SCORING RECAP: LSU 41, Arkansas 17

How the No. 1 Tigers and No. 3-ranked Arkansas scored Friday as LSU finished the regular season 12-0 for the first time in program history and moved into the SEC Championship against Georgia next week.

SCORING RECAP

First quarter

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Second quarter

Jarius Wright gave the Razorbacks an early 7-0 lead.

Arkansas Jarius Wright 13 pass from Tyler Wilson (Zach Hocker kick), 14:54. DRIVE: 11 plays-62 yards-5:24. KEY PLAYS: After dominating the opening quarter, the Razorbacks’ offense finally drew blood with a methodical drive sparked by Broderick Green and Wilson, who scrambled for one three third-down conversions and zipped a 16-yar pass to Greg Childs on another. Arkansas 7, LSU 0


 

Kenny Hilliard busted into the end zone for his sixth score of the season.

ARKANSAS – Alonzo Highsmith 47 fumble return (Hocker kick), 12:11. KEY PLAYS: The Tigers produced a pair of first downs and appeared to be on the move when Michael Ford took an option toss right and Tramain Thomas drilled him. The ball popped free and Hightower pulled it in on the fly and raced the distance to put the Tigers in the biggest hole they’ve faced all season. Arkansas 14, LSU 0

 

LSU – Kenny Hilliard 6 run (Drew Alleman kick), 5:15. DRIVE: 14-77-6:56. KEY PLAYS: It wasn’t pretty, but LSU pieced together a herky-jerky answer to two straight Arkansas TDs. LSU nearly lost fumbles twice and there were also two penalties, but the Tigers kept pounding away with Hilliard running five times for 24 yards and Jefferson hitting one short throw after another with four completions for 23 yards. Arkansas 14, LSU 7

 

Tyrann Mathieu's 92-yard punt return turned the game around int he second quarter.

LSU – Tyrann Mathieu 92 punt return (Alleman kick), 3:24. KEY PLAYS: With decent field position after an LSU pooch kick, Arkansas couldn’t move and went three-and-out after a Ron Brooks sack and  Craig Loston pass breakup on third down. Dylan Breeding got off a decent kick from midfield, but Mathieu gathered it in, dodged two early tackles and found daylight down the left sideline for the Tigers’ longest return since Chad Jones zig-zagged 93 yards against Mississippi State in 2009. Arkansas 14, LSU 14

 

LSU – Russell Shepard 9 pass from Jordan Jefferson (Alleman kick), :59. DRIVE: 5-66-1:00. KEY PLAYS: Mathieu struck again, smacking the ball out of Dennis Johnson’s arms on what would’ve been a run for a first down and Ron Brooks recovered. Jefferson’s passing matriculated the ball down the field as he hit 4-of-5 passes – Kadron Boone for 17, Rueben Randle for 18 and then 22 and Shepard on the slip screen to put LSU in front for the first time all day. LSU 21, Arkansas 14

 

Third quarter

ARKANSAS – Hocker 29 FG, 7:42. DRIVE: 9-76-3:11. KEY PLAYS: The Hogs got the ball on Thomas’ interception on a ball Jefferson should’ve thrown away. Arkansas quickly flipped the field when Cobi Hamilton took a pass from Wilson on the left flat, spun away from one tackle and dashed 60 yards to the Tigers’ 28-yard-line. The Razorbacks got as close as the 8 on Wilson’s 20-yard strike to Chris Gragg plus a roughing-the-quarterback call. But LSU buckled down and forced the kick to maintain the lead. LSU 21, Arkansas 17

 

LSU – Alleman 21 FG, 2:14. DRIVE: 10-76-5:28. KEY PLAYS: Ford, Hilliard and a four-down offsides flag on Arkansas got LSU near midfield in five plays. On a lead play to the right, Ford cut back against the grain and sprinted 49 yards to the 6. This time it was the Hogs who buckled down and didn’t allow a TD from close. LSU 24, Arkansas 17

 

Fourth quarter

Spencer Ware's 7-yard TD blast padded LSU's lead to 38-17.

LSU – Spencer Ware 7 run (Alleman kick), 11:04. DRIVE: 9-45-3:56. KEY PLAYS: Mathieu’s 16-yard punt return put LSU in Hogs territory. In what may go down as a season-defining drive, the Tigers pounded away at Arkansas with Hilliard carrying four times for 24 yards, Ford powering his way for 6 yards on a led play and Ware gobbling up the final 14 yards on carries. LSU 31, Arkansas 17

 

LSU – Jefferson 48 run (Alleman kick), 10:09. DRIVE: 2-50-:48. KEY PLAYS: Defense again ignited the fuse as Morris Claiborne soared for his fifth interception of the season on Arkansas’ first snap after the kickoff. Two plays later, Jefferson faked a handoff and darted through a wide-open hole in the middle for his longest run of the season and the backbreaker. LSU 38, Arkansas 17

 

LSU – Alleman 37 FG, 5:08. DRIVE: 8-41-3:32. KEY PLAYS: The Tigers marched downfield against the weary Hogs defense with Jefferson hitting short passes to Randle and Ware and Hilliard breaking off a 16-yard run to get LSU in Alleman’s range. LSU 41, Arkansas 17

 

 

Final score: LSU 41, Arkansas 17

Records: No. 1 LSU 12-0, 8-0 SEC; Arkansas 10-2, 6-2

Attendance: 93,108 (second largest in stadium history)

Up next: The Tigers head to Atlanta for a date with Georgia in the 2011 SEC Championship Game at 3 p.m. next Saturday.

 

 

Tigers weather early storm, thump Hogs

Tigers weather early storm, thump Hogs

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Recruiting glance: Arkansas game visitors

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