McFadden Moving On Up UA Career Charts

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Darren McFadden's touchdown runs of 43 and 4 yards in the first half on Saturday night gave him 21 rushing TDs at Arkansas, tying him with Quinn Grovey for 10th place on the UA career list.

McFadden gained 129 yards on 11 first-half carries for an average of 11.7 yards per carry.

In the fourth quarter, McFadden passed the 1,000-yard mark rushing for the second straight season.

Felix Jones of Arkansas, who went into the game leading the nation with 9.9 yards per carry, was limited in the first half to 27 yards on five carries for a 5.4 average.

UNSCHEDULED VISITWith about six minutes left in the first half and South Carolina getting ready to punt, an apparently inebriated fan in a blue shirt charged from one end zone, ran past UA would-be punt returner Peyton Hillis to midfield, veered onto the Hogs sideline past coach Houston Nutt, got through a hedge and into the stands. Policemen quickly surrounded him at that point and led him off in handcuffs.

Hillis was subsequently shaken up on a punt return with 5:52 left, while some of the 74,926 fans in 80,250-capacity Williams-Brice Stadium cheered the intruder as he exited the premises.

A penalty negated the punt, and with 5:44 left, Arkansas' Anthony Brown blocked Succop's punt for a UA safety and a 16-6 lead.

It was Arkansas' first blocked kick of the season, and second safety. Strongside linebacker Matt Hewitt recorded a safety the previous week against Louisiana-Monroe.

It was also the third straight week Arkansas' special teams made at least one big play. Jones opened the Ole Miss game with a 100-yard kickoff return, then against Louisiana-Monroe, Chris Houston downed punts by Jacob Skinner at the ULM 1- and 2-yard lines.

MONK'S GEM

Monk's 50-yard TD reception off a Gamecocks defender with :02 left in the first half was his 19th career touchdown catch — second on the UA career list. Anthony Lucas heads the list with 23.

Monk had already extended his streak of at least one catch to 31 straight games, or every game in his career.

For South Carolina, sophomore receiver Sidney Rice made his school-record 20th career touchdown reception in the fourth quarter to bring the Gamecocks within 26-20.

Rice's 10-yard catch was his sixth in the game, for 112 yards. It's the ninth time he has caught passes for at least 100 yards in his career.

ON A ROLL

Arkansas won the pregame coin toss for the eighth time in nine games, and deferred its choice until the second half.

BOWLING 'EM OVER

Representatives of the Capital One, Outback and Chick-Fil-A bowls attended Saturday night's game.

BEST IN EIGHT YEARS

Arkansas' eight straight wins ties the school's longest winning streak since the 1998 team began the season 8-0 before losing to Tennessee. The Vols will get another chance to stop a Hogs streak this Saturday in Fayetteville.

BLOWN TIMEOUT

South Carolina had to burn a timeout on defense with 12:11 left in the game because it had 12 men on the field. Arkansas had a chance to snap the ball before the timeout call, but apparently didn't realize the Gamecocks' predicament.

Arkansas called two timeouts rather early in the second half, Dick calling the second before a third-and-6 play with 9:16 left.

INJURY REPORT

Arkansas free safety Michael Grant, who suffered an injured knee during the third period, may be lost for the season.

Coach Houston Nutt said, "I'm afraid we've lost him for the rest of the year. He was just playing some of his best football."

McFadden suffered a high ankle sprain late in the game, after gaining 219 yards on 25 carries.

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