Arkansas rallied to defeat Ole Miss 29-24. The Razorbacks improved to 6-1 on the season and continue to show they are one of the better teams in the SEC.
After the game, Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino said, “I think our team really showed a lot of heart, a lot of character and a lot of toughness. I thought the coaches did an excellent job at halftime of what we’re going to go out there and do. We knew we were going to execute. We had excellent leadership from our players. They were positive. They were excited that we were going to find a way to win the game. We certainly didn’t want to start that way. You have to give them credit. They (Ole Miss) had a plan, and they came out and executed it. They kept the ball away from us. They ran the ball. They made plays in the first half when they presented themselves. We just kept competing, and it was nice to find a way to win.”
Following the tough loss, Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt said, “I’m really proud of our guy’s efforts today. I thought we played extremely hard. I wish we had the third quarter back. There were a couple of series on defense that we didn’t do anything. I wish Donte Moncrief would have caught one more ball. I think that would have put us over the edge. We needed something in the third quarter to give us confidence. We needed to go ahead and finish it. They played really hard. We had some really good effort and attitude out there against a team ranked 10th. I’m trying to keep these guys with a good effort and attitude. We do not need to ever give up, never quit, and fight no matter what people say. I’m really proud of how they played. They stayed really focused. Their attitude has been awesome. I wish we were standing here with a win. We were close, but it didn’t happen.”
Game Notes (Courtesy of UA Media Relations)
With the win, Arkansas improves to 6-1 on the season. The 6-1 start is the best for the Razorbacks under head coach Bobby Petrino and the first 6-1 start for the Razorbacks since 2006. The only other times UA started 6-1 or better since joining the SEC was 1998 and 2006.
Arkansas’ first touchdown drive took 1 minute, 31 seconds, the 13th touchdown drive of less than two minutes this season. UA has 75 touchdown drives of less than two minutes under head coach Bobby Petrino.
Arkansas was 4-for-6 in the Critical Zone (inside the 20-yard line). Zach Hocker made a 33-yard field goal in the second quarter, Tyler Wilson scored on two 1-yard rushes in the third and Hocker made a 23-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. This season, UA is 29-for-32 (.906) in the Critical Zone this season with 21 touchdowns.
The Arkansas defense held Ole Miss to 4-of-13 (.308) on third-down conversions. For the season, the Razorbacks have held the opposition to 36-of-102 (.353) on third-down conversions.
Joe Adams moved into a tie for third on Arkansas’ all-time career 100-yard receiving games chart with his 124-yard performance. Adams is tied with teammate Jarius Wright in third place.
Joe Adams moved into fourth on Arkansas’ all-time career receptions chart. With four catches, Adams now has 141 receptions in his career.
Joe Adams moved into fourth on Arkansas’ all-time career receiving yards chart. With 124 yards, Adams now has 2,166 receiving yards in his career.
Dennis Johnson recorded the third 100-yard rushing game of his career with a single-game career-high 160 yards. It was Johnson’s first 100-yard rushing game since he rushed for 107 yards at Florida on Oct. 19, 2009.
Tramain Thomas led Arkansas with 11 tackles, including seven solo stops and 0.5 a tackle for loss. Thomas also had two pass breakups in the victory.
Eric Bennett recorded his second interception of the season, picking off a pass late in the fourth quarter. Bennett also added five tackles.
Jerry Franklin had seven tackles in the win, giving him 339 for his career, which ranks eighth in school history. Franklin also had two tackles for loss in the game.
Jerico Nelson made nine tackles for the UA defense and had 2.5 tackles for loss. The 2.5 tackles for loss is the second-highest single-game total for Nelson in his career.
Today’s captains for Arkansas were Jarius Wright, Knile Davis, Tyler Wilson, Jerico Nelson, Jerry Franklin and Jake Bequette.
The attendance for this afternoon’s game was 57,951.