Tennessee 34, Arkansas 13

Erik Ainge tosses a pair of touchdown passes and No. 22 Tennessee outrushes Arkansas en route to a 34-13 thrashing of the Razorbacks Saturday afternoon before over 104,000 fans at Neyland Stadium

The University of Arkansas passed for more yards and had more total offense than the University of Tennessee on Saturday.

The Vols rushed for more yards than the Razorbacks.


University of Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge had two touchdown passes in the opening half and his team outrushed Arkansas as the No. 22 Vols flipped the script on the Razorbacks while winning 34-13 before over 104,000 fans at Neyland Stadium.

"The first half we got off to a very poor start," UA head coach Houston Nutt said. "We did not do a good job of getting off that bus and getting ready to go because they took it to us. We let them get to us very, very early and boy we had a bunch of three and outs."

Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden, who rushed for a school-record and tied an SEC record with 321 yards a week before, was held to just 25 yards in the first had and 117 on the day by the UT defense.

Felix Jones, who had 166 yards last week, suffered a bruised thigh muscle on the opening kickoff and was limited to just 3 yards on 3 carries.

In fact, the Razorbacks – the most prolific offense in the SEC this season - had just 49 yards total offense and one first down In a first half in which the Vols dominated and took a 20-3 advantage to the break.

"We had just one first down and they got on the board early with their first drive, our defense stayed on the field and couldn't get them off and so that was a terrible, terrible way to get started."

Daniel Lincoln had a pair of field goals in a win that left Tennessee (7-3, 4-2) still in control of its own destiny as far as the SEC Eastern Division title goes.

Arkansas (6-4, 2-4) had its three-game winning streak ended with the loss.

"We tried to make a little comeback in that second half, but we just did not have enough," Nutt said. "We had turnovers and they had some things they were doing on offense – they kept the ball away from us and executed and you have to give them credit."

The Razorbacks had 304 yards total offense to 283 for Tennessee, but the Vols took advantage of several short fields on offense.

Casey Dick was 14-of-25 passing for 150 yards while reserve Nathan Emert was 1 of 4 for 12 yards. Each threw an interception.

Ainge was 12-of-25 for 128 yards, but benefited from the Vols outrushing the Razorbacks 155-142.

Arkansas also had 11 penalties for 70 yards while Tennessee had just 3 for 25 yards.

"There is no excuse for that," Nutt said. "You just can't do that."

Tennessee took the opening kickoff – converted one fourth down – and ended up cashing in a 11-play, 64-yard drive.

The Vols did so when Ainge connected with Aaron Rogers over the middle, he broke a tackle and did the rest on a 16-yard touchdown.

Lincoln's PAT with 10:15 remaining in the opening quarter put Tennessee up 7-0.

Jones responded right away by returning the ensuing kickoff to the Vols' 45 and a personal foul penalty tossed in 15 more yards.

Arkansas ended up getting a 31-yard field goal from Alex Tejada to cut it to 7-3 with 8:01 showing on the clock.

But Tennessee immediately got a 77-yard kickoff return by Dennis Rogan and soon the Vols pushed that to 10-3 Lincoln's 25-yard field goal.

It grew to 13-3 when Lincoln was true on 28-yarder on UT's first possession of the second quarter.

Ainge's 14-yard tunnel screen to Josh Briscoe – on a 3rd-and-goal – and Lincoln's PAT boosted it to 20-3 with 17 seconds left before halftime.

Arian Foster ripped of a 59-yard touchdown run on Tennessee's first possession of the second half and suddenly the Vols were in total control with 27-3 lead.

Tejeda cut it to 27-6 when he drilled a 42-yard field goal with 7:37 left in the third quarter.

Arkansas had a chance to get closer after getting to the Tennessee 11 on its next series, but failed to convert on fourth down.

Emert replaced Dick at that point.

"I was just trying to get something going, to see if he could have a hot hand, see what could happen," Nutt said.

Emert had a horrible first series, but eventually got his team in the end zone with help from Dick.

The Razorbacks ran a double-reverse pass with Dick hitting Michael Smith for a big 31-yard gain.

A fourth down pass from Emert to Marcus Monk that was initially ruled incomplete, but then overturned by replay.

Smith's 9-yard run two plays later and Tejada's PAT had it 27-13 with 8:27 left in the game.

But Tennessee put the game away when Jerod Mayo picked off Emert and returned it 34 yards for a 34-13 lead with 2:59 left in the game.

Arkansas hosts Mississippi State in Little Rock next Saturday before finishing up its regular season with a game at LSU the day after Thanksgiving.

Mississippi State (6-4, 3-3) downed visiting No. 12 Alabama 17-12 on Saturday.

"This is the toughest league in America and anybody can beat anybody," Nutt said. "We just have to go back to work."

Michael Smith scores the Razorbacks' lone touchdown of the day on a nine-yard run in which he got the ball to the pylon before being going out of bounds.

Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden rushed for 92 of his 117 yards after halftime.

Peyton Hillis tries to make a catch in double coverage.

Smith goes airborne to try and get extra yardage.

Darren McFadden readies for contact.

Arkansas defenders swarm to the ball.

Matteral Richardson gets to a ballcarrier as several other Razorbacks head to the play.


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