Mallett threw for 313 yards and 5 touchdowns as the Razorbacks notched their fourth straight win by downing run-oriented Mississippi State 42-21 before 55,634 fans at War Memorial Stadium.
Mallett was just 18-of-34 passing on the day with two interceptions, but took over the single-season school records for passing touchdowns (28) and touchdown responsibility (29) while the Razorbacks (7-4, 3-4) were scoring over 40 points for the seventh time this season.
"This was a good win for us," Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino said. "We really had to fight. I don't think it was the best game we played this year, but we worked hard in making adjustments and getting some key stops on defense."
He has now thrown for 3,195 yards this season – the first Razorback passer to ever top the 3,000-yard mark.
"It's an honor to reach a milestone like that, but this season isn't over yet," Mallett said. "There's still time to do a little more and help the team out."
He impressed Mississippi State first-year head coach Dan Mullen, whose previous stop before taking over the Bulldogs (4-7, 2-5) was serving as quarterback coach for Florida's Tim Tebow.
"Five touchdown passes is a heck of a day," Mullen said. "But our secondary didn't make plays that were there to be made."
Mallett had a chance for a record-breaking sixth TD, but his pass to Greg Childs ended up being broken up due to a pass interference call.
Arkansas won despite giving up 182 yards rushing on 24 to Mississippi State's Anthony Dixon on a day when the Bulldogs ran the ball on 55 of their 68 plays with 327 yards rushing and 47 passing.
In contrast, the Razorbacks went to the air on 34 of their 61 play and getting 313 of their 396 yards total offense that way.
"It was hard," Petrino said. "Their defense did a good job of keeping us off balance and not letting us get into a rhythm. We tried a lot of play action to try and keep them guessing. They were committed to stopping the run and part of me wishes I could've thrown it every down, but that's hard to do."
Two of Mallett's scoring tosses went to former Texas High teammate and current UA freshman wideout Cobi Hamilton, who showed off his track speed.
Hamilton hauled in a 58-yard bomb in the second quarter and then did most of the work on a 68-yard scoring middle screen on his own.
The 58-yard connection sent Mallett over the 3,000 yard mark and gave him then TD responsibility mark.
"They just told me to keep running," Hamilton said. "I know Ryan has a strong arm so I just went."
Hamilton had 4 catches for 131 yards on the afternoon while Childs (3 for 49), Joe Adams (1 for 39), Jarius Wright (3 for 34) and D.J. Williams (4 for 30) also got in on the fun.
"It's a great feeling," Hamilton said. "The coaches just told me to keep watching Joe and Jarius at practice. It really helped me out."
Mallett also tossed touchdown passes to Adams, Wright and Childs while Broderick Green got his team-leading 10th rushing touchdown late in the game.
Dennis Johnson led the rushing attack with 50 yards while Green (29), Mallett (7) and Wingo (4) also got carries on the day.
Johnson also set a new single-season kickoff return yardage mark with 940 yards, with his 2 returns for 49 yards breaking his old record of 905 set last season.
The game didn't start well for Mallett as his first pass was batted down and the line of scrimmage and his second one was intercepted.
Mississippi State converted that turnover jumped into a 7-0 by covering 47 yards on just four plays.
The big play was when Chad Bumphis dropped a handoff, but picked it back up and raced 49 yards to the Arkansas 3.
Two plays later Arnil Stallworth covered the final yard and Derek DePasquale put through the PAT through with less than two minutes gone.
The Razorbacks answered right back in four plays with Mallett's 21-yard pass to Wright setting up a 39-yard scoring strike to Adams.
Adams caught the ball at the 10 and broke a tackle and then shook off another defender at the 7 before bursting into the end zone.
"Whenever I touch the ball, I want to score," Adams said. "When the guy hit me, I realized he wasn't really trying to tackle me. He was trying to strip me so I just shoved him off."
Tejada's PAT deadlocked it 7-7 with 11:21 still showing in the first half.
It grew to 14-7 when Mallett hit Hamilton with a 58-yard pass just a few minutes into the second quarter.
When Mallett hit Wright on a 5-yard touchdown toss and Tejada drilled the PAT the Razorbacks had gone up 21-7 with 4:53 left before intermission.
Tejada missed a 52-yard field goal the end of the half.
The Bulldogs stormed out of the locker room and used 11 straight rushing plays to cover 94 yards in 5:38.
Dixon had 48 yards on that drive, including the final four for the touchdown, as Chris Relf took over a quarterback for starter Tyson Lee.
"We weren't doing a good job in the first half at quarterback so we had to mix it up," Mullen said.
DePasquale's PAT cut it to 21-14 with 8:14 showing.
Arkansas answered right back with Hamilton taking a middle screen for Mallett and racing through tacklers and would tacklers for a 64-yard scoring dash.
That coupled with Tejada's PAT made it 28-14, but that lasted just one play.
Dixon – with a very well-placed stiff-arm on Razorback defender Jerico Nelson - raced 70 yards on the next play from the line of scrimmage and DePasquale's extra point had it 28-21.
"I think we started to run the ball downhill a little more in the second half," Dixon said.
The defense, led by Jerry Franklin (11 tackles), Wendel Davis (10), and safeties Elton Ford (9) and Nelson (8) then stiffened and kept the Bulldogs scoreless the rest of the way.
UA defensive end Jake Bequette got one of Arkansas' four sacks and also caused a fumble.
"We got some big plays in there," Bequette said. "Our safeties step up big, especially toward the end. That really turned the game around."
That included defensive tackle Zach Stadther forcing a Dixon fumble at midfield.
"After the fumble at midfield, we lost some momentum," Mullen said. "We have found a way to make turnovers at critical points in the game."
Dixon said he never had a chance to get going.
"I took the handoff and before I could turn right, the Arkansas defender was under me knocking the ball loose," Dixon said.
Mallett threw touchdown pass number five, a 11-yard one to Childs, after making liberal use of Williams on a 6-play, 50-yard jaunt.
"They were real efficient at throwing the ball," Mississippi State defender Jamar Chaney said. "They have a good young quarterback."
When Tejada booted his fifth PAT of the game with 12:35 showing, Arkansas was ahead 35-21.
The Razorbacks then closed the scoring on Green's 2-yard run with 4:04 left in the contest.
Tejada, now the new career-leader in PATs at Arkansas with 131, then was true again.
"We stopped the run against Arkansas," Mullen said. "We just gave up too many big plays in the defensive side of the ball."
It was the sixth straight win in Little Rock for the Razorbacks while it made Petrino 4-for-4 in his two years at the UA's home away from home.
It was a crowd that was very quiet early for a game that kicked off at 11:21 a.m.
"It was a little slow at first, but once we got some excitement going the crowd really got into it," Bequette said.
Arkansas, who improved its bowl stock with the win, will finish its regular season with a game at LSU next Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
The Razorbacks will be trying for the third straight win over the Tigers – including a second straight one at LSU's home field known as Death Valley.
"We've got to go out and practice really hard," Adams said. "It's always going to be a big game, a rivalry. They're going to bring their "A" game."
Cobi Hamilton finishes off one of his two touchdown catches on Saturday by outracing Maurice Langston.
Dennis Johnson, who broke his own single-season kickoff return yardage record on Saturday, stiff-arms Mississippi State's Robert Elliott.
Joe Adams beats Langston for his score.
Jarius Wright, being chased by Charles Burns, had 3 catches for 34 yards and a touchdown in the win.
Greg Childs fights through defenders on one of his 3 catches for 49 yards.
Ryan Mallett lets fly on one of his five touchdown passes against Mississippi State.
Mallett celebrates after a score.
Malcolm Sheppard hauls down Mississippi State back-up quarterback Chris Relf.