Arkansas 33, South Carolina 16 (Blog)

Ryan Mallett went 23-of-27 for 329 yards, D.J. Williams caught seven passes for 137 yards and Broderick Green rushed for a pair of scores as Arkansas put away South Carolina 33-16 Saturday afternoon in front of 68,865 fans at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Arkansas 33, South Carolina 16 (Final)

After Arkansas held South Carolina on fourth and goal from the Razorback 4 with just under two minutes left, the Hogs were able to run out the clock and salt away their fifth victory of the season.

The Razorbacks move to 5-4 overall, 2-4 in SEC play while the Gamecocks fall to 6-4 and 3-4.

Arkansas starting quarterback Ryan Mallett was 23-of-27 passing for 329 with and also ran for a score.

Tight end D.J. Williams caught seven passes for 137 yards.

Broderick Green added two touchdown runs, rushed for 47 yards and caught two passes for 40 yards.

Arkansas had 405 yards total offense to South Carolina's 380. Stephen Garcia was 20-of-34 passing for 327 yards and a touchdown for the visitors.

Arkansas 33, South Carolina 16 (4:31 fourth quarter)

Arkansas has now scored 23 unanswered points, the latest being a 4-yard touchdown run by Broderick Green on a third and goal to cap a 37-yard drive on nine plays.

The good field position was set up by a 38-yard punt return by Jerell Norton. The Hogs have had good special teams play today, with Alex Tejada adding two touchbacks, his first since 2007.

D.J. Williams added another catch. He has seven of those for 137 yards today.

Arkansas 26, South Carolina 16 (end third quarter)

A bad snap went over Stephen Garcia's head and all the way into the end zone. South Carolina recovered and it was an Arkansas safety. Well, not ALL the way. Garcia looked to have recovered the ball at about the 10-yard line but it was knocked free again by Arkansas linebacker Jerico Nelson, who was also diving for the ball.

That is Arkansas' first recorded safety this season.

Arkansas 24, South Carolina 16 (3:00 third quarter)

The Hogs have scored again with a 2-yard touchdown run from Michael Smith to cap a X-play, 80-yard drive that took three minutes, 23 seconds.

Greg Childs' 46-yard reception to the South Carolina 30 set the Hogs up in prime position.

The biggest play of the drive might have been Jerell Norton's interception of Stephen Garcia in the end zone to preserve the Razorback lead. The Gamecocks were driving and the Arkansas 25 at the time.

D.J. Williams watch continues. The tight end had two more catches on that drive for 17 yards. For the afternoon he has six catches for 130 yards.

Arkansas 17, South Carolina 16 (9:43 third quarter)

Arkansas took a little longer than its opponent but scored on its first possession of the second half as well. Arkansas converted three third downs on the drive that took a little more than five minutes off the clock. It culminated in a 1-yard Ryan Mallett touchdown run on third and goal.

D.J. Williams continues to have his most impressive game of the season. His 26-yard reception to the Gamecock 9 was the biggest gainer of the drive. He has four catches for 114 yards today - his first time over the century mark this season.

We were just given the official attendance, which is 68,865.

South Carolina 16, Arkansas 10 (14:54 third quarter)

We have come to expect at least one long touchdown against the Arkansas defense in every game this season and it has happened again.

South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia hit Alshon Jeffrey for an 80-yard scoring strike on the first play of the second half to give the Gamecocks a 16-10 lead after the PAT failed.

It's the eighth consecutive game the Hogs have given up a touchdown of 44 yards or longer.

Arkansas 10, South Carolina 10 (Halftime)

Long time, no blog. That's because the second quarter was pretty uneventful until the very end.

Arkansas tied the game on a 24-yard Alex Tejada field goal as time expired in the half. The score was set up by a 69-yard pass play from Mallett to D.J. Williams to the South Carolina 6. Williams broke a tackle and had a wall of blockers set up down the left sideline before being tripped up on his final cut to the end zone. The tight end has three catches for 88 yards.

Wendel Davis made a crucial tackle on South Carolina's previous drive. The Gamecocks had a third and 2 inside Arkansas territory and Davis made a first down saving tackle to force a Gamecock punt.

Mallett ended the first half 11-of-14 passing for 169 yards. Stephen Garcia is 9-of-16 for 85 yards and a touchdown run.

The Hogs lead in total offense (202-174) despite running eight fewer plays and having the ball for nearly five fewer minutes.

South Carolina 10, Arkansas 7 (12:29 second quarter)

South Carolina will take that gift and raise you seven, Arkansas.

The Gamecocks capitalized on an unsuccessful Razorback fake punt with a short drive punctuated by a 1-yard Stephen Garcia touchdown run to take a 10-7 lead.

The Hogs had a fourth and 2 from their own 26. After lining up in punt formation the Razorbacks snapped the ball to Ronnie Wingo, who was gobbled up in the backfield.

Arkansas 7, South Carolina 3 (End first quarter)

The Hogs have a second and 20 upcoming from their own 8-yard line after Mallett was sacked on the previous play.

It's obvious Arkansas has worked to get tight end D.J. Williams worked into the passing game a little more today with a pair of third down catches for 19 yards in the opening quarter.

Arkansas 7, South Carolina 3 (5:16 first quarter)

That was quick. The Hogs responded to the Carolina scoring drive with a 4-play, 60-yard drive of their own that spanned just one minute, 24 seconds. Joe Adams' 18-yard touchdown run on a wide receiver sweep gave the Razorbacks the lead. It was a play we saw about 100 times in the preseason practices but the first time we've seen it in a game this season.

The big play of the drive was a 39-yard pass from Ryan Mallett to Broderick Green on a third and 7 on the play preceding the touchdown run.

South Carolina 3, Arkansas 0 (6:40 first quarter)

The Gamecocks used a 14-play, 65-yard drive in 5:45 to take the game's first lead on a 23-yard field goal by Spencer Lanning.

A 1-yard Stephen Garcia sneak on fourth and 1 from the Arkansas 6 kept the drive alive on the first attempt. The Razorbacks then held South Carolina to three yards in three rushing plays.

The Gamecocks lined up to for another fourth down conversion from the 2-yard line before a delay of game penalty forced the field goal attempt.

South Carolina used two timeouts in succession on the conversion, first deciding to go for the first down and again when it appeared the offense lined up in the wrong formation.

South Carolina was heading into the south end zone for that drive and for it's worth the crowd was extremely vocal and loud. Other than some empty seats in the visitor section and upper deck, there is a good crowd on hand this morning.

Pregame

A few thoughts from early here at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

First, in light of what happened at Fort Hood, Texas, earlier this week, it was a very cool experience to have the national anthem followed by an F-16 flyover. Very cool.

The Hogs have donned the all red uniforms for the second straight week while South Carolina is wearing all white for the first time this season. It makes for a very interesting look on the field.

As far as injuries go, Michael Smith (hamstring), Ramon Broadway (hamstring) and Andru Stewart (academics) are all in uniform today and went through pregame warm-ups.

Arkansas (4-4, 1-4 SEC) and South Carolina (6-3, 3-3) are being scouted by three bowl games today - the Independence Bowl, Liberty Bowl and Chick-fil-a Bowl.

It is warm today in Northwest Arkansas. Forecasts call for highs in the mid-79s but don't be surprised if the temperature hits 80 before the day is done with the sun beating down on the field. Perfect day to pass the ball, which both coaches love to do. It is also pretty windy with winds coming out of the northwest at about 10 to 15 miles per hour and gusting to about 20 mph.

There is a good crowd about a half-hour before kickoff. South Carolina turned back some of its allotment earlier in the week and the University of Arkansas had tickets available yesterday.



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