Arkansas Tailback Runs Wild Against Troy

FAYETTEVILLE -- There was no need to Photoshop any pictures taken of Arkansas junior tailback Felix Jones on Saturday.

Clearly, there was no reason to doctor any of the shots, no need to add or take anything away.

He was picture perfect.

Cameras clicked all night as Jones seemed to run farther and faster than Forrest Gump in helping No. 21 Arkansas beat Troy (Ala.) University 46-26 in front of 73,926 in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Most notable of all his runs was a second-quarter 90-yard kickoff return which temporarily deflated Troy's confidence. It followed the Trojans' first touchdown.

"I think Felix's play changed the game," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said. "They just scored and we took the air out of them with Felix's 90-yard touchdown.

"The wedge did a good job, the blockers did a good job and that was just awesome."

Jones, who rushed for 131 yards on 12 carries, shied from taking the credit on the long TD run.

"Well, all I had to do is run and follow my blocks," Jones said. "Darren (McFadden) threw the first big block for me. I had a lot of good ones on the runback.

"It was exciting."

That game-changing touchdown return was historic. Jones became the first player in school history to have three kickoff returns for touchdowns of 90-plus yards.

Jones gave an indication he'd have a banner night on his first carry of the game. He took a reverse and rambled 40 yards.

"I owe all the credit to those guys up front," Jones said. "Guys like (Jonathan) Luigs, (Jose) Valdez, (Nate) Garner. All those guys up there did their jobs.

"They made it possible."

Garner said the offensive line was only doing its job.

"It all starts with the line," Garner said. "That's what coach Nutt always tells us. We just try to get our assignments right to open the hole for them. You feel so good when you throw a run and you see a guy run past you.

"It's the best feeling in the world."

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