It wasn't a perfect performance, but the efficiency is exactly what the Razorbacks are expecting from their quarterback the rest of the season. Backup Nathan Emert also earned some time, throwing a touchdown pass to receiver Chris Baker in the fourth quarter on his only attempt.
Running Backs — A
Darren McFadden and Felix Jones rebounded from the Auburn disappointment, slipping through creases in the Ole Miss defense to lead the Razorbacks to the win. McFadden's 30-yard run on third-and-10 on the first possession set the tone in the first quarter. So did Jones' 38-yard touchdown the next play. They finished with 110 and 101 yards, respectively. Michael Smith turned in key contributions off the bench, too.
Receivers — B
Once again, Arkansas played without Marcus Monk and didn't have much success finding another weapon in its receiving corps. The receivers combined to catch four passes, including Chris Baker's 48-yard touchdown catch late in the game. But fullback Peyton Hillis led the Hogs again, pulling down six key catches. Arkansas also had success getting the tight end involved. Andrew Davie caught two passes for two touchdowns.
Offensive Line — A
The Hogs line struggled against Auburn, but bounced back and pushed around Ole Miss' defensive front Saturday. Ole Miss' Greg Hardy — who wreaked havoc against Alabama — was non-existent with the Razorbacks running the ball right at him. McFadden and Jones followed the big guys as part of a 203-yard rushing day. Dick was rarely pressured when he dropped back. He was sacked just once.
Defensive Line — A-
Ole Miss' offensive front opened plenty of holes for tailback BenJarvus Green-Ellis, so the defensive line's performance wasn't perfect. But it was still pretty solid. The front four found ways to put heat on Ole Miss quarterback Seth Adams and the Hogs got five sacks. Defensive tackle Marcus Harrison finished with two tackles for losses and a sack. Defensive end Adrian Davis' first quarter interception was one of the game's key plays.
Linebackers — B
Senior Weston Dacus, once again, led the charge at linebacker and finished with seven tackles, two for losses against the Rebels. He also picked up one of the Razorbacks' five sacks. Elston Forte and Freddie Fairchild also turned in solid performances, helping the Hogs keep Ole Miss' under 300 yards of offense. Backup Wendel Davis, who filled in at times to give Dacus a break.
Secondary — A
The secondary was challenged by Reggie Herring this week and responded with their best performance of the year. Michael Grant, Matterral Richardson and Jerell Norton didn't allow Ole Miss' talented receivers to shake free until Mike Wallace's touchdown catch late in the game. Safeties Matt Hewitt and Kevin Woods made sure they didn't beat the Hogs deep. They also got the ball. Richardson had two interceptions. Norton added another.
Special Teams — B
For the first time in awhile, the Razorbacks had a clean day returning punts. Norton bounced back from last week's frustrations, caught the ball cleanly and also added a 26-yard return on one Ole Miss punt. Place kicker Alex Tejada was 1 of 2, missing from 42 yards. Jeremy Davis only punted twice, but the Razorbacks had a flawless day against Ole Miss' dangerous punt block team.
Coaching — A
In essence, almost everything the coaching staff did worked against Ole Miss. Offensive coordinator David Lee got the run game established and mixed in passes to near perfection. Defensive coordinator Reggie Herring called the right defense on nearly every snap. And, when Arkansas built a commanding 21-0 lead, Houston Nutt and company didn't let the Hogs take their foot off the accelerator and lose their edge.
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