Arkansas 48, South Carolina 36

Arkansas junior Darren McFadden rushes for a school and SEC record 323 yards and Felix Jones chips in 163 of his own and 3 touchdowns as the Razorbacks whip South Carolina 48-36 on a night when Frank Broyles Field is dedicated in front of 70,742 fans.

On a night of big plays and in likely his last game ever in Fayetteville, Darren McFadden's last one effectively christened Frank Broyles Field in style.

McFadden rushed 35 times for a school and SEC-record 323 yards – including an 80-yard touchdown dash in the fourth quarter with his team wobbling - as the University of Arkansas downed South Carolina 48-36 before 70,472 fans and an ESPN2 television audience.

"I'm really proud of all of them," Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. "It took everybody in this locker room to get this done...This game was the most perfect game we have had all season. The fans were filled with excitement and it gave our guys the benefit of giving it all on the field. We had the field dedicated to Coach Broyles and over 200 letterman back here. It was just a perfect night."

Felix Jones added 12 totes for 174 yards with 3 touchdowns as Arkansas (6-3, 2-3) won its third straight game in a contest where they had 541 yards rushing and that featured over 1,100 yards total offense by the two teams.

"We've got the best backfield in the nation," Jones said. "I believe that. We've got the best offensive line as well. We have to keep fighting, keep battling.

Nutt and McFadden were quick to praise that offensive line as well on night when the Razorbacks became bowl eligible for the eighth time in the coach's 10 years at Arkansas.

"I thought our offensive line just dominated and our backs, boy, they are big time," Nutt said. ""He (McFadden) put us on his back. Felix Jones did the same thing.

"...McFadden, Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis are some special backs," Nutt added later. "They are probably the greatest backfield that Arkansas has ever had in history."

Nutt made it clear that he thinks that McFadden deserves to win the Heisman Trophy.

"Darren McFadden gave it his all," Nutt said. "He is like another Barry Sanders. McFadden is explosive and he knows how to change the game as a whole. He can withstand any game. The bigger the game, the better he plays and that is why he deserves the Heisman."

McFadden said he'd be glad to take it if given.

"I think the numbers speak for themselves," McFadden said. "...South Carolina's defense brought a lot of hard hitting. With the help of my coaches, I was on the ball and I took this game to heart and gave it my all.

McFadden now has 1,328 yards rushing this season with 12 rushing touchdowns and Jones has 1,030 yards with 11 scores via the ground.

South Carolina had rallied from 18 points down to 42-36 early in the fourth quarter before McFadden took a handoff off right tackle and outraced everyone to the end zone.

Arkansas defense then forced a punt and the Razorbacks kept the ball for the final 6:42 of the game to seal the win.

"It was a mismatch tonight," South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said. "It looked like a Division III team playing an SEC team. I think the Division III team could have made some more plays than we did. We did make some plays, but we just couldn't get it done."

" Both UA standouts were over 100 yards by half with Jones having 7 carries for 135 yards and McFadden 18 totes for 106 yards as the UA built a 28-10 lead.

McFadden, likely to be one of the top draft picks in the 2008 NFL Draft, broke Dickey Morton's previous school record of 273 yards by 50 yards.

"We haven't been very good against the run and it showed tonight," Spurrier said. "Those two backs run extremely well. They are both really good. Arkansas was physically stronger than we were and there was nothing we could do about it. There's not much chance if you can't stop the run."

The Razorbacks piled up 378 of their 650 yards total offense - the most ever in an SEC game by Arkansas - by intermission against the Gamecocks (6-4, 3-4), who had 489 of their own.

It was the final home game in Fayetteville for 17 seniors.

"I was amazed at our seniors tonight," Nutt said. "They were great examples of leaders out there. I love how they gave their heart to the game tonight and the way they played."

It was at intermission that the field was dedicated to Broyles with legendary ABC broadcaster Keith Jackson serving as master of ceremonies and some 220 former players honoring him.

Dick had his third solid game against the Gamecocks in his career.

He completed 8-of-10 passes for 86 yards and a pair of touchdowns – a 35-yarder to Lucas Miller and a 4-yard toss to Marcus Monk.

"I thought Casey Dick did a fantastic job tonight," Nutt said. "There were two or three times where he got us in the right play and also hit some keys plays." McFadden also threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to senior quarterback-turned-wideout Robert Johnson in the third quarter.

South Carolina quarterback Blake Mitchell also had a big game with 27-of-51 passing for 364 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Arkansas scored on the opening possession of the game, taking the football 66 yards in 9 plays.

The drive included several plays from the Wild Hog formation with the top three running backs all reeling off big yardage in three consecutive plays.

After Dick complete an 11-yard pass to Andrew Davie, Jones and sophomore Michael Smith had consecutive 15-yard rushes.

McFadden then took it 14 yards, looked to throw but settled for a 2-yard rushing gain, bulled for a yard to set up 3rd and goal at the 4.

Dick then hit Monk with a 4-yard touchdown pass and Tejada booted the PAT for a 7-0 with 11:44 showing.

Tejada missed a 50-yard field goal followed by South Carolina's Ryan Succop drilling a 37-yarder to cut it to 7-3 with 6:21 left in the opening quarter.

Jones then started to show off his skills, first ripping off a 40-yard touchdown run up the middle and then dashing 72 yards a possession later for another score.

By the time Tejada drilled his third PAT of the night, the Razorbacks had taken a 21-3 lead still with 2:52 remaining in the first quarter.

South Carolina cut it to 21-10 on Mitchell's 1-yard run with 8:05 in the second quarter, but Arkansas answered right back.

That was with a double reverse pass – which started with McFadden as the quarterback in the Wild Hog formation.

He took the snap and pitched on the reverse to Jones, who then pitched to Dick – who had started the play as a wideout.

Dick hit a wide-open Miller for a 35-yard score as all 11 South Carolina defenders were sucked in on the play.

Succop got it within 28-13 when his kicked a 30-yard field goal on the initial possession of the third quarter.

Spurrier then pulled out the onside kick and South Carolina recovered.

They capitalized soon afterwards with Mitchell completing a 21-yard TD pass to Jared Cook that got South Carolina within 28-20 at the 9:07 mark.

The Razorbacks – getting the ball for the first time in the second half – marched to their own touchdown to respond.

That drive was capped when McFadden fumbled a pitch, but then calmly picked it up and sent it Johnson.

It was the only pass that Arkansas threw in the second half.

That score coupled with Tejada's PAT boosted the Razorbacks ahead 35-20 – but Johnson's personal foul penalty for spiking the ball came back to haunt the Razorbacks.

Arkansas had to kick off from the 15, the kick was returned to the 50 and soon Mitchell connected with Dion Lecorn for a 22-yard touchdown to cut it to 35-27.

But Spurrier inexplicably tried another onside kick and Arkansas got the ball on South Carolina's 47.

Four plays later, Jones dashed into the end zone from 7 yards out and the Razorbacks went up 42-27 with 2:47 left still left in the third quarter.

Right back came the Gamecocks, but the Razorbacks held at their own 2 on fourth down – the second play of the fourth quarter.

It was cut to 42-29 when a snap sailed over McFadden's head and out of the end zone with 13:27 left in the game.

South Carolina then took its gift and got to within 42-36 when Corey Boyd scored on a 1-yard plunge with 8:15 left in the game.

McFadden was gone on the next play and so was South Carolina's chance to win the game.

"He didn't have to do much to score on that play," Spurrier said. "He didn't have to juke anybody. He didn't have to sidestep anybody. I don't think anyone even touched him."

Arkansas, which opened SEC play 0-3, will try to get to 3-3 next Saturday when it travels to play Tennessee in an 11:30 a.m. game that will be televised by Lincoln Financial.





Darren McFadden heads to the end zone on an 80-yard run that sealed Arkansas' 48-36 win over South Carolina.





McFadden picks up some of his school and SEC record 323 yards rushing on Saturday night.





Marcus Monk - playing in the first half only for the second straight game - caught his second touchdown pass of the season.





Arkansas linebacker Weston Dacus prepares to plant South Carolina quarterback Blake Mitchell into the ground after he just got off a pass.





Arkansas defensive end Malcolm Sheppard goes up to try and bat down a Blake Mitchell pass.





Arkansas cornerback Matteral Richardson breaks up a pass intended for South Carolina's Moe Brown.





Felix Jones celebrates one of his three touchdowns on Saturday night.





Peyton Hillis - who Jones credited for throwin the block on his 72-yard run - picks up some of his 35 yards rushing on the night.


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