UK 42, Arkansas 29

Despite ill running backs Darren McFadden and Felix Jones gutting it out for 300 yards rushing, Arkansas falls toi Kentucky at home to drop to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in SEC action.

In a game of wild momentum swings, the visiting Wildcats had the last one.

Andre Woodson threw for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns – leading his team to three scores after it had fallen down eight points in the final quarter - as No. 21 Kentucky downed Arkansas 42-29 before 74,045 at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

The devastating loss meant that Arkansas (1-2, 0-2) kept alive a dubious streak of losing its next SEC game immediately after it first one in head coach Houston Nutt's 10 years at the helm.

"I told them that we have got to hang in there," Razorback head coach Houston Nutt said. "They are going to hear a lot of negativity. I told them to just blame it on me, just move forward and make good decisions. There is still a lot of football left – a lot of football left."

The game – which also saw Arkansas lose promising freshman wideout Crosby Tuck for the year with a broken right elbow - ended with some Razorback fan booing Nutt as he walked off the field.

"I heard them," Nutt said of the boos. "I've been booed before, been booed before right here. So if that is what they want to do they can. They pay for those tickets so they can do that."

Kentucky (4-0, 1-0) head coach Rich Brooks was obviously thrilled with the win in a game that saw his team fall down 10-0 and 29-21, but rally to win going away. "Our team managed to win on the road against a good team and at a tough place to play," Kentucky head coach Rich Brooks said. "We beat the defending West champions on the road. It is a significant win." The Wildcats had 133 yards of total offense in the first half, but rolled up 303 yards in the second half to end with 436.

They Wildcats however trailed only 20-14 because an Arkansas turnover right before halftime that was turned into Travard Lindley's 66-yard fumble return for a score.

"It's awfully disappointing," Nutt said. "I felt like we had the momentum the second quarter and we had the fumble and it gave them a lot of spark and got them right back in the game. That one really hurt and you just can't do that. You just can't make mistakes like that."

The Razorbacks had 495 yards total offense, but only 122 after halftime and the offense did not score after intermission.

"We have got to finish the game and we did not do that," Nutt said. "It's that simple and it is on me."

Arkansas lost despite Darren McFadden rushing 29 times for 172 yards and Jones having 12 carries for 133 yards while adding a 81-yard kickoff return for a score – despite both being sick with a virus.

Casey Dick was 13-of-28 passing for 157 yards with two interceptions.

Kentucky led 21-20 early in the fourth quarter before senior defensive tackle Fred Bledsoe and freshman counterpart Patrick Jones combined to take Woodson in the end zone for a safety.

Jones took the ensuing kickoff back 81 yards for a 29-21 lead with 11:40 left in the game.

But Woodson then led his team on two scoring drives, the first one aided by a costly roughing the kicker penalty on a missed field goal.

Derrick Locke's 2-yard run with 7:59 left in the game cashed in on that Arkansas miscue although the Razorbacks defense did stop the Wildcats on the 2-point conversion to stay ahead 29-27.

On his team's next possession, Woodson zipped a 32-yard scoring pass to Kennan Burton that put Kentucky ahead for good.

The pair also connected on the two-point conversion to give the Wildcats a 35-29 lead with just 4:02 left in the game.

When Arkansas turned the ball over on downs, Kentucky went for the kill with a 21-yard pass to Jacob Tamme that set up his own 1-yard scoring run.

"They really got it going with both the run and that pass and that keeps you off balance," Nutt said. "We didn't stop the run in the second half."

Despite having McFadden and Jones over 100 yards rushing and Dick over 100 yards passing by halftime, the Razorbacks led just 20-14 coming out of the locker room in the second half.

The Razorbacks looked to be headed in to extend its lead when Dick completed a pass to Tuck to get his team in field goal ranged with less than a minute left.

But on the next play, Michael Smith was hit, the ball flew up in air and Lindley raced 66 yards for a score.

Siber's PAT cut it to 20-14 at halftime.

"We gave them a gift and you really give them a lot of momentum when you do that," Nutt said.

Kentucky then took the lead 21-20 on their first possession of the second half, a drive culminated when Woodson hit Kennan Burton on a 15-yard TD pass with 11 minutes showing in the third quarter.

Arkansas got out to a 3-0 lead on its first possession, an 11-play, 58-yard jaunt that stalled before Tejada's 40-yard field goal at the 9:35 mark.

It quickly became 10-0 just 19 seconds later when defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard burst through the line just as Woodson was taking steps back to pass on first down.

His hit on Woodson caused a fumble that Antwain Robinson scooped and scored on from the 16 and Tejada's PAT had Arkansas out 10-0 with 9:16 still left in the opening quarter.

Kentucky responded with a 5-play, 72-yard blitz, which was sparked by a 44-yard completion to Steve Johnson and capped by Rafael Little's 14-yard dash.

Lones Siber's extra point cut the deficit to 10-7 with 7:29 showing.

That was all the scoring in the first quarter, but Arkansas' two vaunted tailbacks both set up scores in the second.

Jones ripped a 73-yard dash in which he changed directions several times and was finally taken down at the Kentucky 7.

Although Arkansas didn't cash in with a touchdown, Tejada was true on a 20-yard boot to make it 13-7 with 11:05 remaining before halftime.

A few series later, McFadden - not to be outdone – lined up in the Wild Hog and ripped off a 56-yard dash for a score.

He got a great block from Jones – who was lined up as a wideout – on the play and Tejada's PAT made it 20-7 just 5:41 before intermission.

Arkansas will host North Texas on next Saturday in a 6 p.m. game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium before traveling to Little Rock to face Chattanooga on Oct. 6.

The Razorbacks' next SEC game will be Oct. 13 when Auburn visits Fayetteville.

"We have just got to go back and watch this film and correct some things," Nutt said. "We can't have that happen. We are a better team than that."





Arkansas fullback Peyton Hillis picks up yardage after a catch Saturday night against Kentucky.





Darren McFadden avoids Kentucky defenders Marcus McClintock (on ground) and Travard Lindley (32) on his way to a 56-yard touchdown run on Saturday night.





Arkansas defensive end Antwain Robinson scoops up a fumble and runs it in for a touchdown with Ryan Powers in tow.





Arkansas tailback Felix Jones breaks away from Kentucky defender on his 73-yard run in the second quarter.


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