A One-Two Punch For The Record Books

FAYETTEVILLE — Felix Jones isn't selfish. He doesn't mind sharing the football, the limelight or even a few of his own yards with fellow Arkansas running back Darren McFadden.

As their Halloween costumes suggested, Jones is the Barney Rubble to McFadden's Fred Flintstone. Or better yet, he's the Felix in college football's latest version of The Odd Couple.

"I think this backfield will go down in history as one of the best backfields that Arkansas has ever had if you go from start to finish, from their freshman year on," Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said Monday.

Since arriving in Fayetteville in 2005, McFadden and Jones have managed to not only coexist in the Razorback's backfield but also benefit from each other's presence.

Of course, McFadden — being the Heisman Trophy candidate — is the bigger attraction.

He appeared Monday on two different ESPN shows to discuss his 321-yard rushing performance in last Saturday's 48-36 win over then-No. 23 South Carolina.

But Jones got a chance to share in a bit of history.

McFadden tied the Southeastern Conference's single-game rushing record with his 34 carries for 321 yards and one touchdown against the Gamecocks. He also threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Robert Johnson.

Jones added a career-high 166 yards and three touchdowns, giving the tandem a combined 487 yards rushing on the night. The total set an NCAA record for most yards by teammates in a single game.

Kansas' Tony Sands (396 yards) and Chip Hilleary (80) had the previous NCAA record of 476 yards combined against Missouri in 1991.

"I would have to say this last Saturday was pretty much the most fun I've had during a game since I've been here," Jones said.

Perhaps only one thing could have made it better.

Because of a simple mistake, McFadden was credited in the win with a three-yard carry that actually belonged to Jones.

The statistics were corrected Sunday, leaving McFadden two yards short of surpassing the SEC single-game rushing record set by Vanderbilt's Frank Mordica against Air Force in 1978.

But had it been up to Jones, McFadden could have kept the yards.

"I wouldn't have minded at all," Jones said. "I would have been happy (if) he had broken the record."

Not as if the last-minute change made much difference to McFadden. In one game, he went from being a long-shot to win the Heisman to being considered again a favorite.

"It was just a great feeling to rush for 321 yards, period. So I can't say anything about them taking away the two yards that they did," McFadden said.

"It's something that is not a problem for me. I would have loved to have had the record, but I'm still very happy to have tied it."

McFadden said he was on the sidelines late in the third quarter of last Saturday's win when someone asked him how many yards he thought he had gained up to that point. He thought he was between 110 and 120 yards.

In actuality, the junior had 184 yards by the end of the third quarter.

And even after breaking off an 80-yard touchdown run with 8 minutes and 4 seconds remaining, McFadden said he thought he was around 200 to 220 yards rushing. He was shocked when he learned how far off he was.

"I had know idea that I was up as high as I was in yardage," McFadden said.

Together, McFadden and Jones make up the nation's top running back tandem. Thanks to his huge night against South Carolina, McFadden moved into fourth nationally in rushing at 146.0 yards per game. Jones is ranked 21st at 114.3 ypg.

And considering their close relationship, it was only fitting that McFadden and Jones each eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on the season last Saturday.

"They've gotten better and better. But the real story is how unselfish both of them are, how they really love each other and they play for each other," Nutt said. "That's the real story."



The Odd Couple

Darren McFadden is a Heisman Trophy candidate. Fellow Arkansas running back Felix Jones isn't bad, either. Together, they form the nation's top backfield tandem.

Here is how the two tailbacks and close friends compare:



McFadden Jones

20 Age 20

6-foot-2 Height 6-foot

215 pounds Weight 207 pounds

Little Rock Hometown Tulsa

1,316 Rushing Yards This Season 1,026

12 Rushing TDs This Season 11

4,076 Career Rushing Yards 2,820

37 Career Rushing TDs 20

Fred Flintstone Halloween Costume Barney Rubble

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