NCAA Game Summary - Ole Miss at Arkansas|
(Saturday, October 23rd)
Final Score: (21) Arkansas 38, Ole Miss 24
Fayetteville, AR (Sports Network) - Knile Davis ran for three touchdowns, two
of them coming in the fourth quarter, and 21st-ranked Arkansas downed Ole
Miss, 38-24, in a contest that was delayed twice during the second half
because of lightning.
Davis gained 176 yards on 22 carries for the Razorbacks (5-2, 2-2 SEC), who
bounced back from last week's 65-43 loss at Auburn. Arkansas quarterback Ryan
Mallett completed 13-of-24 passes for 196 yards Saturday after a concussion
forced him from the loss to the Tigers. He threw a touchdown and one
"I was real proud of how we finished the game running the ball," Arkansas
coach Bobby Petrino said. "Knile did a great job running the football, but our
offensive line did a great job blocking for him."
Jeremiah Masoli threw for 327 yards with three touchdowns and picked up 98
yards on the ground for Ole Miss (3-4, 1-3).
The game was interrupted with 5:06 remaining in the third quarter and play
resumed after a 58-minute delay.
In the fourth quarter, Masoli and Markeith Summers hooked up for a pair of
touchdowns -- 43 and 22 yards -- sandwiched around a 71-yard dash to the end
zone by Davis. Masoli's second TD pass to Summers drew Ole Miss within seven
with 9:04 remaining. Following another weather-related stoppage, Davis sealed
the win with a 22-yard scoring run.
It was an unsettling start for Mallett, who was picked off by Allen Walker on
Arkansas' first offensive play of the game.
The Rebels started the ensuing drive from the Arkansas 28-yard line, but
Jerico Nelson recovered a Masoli fumble on third down to set the Razorbacks up
at the 35.
"We've been a team like this all year; we had too many missed opportunities,"
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt said. "When you get an opportunity like the
interception in the first quarter, you have to take advantage of it and get
them down. We've been consistent at doing that where we don't play together,
offense, defense and special teams. We have glimpses of really good things for
a young group. In this league, you have to take advantage."
Mallett completed a 46-yard pass to D.J. Williams on 2nd-and-10. A face
mask penalty on the play placed the ball at the Mississippi nine. Three
consecutive runs by Davis resulted in a 7-0 lead for Arkansas.
The Razorbacks got the ball back after a punt and Greg Childs hauled in a 23-
yard touchdown pass from Mallet with 4:33 remaining in the opening quarter.
Arkansas' lead grew to 21-0 in the second stanza when Joe Adams returned a
Tyler Campbell punt 97 yards for a touchdown. Bryson Rose put Ole Miss on the
board by booting a 22-yard field goal with 1:40 left before halftime.
Following the break, Zach Hocker converted a 46-yard field goal on Arkansas'
first second-half possession.
The Rebels needed just three plays to score a touchdown on their next series.
After a Masoli pass fell to the turf on first down, Jeff Scott ran for 45
yards before being tackled at the Arkansas 18. Ja-Mes Logan then caught a pass
in the end zone, trimming Ole Miss' deficit to 24-10.
The Rebels fell to 5-4 in their last nine games against ranked
opponents...Arkansas leads the all-time series 31-25-1...The Razorbacks
limited the Rebels to 4-of-17 conversions on third down...Ole Miss outgained
Arkansas in total offensive yards, 512-464.
10/24 00:46:46 ET