Battered And Bruised McFadden

FAYETTEVILLE -- Suddenly, Saturdays aren't much fun for Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden anymore.

Last week, he suffered a concussion. And the Razorbacks lost to Alabama.

Saturday night, he had slight flu-like symptoms. And the Razorbacks lost to Kentucky.

Though battered and bruised, McFadden might still have a chance to win the Heisman Trophy.

Saturday night, McFadden had to leave the game late in the first half of Arkansas' 42-29 loss in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

"I got a little dehydrated," McFadden said. "I had to come in and gets some fluids in me."

McFadden rushed for a game-high 173 yards on 29 carries.

McFadden said his upset stomach began bothering him shortly after he busted a 56-yard touchdown run with 5 minutes, 41 seconds left in the first half to help push Arkansas in front 20-7.

"I think it definitely took the last bit of energy out of me," McFadden said. "So, it made me feel a little dizzy, things like that and I had to get some fluids in me."

McFadden didn't return to the field with the rest of the team after halftime, but made out onto the field with exactly 11 minutes left in the third quarter. He didn't enter the game until 10:17 left in the third.

"I had kind of the flu," McFadden said. "Then I was feeling good after I took the fluids."

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt naturally was concerned when McFadden didn't return for the start of the second half.

"I'm always concerned when he goes out, especially, when he's up there getting an IV," Nutt said. "Thought we'd have him a little bit in the second half, didn't know how much."

McFadden, who had 121 yards on 17 carries by halftime, said losing a second-straight Southeastern Conference game made him even sicker.

"It was a real tough loss," McFadden said. "Coming off a loss to Alabama, then you come back and lose to another SEC team. It's going to be hard on you.

"It was frustrating watching them march up and down the field on us in the second half and there was nothing we could do about it.

"We've just got to put it behind us. We've just got to come out tomorrow (today) get prepared and focused.

"We just need to put this behind us and move on."

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