A large cast of seniors were honored prior to Friday's game, and as always, there was plenty of emotion.
There were cheers for all 25 of the honored players, but the biggest ovation came for fifth-year senior Jarrett Lee
, who started the first nine games this season.
Another fifth-year player, offensive lineman T-Bob Hebert
, also got a rousing ovation, as did Ron Brooks
and Jordan Jefferson
Early in the fourth quarter with LSU
driving and at the Arkansas
7-yard-line, junior receiver Russell Shepard
frantically called for a timeout right before a second-down snap.
Shepard was split wide right and was eye-balling the play clock, which was about to expire.
"I looked up and saw it was at :01 and called the timeout because I didn't want us to get a delay there," said Shepard, who drew the praise of Billy Gonzales
on the sideline. "We'd had enough penalties that hurt us and we needed to get the ball in the end zone."
Thanks to Shepard, the Tigers got a snap on second-and-3 instead of second-and-8, and Spencer Ware
slashed his way in for a touchdown that boosted the lead to 31-17.
When Arkansas scored a touchdown on the first snap of the second quarter, it marked the first time LSU trailed at home for the entire 2011 season.
The second Razorbacks' touchdown put the Tigers in their biggest hole since Ole Miss claimed a 31-13 decision in the next-to-last game of the 2008 regular season.
The comeback from 14 points down was LSU's best rally since it erased a 31-3 deficit against Troy for a 42-31 triumph on Nov. 15, 2008.
More rareness: Alonzo Hightower's 46-yard fumble return for a TD was the first fumble return for a score by a foe since Sept. 6, 2003, when Arizona's Zeonte Sherman took a loose ball back a yard in a 59-12 loss.
The paid attendance Saturday was 93,108. That's the second largest crowd in stadium history, just 21 fewer than watched No. 4 LSU and top-ranked Florida play on Oct. 10, 2009.
Streaks of note
LSU won its national-best 13th game in a row overall, 17th straight at Tiger Stadium.
Moving the chains
LSU finished 12-0 in the regular season for the first time in program history and 8-0 in SEC games for the first time. The Tigers can match a school record by beating Georgia in the SEC Championship Game next week. LSU has never won 14 games in a season.
Jordan Jefferson threw his 33rd career touchdown to move past teammate Jarrett Lee and into sixth placed on LSU's all-time list.
Rueben Randle set career-highs with nine receptions and 134 receiving yards. It was his fourth 100-yard game of the season and fifth of his career.
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Tyrann Mathieu's 92-yard punt return matches the third longest in Tigers' history. Kenny Konz returned one the same distance against Tulane in 1949.
Mathieu also forced two more fumbles, giving him six this season and a school-record 11 in his 24-game career.
Ron Brooks logged a career-best 6 tackles Friday and recovered his team-high fourth fumble of the campaign.
Kenny Hilliard's 102-yard day make him the third different Tiger back to top the century mark this season. His 6-yard TD run gives him six scores, two behind Ware and one behind Michael Ford.
Mo Claiborne's interception was his fifth this season, giving him back-to-back seasons with five.
Arkansas' 17 points were the most an SEC opponent managed vs. the Tigers this season. The only time the Hogs scored fewer this season was in a 38-14 loss to Alabama.
LSU scored 40 points or more for the eight time this season, which it had never done before.
Tigers' kicker James Hairston boomed five touchbacks on eight kickoffs and two others reached the end zone.
The Razorbacks wore decals reading "GU" on the back of their helmets and wrist bands to honor teammate Garrett Uekman, who died Sunday from an undetected heart condition. There was a moment of silence to honor a player who was also recruited by LSU. Arkansas tight end Austin Tate changed his No. 87 for an 88 jersey to honor his friend.
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