Arkansas QB Enjoys Oxford

OXFORD, Miss. -- Arkansas quarterback Casey Dick's two starts at Ole Miss have produced remarkable results: A 68.2 completion percentage and six touchdowns.

But the junior couldn't find any poetic way to describe his Oxford success after the Razorbacks' 44-8 win at Ole Miss on Saturday. He just opted for a simple assessment.

"It was fun," Dick said.

The Arkansas quarterback picked up where he left off in his previous stop in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday, leading the Razorbacks to a much-needed win by completing 11 of 17 passes for 96 yards with a career-high three touchdowns.

It nearly duplicated his performance in 2005, when Dick completed 17 of 24 passes for 175 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in Arkansas' 28-17 win.

"I wasn't really concerned with that," Dick said. "We played good here last time and wanted to come in and have the same type of game. Just keep some things going. We kept things going and kept the team going, that was the main goal."

Dick and the Razorbacks struggled to accomplish anything through the air against Auburn, one of the biggest reasons for the frustrating loss. But that wasn't the case Saturday.

The quarterback didn't reach the 100-yard mark, but did everything else the Razorbacks expected in a critical game. He managed the team much more efficiently than last week's loss at Auburn, avoided costly mistakes and made plays in the passing game.

Arkansas scored touchdowns on its first three possessions, were 10 of 15 on third down and scored on five of its six trips inside the red zone.

"I think his confidence is growing," Arkansas offensive coordinator David Lee said. "He's a knucklehead at times. He's hard to coach at times. But he's starting to come a little bit for us.

"If we can get good quarterback play it just makes us double tough."

Two years ago, Dick was making just his second career start and first on the road against the Rebels. The Hogs fell in a big hole, but battled back behind the freshman's arm. He threw two touchdown passes to receiver Marcus Monk and completed his final 12 passes.

On Saturday, Dick found his target on the first seven passes to extend his personal Vaught-Hemingway Stadium streak to 19 straight completions.

"He was taking charge in the huddle," offensive lineman Robert Felton said. "He wasn't rushing anything. If you're going to do those things, you're going to have success. He has a bunch of confidence. You complete passes like that, it builds anybody's confidence."

The only potential drawback? It was the last chance he'll get to play in Oxford.

"It was fun playing here," Dick said. "Good things have happened here."

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