McFadden, Jones Make Life Miserable For Warha

LITTLE ROCK — Darren McFadden and Felix Jones may have a new nickname, courtesy of Louisiana-Monroe coach Charlie Weatherbie.

Weatherbie watched Arkansas' sophomore running backs torch his Warhawks for 270 yards on 27 carries in the Hogs' 44-10 victory at War Memorial Stadium.

Afterward, an exasperated Weatherbie concocted a three-word catch phrase for the Razorbacks' ball-toting duo.

"I know Clemson calls their running backs (James Davis and C.J. Spiller) ‘Thunder and Lightning,'" Weatherbie said. "I would say that that was ‘Wind and Lightning' right there tonight. Fast as the wind, quick as lightning.

"They're really good running backs."

As for who is Wind and who is Lightning, Weatherbie didn't clarify. But as they showed Saturday night, McFadden and Jones likely are interchangeable.

By each topping the century mark, McFadden and Jones gave No. 13 Arkansas two 100-yard rushers in three of its last four games.

McFadden averaged 7.2 yards on his 18 carries, Jones 15.7 on his nine, in helping Arkansas rush for 331 yards.

Jones' 19-yard run on Arkansas' first snap personified the Warhawks' inability to keep McFadden and Jones cornered, Weatherbie's main gripe.

"They've got real good speed," Weatherbie said. "You've got to contain them, and you've got to try to keep them inside. We let them get outside a couple of times and that really hurt us."

Arkansas' nine-play, 65-yard drive to open the second half damaged the Warhawks even more.

Leading 23-7 to begin the third quarter, the Hogs ran the ball nine consecutive times. McFadden capped the march with an 18-yard scoring scamper in which he juked left, broke tackles and bulled over a defender.

Jones started Arkansas' next drive with a 59-yard dart down the left sideline.

"We just sent the message that that's what we do," McFadden said. "We run the ball."

All season, Arkansas' opponents have learned that. The Hogs entered Saturday's game ranked sixth in the country in rushing, averaging 221.7 yards per game.

And they kept relying on the ground attack Saturday night, constantly feeding McFadden and Jones, frustrating a beaten-up Warhawks defensive line.

Sure, the Louisiana-Monroe athletic department earned $8,333.33 in guaranteed money for every minute its football team participated Saturday night. But Warhawks defensive end Jameson Jordan didn't want to talk about that following the game.

He just spoke of the running backs who made his night miserable.

"By far the best tandem of backs we've faced," Jordan said. "Their speed was a lot different. They're fast and quick."

Just like the nickname his coach assigned to them.

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