pressure like he had been there before."

In between those two scores, Arkansas defensive end Jamaal Anderson intercepted a pass at the South Carolina 24 and ran it in for a score, but a holding call negated that touchdown.

South Carolina had taken a 7-0 lead in the opening quarter of the game when Nutt and the Arkansas offense gambled on a 4th-and-1 at the Razorbacks' own 29-yard line.

Dick's quarterback sneak failed to gain the necessary yard, giving South Carolina great field position.

"I know better than that," Nutt said. "We just wanted to come out and get some momentum. We didn't want to go three and out and be on the sidelines. I really thought we could get six inches. Casey is a strong guy and I really thought we could get the six inches."

Mitchell took advantage of that with a 7-yard pass to Sidney Rice with 7:33 left in the first quarter and Brown's PAT put the visitors up 7-0.

Brown, whose 49-yard field goal were the game-winning points in South Carolina's 16-15 win at Tennessee, later missed a 41-yard field goal wide left that would have put his team up 10-7.

Instead after that miss, Felix Jones rushed twice for 23 yards and then McFadden took the lateral and race down the sidelines to set up the go-ahead field goal.

Jones had 11 carries for 66 yards while Cedric Washington - whose 47-yard catch of a Dick pass was the longest passing play of the year for Arkansas - had 3 catches for 73 yards.

Sammy Olajubutu had 11 tackles, Desmond Sims 9 and Keith Jackson 7 to lead the Arkansas tackle chart.

Arkansas - which has three regular season games left - will travel to Ole Miss next week for a 1 p.m. game that will not be televised.












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