Hogs' Jones Gallant In Defeat

LITTLE ROCK — Felix Jones, the less celebrated tailback in Arkansas' terrific tandem, still had a cheery countenance after his 137 yards on 16 carries went for naught in LSU's 31-26 win over the Hogs on Friday.

"I've always got a smile on my face," Jones said. "This is a great football team. This loss is already behind us."

Jones, fifth in the country in yards per carry at 7.4 entering the game, went over 100 yards for the fourth time this season and ran his season's total to 961 yards on 127 carries — a 7.6 average.

While record-breaking teammate Darren McFadden garnered more Heisman notice on Friday, Jones had 219 yards of all-purpose offense himself, including three kickoff returns for 82 yards, with a tackle-breaking, long return of 62 yards.

"Our offensive line and receivers blocked real well — I want to thank them," Jones said. "On the kickoff return I had to somehow get (LSU cover guys) out of the way and get us back in the game. I never want to go down."

Jones called LSU a great team, but said, "I think because we won the SEC (West) championship, this might have been their best game of the season. They really couldn't stop us, but we just had plays where we stopped ourselves."


Arkansas trainer Dean Weber said Hogs fullback Peyton Hillis stayed in Fayetteville on Friday in order to try to rehab his knotted right thigh.

Quarterback Casey Dick, shaken up late in the game, received treatment in the training room after the game, but Weber said, "He should be fine to practice next week. He's just boogered up, like about 20 other guys on both teams. We knocked the heck out of them and they knocked the heck out of us."

Weber said Hogs receiver Damian Williams endured a bruised shoulder in the first half, but that linebacker Matt Hewitt and offensive guard Stephen Parker made it through the game fine, and all should practice next week.


On Arkansas' final offensive play, an incomplete pass on fourth-and-10 from the UA 27, it appeared that LSU defender Chevis Jackson had a hold of Arkansas split end London Crawford's left hand for a few strides while Dick's catchable pass was in the air.

Jackson looked around for a flag as he popped up, but none was forthcoming as many of the 55,833 fans (third largest crowd ever in War Memorial Stadium) booed the no-call.

Dick, asked if he expected to see a flag thrown, said, "Yeah, but the ref just calls it how he sees it."

Hogs quarterback Mitch Mustain, who did not play, said, "It kinda did (look like defensive pass interference), but it looked like (Crawford) dived on the ground at the end. It was kind of in-between."

Mustain appeared ready to enter the game in the fourth quarter after Dick was tackled hard on a pass reception at the LSU 5.

"They (the coaches) called me up there, but the next play was already set up for Darren (to play quarterback in the Wildcat package)," Mustain said.

Jones scored on that play from 5 yards as Arkansas pulled within 31-26.


Marcus Monk caught just one pass Saturday, but it tied two Arkansas records.

Monk's 21-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter tied him with Anthony Lucas on the UA career list with 23 touchdown catches, and with Lucas on the single-season list with 10.

LSU freshman Trindon Holliday's fateful 92-yard kickoff return for the Tigers' last touchdown was the first such kickoff-return score allowed by Arkansas since Robert Williams of Ole Miss went 97 yards against the Hogs in 2000.


Matt Morrill, a member of the Orange Bowl selection committee, said after Friday's game, "It's really difficult to tell who will be in our game. It depends on (today's) games and next week's games. The SEC plays great football and both of these teams (LSU, Arkansas) could still be in the picture."

Reps from the Sugar, Capital One, Fiesta and Cotton Bowls also attended Friday's game.

If Arkansas beats Florida next Saturday, it will land in the Sugar Bowl as the SEC champion.

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