Easy victory lots of fun for Hogs

Big plays were in great abundance as Arkansas rolled past Southeast Missouri, 63-7. It was just what the Hogs needed after a tough stretch of SEC victories.

It's doubtful Arkansas 63, SE Missouri 7 could be seen in the background, but some 30 minutes after the football game some of the Redhawks trudged back to the field at Reynolds Razorback Stadium to pose for pictures.

The same thing has happened often on the hardwood at Bud Walton Arena after an overmatched nonconference foe traveled to the Ozarks for a fat pay check. Those hoopsters would return to midcourt with their throwaway Wal-Mart cameras for a Kodak moment.

Just as well the Redhawks have something they can hold onto from their trip to Fayetteville. They probably want to forget their brief glimpse of Darren McFadden. Arkansas' sophomore tailback carried six times for 71 yards and his first touch of the game, a 52-yard scamper for a touchdown, was probably enough for SEMO.

It was plenty for Houston Nutt. The Arkansas coach was even more satisfied with McFadden's short day when he learned after the the game that Oklahoma tailback Adrian Peterson was lost for the year scoring a meaningless touchdown in a big win over Iowa State.

"See, we did the smart thing," Nutt said. "That's what can happen. We could have gotten Darren 300 yards, but it's not worth it. He's too key to our success the rest of the way."

Plus, Nutt wanted to see more of third-team tailback Michael Smith. The redshirt freshman made 116 yards on eight carries.

"He's good, a Fred Talley type," Nutt said of Smith. "He's real good. We knew it and we needed to get him some work. He's a fine player."

However, Keith Jackson's running was the show stopper Saturday. The stubby, 6-0, 296-pound senior defensive tackle rambled 69 yards with an interception on a reverse pass for the Hogs' third touchdown, the one that probably caused the most excitement in the stands and on the Arkansas sideline.

"They made the mistake of trying to tackle KJ high," said safety Elston Forte, who recalled trying to tackle Jackson when he was a fullback at Little Rock McClellan.

"I think I was a sophomore and I found myself on the sideline trying to get him down. I went for his ankles. You better go low against him."

There were other Kodak moments, like 260-pound blocking back Mitch Petrus getting a carry at tailback when the Hogs cleared the bench in the fourth quarter.

"I'd never run the play in practice," Petrus said. "Coach (Danny) Nutt explained it to me on the sidelines. He said, ‘What the heck, bounce it outside and see what you can get.' I tried to make a move."

Offensive tackle Zac Tubbs saw it.

"A move?" Tubbs said. "He's just a bulldozer getting a carry. That's all it was. He did try a little juke. I guess that's what you'd call it."

There was a lot of fun on the day. Robert Johnson's first pass reception as a wide receiver was another highlight in the dressing room.

"We all liked that," Tubbs said. "Robert is a very hard worker. You want to see him do well."

It was a highlight for Johnson because of the ovation he received from fans.

"Yeah, that was pretty neat," Johnson said. "To get back on the field and make a play was a lot of fun. I've been needing that for a long time. The fans cheering like that, I needed that."

The Hogs needed all of what happened Saturday, including 63-7. And, don't worry too much about the Redhawks. They got their Kodak moment, too.

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