Arkansas (4-3, 1-3) raced out of the gates without letting up until a kneel down with 20 seconds remaining and blitzed Ole Miss (2-6, 0-5) 44-8 in front of 52,671 inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. The Rebels kept Heisman hopeful Darren McFadden out of the end zone, but all other Razorback offensive players more than adequately provided the scoring.
Running back Felix Jones rushed for two touchdowns and quarterback Casey Dick added a couple more through the air to pace Arkansas, who picks up its first SEC win of the year. Ole Miss is the lone conference team without a league victory.
"Obviously give a lot of credit to Arkansas today, they played with a lot of emotion and spirit," Ed Orgeron said. "We didn't come to play our best today, and I have to take the blame for that as the head coach. We were a little flat before the game, and that worried me. I thought we did the best we could all week, but obviously we didn't."
The Hogs ran rampant through the Ole Miss defense as the season-long tackling problems were exposed to the tune of 298 yards on the ground after 55 carries. McFadden and Jones picked up 112 and 103 rushing yards respectively.
Dick completed 11-of-17 passes for 96 yards and three touchdowns. The junior suffered an interception as well.
While Dick was effective and efficient, Ole Miss quarterback Seth Adams had a miserable day under center. Adams finished 9-of-16 for only 79 yards and a career-high four interceptions. It is the most picks for a Rebel quarterback since Ethan Flatt also gave four away at Wyoming in 2004.
Senior Brent Schaeffer replaced Adams on the final possession of the third quarter and finished the game. He totaled 103 yards on 5-of-13 throwing including the Rebels' lone score of the afternoon.
With 6:26 remaining in the final period, Schaeffer scrambled to his right and found Mike Wallace for a 37-yard touchdown. Moments later, the pair hooked up again for the two-point conversion.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis was productive with 84 yards on 15 carries, but incompletions, turnovers and penalties kept Ole Miss from establishing momentum. Bruce Hall added 31 yards on nine runs. The Rebels were flagged six times equaling 45 yards.
On the strength of his TD reception, Wallace led the receivers with 57 yards and four catches.
Defensively, Tony Fein from a few weeks of limited playing time to post a team-high 13 tackles. Ashlee Palmer and Johnny Brown compiled nine and seven tackles respectively. Brown, still playing for injured strong safety Jamarca Sanford, intercepted Dick in the end zone.
"I felt that I played better individually, but as a team, we still have a lot of work to do," Fein said. "I would rather have zero tackles and win than 50 and we lose.
"I don't want to say that last weekend had anything to do with it. I'm not into making excuses, but I don't know."
Ole Miss' first drive of the day went into Razorback territory before Josh Shene missed a 49-yard field goal attempt wide left. On the ensuing possession, Arkansas faced a 3rd-and-10, but McFadden took a draw for 30 yards. On the next play, Jones scampered 38 yards for the first score of the day.
Arkansas led 21-0 at halftime and even took the momentum away after the one Rebel score.
Ole Miss failed on an onside kick attempt, and Hog backup quarterback Nathan Emert found Chris Baker for a 48-yard touchdown to finalize the scoring.
The Rebels travel to Auburn for a 5 p.m. start next Saturday.
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