NCAA Game Summary - Arkansas at Ole Miss|
(Saturday, October 22nd)
Final Score: (10) Arkansas 29, Ole Miss 24
Oxford, MS (Sports Network) - Tyler Wilson passed for 232 yards and ran for
two scores in the third quarter, helping No. 10 Arkansas overcome a big
deficit, then held on for a 29-24 victory against Ole Miss.
The Razorbacks faced a 17-0 deficit before reeling off 29 consecutive points
to build a double-digit advantage.
Still, the lead wasn't entirely safe, as the Rebels scored late and recovered
an onside kick to get an opportunity to steal the victory. But Arkansas sacked
Ole Miss quarterback Randall Mackey before intercepting him to secure the
Dennis Johnson ran for 160 yards and a touchdown for the Razorbacks (6-1, 2-1
SEC), who were coming off a bye week and won their third consecutive game.
Mackey passed for two touchdowns and ran for one, but the Rebels (2-5, 0-4)
lost for the second straight week.
Zach Hocker's 23-yard field goal with 11:31 left in the fourth quarter ended
the Razorbacks' run of points and gave them a 29-17 lead. They then held Ole
Miss to a punt, but the Rebels still made the game close with their next
The 16-play, 80-yard march lasted more than five minutes and ended with 1:23
to play, when Mackey found Donte Moncrief for a four-yard TD. The Rebels were
suddenly within a score and recovered the onside kick try when tight end Jamal
Mosley timed his jump perfectly to grab the ball in the air. The closest
Arkansas player had inexplicably taken a step back, providing space for Mosley
to catch it.
The recovery set Ole Miss up at its own 43, but Trey Flowers tackled Mackey in
the backfield as time continued to wind down. Mackey then threw into tight
coverage on the left side of the field, where Eric Bennett made the
interception and started racing up the sideline. He was forced out of bounds
deep in Ole Miss territory, sealing the victory.
Ole Miss had a lot of offensive success early, reaching Arkansas territory on
its first drive and scoring on its next three.
Bryson Rose kicked a 43-yard field goal to put the Rebels on the board, and
they took advantage of a turnover on downs late in the quarter. They stopped
Broderick Green on 4th-and-1 to take over at their own 49, and Mackey found
Moncrief for a 31-yard score on the first play of the second quarter.
On their next possession, the Rebels moved 80 yards in 11 plays, the last a
three-yard TD run by Mackey that made it a 17-0 game with just under seven
minutes left in the half.
"We wanted to get into a rhythm and feel our way through it, but we came out a
little bit slow," Wilson said.
But the tables turned in a big way, as Arkansas' defense became more effective
and its offense came to life.
Facing a 3rd-and-14 with a little more than five minutes to go in the first
half, Johnson broke out for a 52-yard score and put the Razorbacks on the
They went into halftime facing the 17-7 deficit, but got a 33-yard field goal
by Hocker to open the third quarter.
Wilson used his arm and legs to set up Arkansas' next two scores.
He hit Joe Adams with a 37-yard pass to set up a 1st-and-goal from the one. On
the next play he pushed the ball over the goal line to tie the game with 6:48
left in the quarter.
After the Razorbacks forced a three-and-out from Ole Miss, Wilson went back to
Adams for a 67-yard gain. That set up a 1st-and-goal at the eight, and on 4th-
and-goal from the one, Wilson scored again. The touchdown put Arkansas up for
the first time Saturday, 24-17.
"I wish we had the third quarter back," said Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt.
"There [were] a couple of series on defense that we didn't do anything."
The Razorbacks were threatening again later in the third quarter, with a 1st-
and-goal from the five, before Johnson fumbled the ball away at the one-yard
But the turnover proved to be advantageous -- Jeff Scott was tackled in the
end zone for a safety -- and Arkansas moved into the final quarter with a
Mackey passed for a career-high 219 yards on 18-of-30 completions...Adams
finished with four catches for 124 yards...Ole Miss was penalized 12 times for
85 yards, compared to Arkansas' two penalties for four yards.
10/22 18:09:33 ET