Under Further Review, Hogs Get Sixth Sack

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas' defense had recorded only seven sacks over the first six games this season. Add another six sacks to that total, thanks in part to a technicality.

The Razorbacks had a season-high five sacks in Saturday's 44-8 win at Ole Miss, and they were credited with a sixth sack Sunday morning after Arkansas' coaches reviewed the footage of the game.

Turns out, Arkansas defensive end Adrian Davis should have been credited with a sack when he got to Ole Miss backup quarterback Brent Schaeffer on the Rebels' final drive Saturday afternoon.

Schaeffer threw the football away, resulting in an intentional grounding penalty and a Davis sack after the fact.

"It's a great feeling," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said of the six sacks against Ole Miss. "It's going to put them in third-and-long and you're going to get the chance to get the ball back fairly quickly."



Tejada's Recent Struggles

For the second consecutive game, Arkansas kicker Alex Tejada missed a field-goal attempt that was within his range.

The former Springdale High star had a shaky second half against Ole Miss, missing a 42-yard field-goal attempt early in the third quarter and then hooking an extra point in the fourth quarter.

Tejada, however, made a 32-yard field goal that extended Arkansas' lead to 31-0 with 12:07 remaining.

Nutt said he still has confidence in the freshman kicker, who also missed a 41-yard field goal in the second quarter of last Saturday's 9-7 loss to Auburn.

"I'm not alarmed, but we're just going to go to work on it (in practice) and get better," Nutt said.

Despite the recent struggles, Tejada has been reliable for the Razorbacks this season, connecting on 11-of-14 field-goal attempts and 31-of-33 extra-point tries.

Nutt said the missed extra point Saturday was simply the result of some bad mechanics by Tejada.

"Boy, you can't miss any extra point. He'll be the first to tell you that," Nutt said. "I think his plant foot was way off, out of sync and really pulling the ball to the left.

"We're going to get that corrected this week."



Another Injured Receiver

Wide receiver London Crawford's status for Saturday's game against Florida International is uncertain after the sophomore suffered a pinched nerve during the win at Ole Miss.

Crawford has the most catches (8) and yards (147) by an Arkansas wide receiver this season, but he was limited to just one catch for 13 yards against the Rebels.

"He's pretty sore right now," Nutt said. "... He's got a little ways to go (to be ready to play)."

Meanwhile, fellow wide receiver Marcus Monk doesn't appear likely to play against Florida International, Nutt said.

Monk, who is recovering from a second arthroscopic knee surgery, has only gotten in for one play this season.



More Than Gutsy

Like most college football fans, Nutt admitted he was surprised when he saw LSU coach Les Miles go for a touchdown in the final seconds of Saturday night's game against Auburn when his team only needed a field goal to win.

It turned out to be a good call, though gutsy.

"That's more than gutsy, I think you need a better adjective than that on that one," Nutt said.

LSU wide receiver Demetrius Byrd made a tough catch in the end zone and scored on the 22-yard pass from Matt Flynn with one second left to lead the Tigers to a 30-24 victory.

"(My wife) Diana and I were watching that game, and I'm yelling at Diana like, ‘He's not going to have enough time. The game's over.' And he (Byrd) makes the catch," Nutt said. "I thought it was unbelievable.

"When you're lucky and things are going right, it's going right."



Big Payday

Arkansas will pay Florida International a guarantee of $625,000 for Saturday's Homecoming game. The amount is the most any team on the Razorbacks' nonconference schedule will receive this season. Troy University and North Texas were each paid $425,000, and Tennessee-Chattanooga received a $325,000 guarantee.

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