FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- No. 7 LSU (10-2, 6-2) held on for dear life in the waning seconds as Tyler Wilson and the Arkansas offense came up just short of a last-ditch comeback driving toward the north end zone in Razorback Stadium.
Wilson's pass into the end zone from 18 yards out, intended for receiver Mekale McKay, sailed overhead as time expired and the Tigers escaped with a 20-13 victory.
Arkansas (4-8, 2-6) climbed out of a 10-0 halftime deficit and a 17-3 third-quarter deficit to come within striking distance at the tail end of the ballgame.
LSU got on the board first with a 49-yard field goal from senior Drew Alleman with 4:45 to play in the first stanza. The kick marked a career long for the Acadiana product.
The Tigers extended their lead with 72 seconds left in the first half when sophomore Jarvis Landry made a phenomenal one-handed touchdown catch in the back of the end zone.
After backup kicker John Henson buried a 25-yarder for Arkansas to make the score 10-3, LSU freshman back Jeremy Hill responded with a touchdown plunge from one yard out to make it 17-3.
Wilson hooked up with McKay for a 28-yard score midway through the third quarter to bring it back to a one-score affair.
From there the two SEC West teams traded field goals in the fourth quarter to provide the final margin.
But Arkansas' trifecta came with a bit more skepticism, as coach John L. Smith opted to try a 17-yarder instead of trying to tie the game from one yard away on fourth down.
He thought his Razorbacks would have another chance to win the game.
Ultimately they did, but Wilson & Co. weren't able to make magic happen on the offense's last-minute possession.
Arkansas' offense did plenty, however, during the course of the day.
A group which had been struggling mightily rang up 462 total yards of offense, compared to only 306 by visiting Tigers. The Hogs passed for 359 yards and, perhaps most surprisingly, ran for 103 yards, including 31 yards from forgotten back Knile Davis.
Cobi Hamilton led the Hogs in receiving with 10 catches for 98 yards. A total of nine pass catchers hauled in balls from Wilson on the day.
On Senior Day in Fayetteville, Wilson became the program's all-time leading passer while Hamilton took over the mantle as the all-time leading receiver.
Zach Mettenberger had a decent day for LSU, finishing 16-of-29 passing for 217 yards and a touchdown. He was not intercepted but was sacked three times.
Hill led the way on the ground with 77 yards and the aforementioned score on 18 carries. Landry had 75 yards and a touchdown on eight catches while Odell Beckham, who made the most clutch play of the game late in the fourth quarter to extend a drive, netted 112 yards on four grabs.
LSU will learn its bowl future in about eight days.
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LSU edges Arkansas 20-13
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