Football Can't Overcome Arkansas' Fast Start

Leonard Fournette had 126 yards from scrimmage with a touchdown
Leonard Fournette had 126 yards from scrimmage with a touchdown
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BATON ROUGE -- Arkansas built a 21-0 lead before the half and handed the LSU football team its second-straight loss, 31-14, on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

LSU (7-2, 4-2 SEC), which lost consecutive games for the third time in Les Miles' 11 seasons, returns to action on Nov. 21 when the Tigers travel to face Ole Miss. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT in Oxford's Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

The Tigers scored on consecutive possessions spanning the halves to pull within a touchdown. With 24 seconds to play in the first half, Malachi Dupre scored with a 5-yard reception off a deflected pass from quarterback Brandon Harris in the direction of Travin Dural. LSU then started the second half with a 92-yard scoring drive that ended with a 2-yard run by Leonard Fournette.

Fournette had 127 yards from scrimmage including 91 on 19 rushing attempts and three catches for 36 yards.

Harris was 21-of-35 passing - both career highs - for 271 yards. Along with his TD pass to Dupre, he was intercepted in the endzone late in the fourth quarter.

Dupre had a team-high 109 receiving yards on eight catches, while John Diarse added four catches for 42 yards.

Defensively, LSU safety Jamal Adams had an interception, a fumble recovery and seven total tackles. Linebacker Lamar Louis led the Tigers with nine tackles.

Arkansas (6-4, 4-2 SEC) answered with a 25-yard field goal on its opening drive of the second half and added another touchdown on a 69-yard run by Jared Cornelius early in the fourth quarter.

The Hogs were led by running back Alex Collins, who scored on an 80-yard run and then a 5-yard run following Harris' fumble at the LSU 15. He finished with 141 yards on 16 carries. Kody Walker carried 17 times for 88 yards.

Quarterback Brandon Allen finished 8-of-14 passing for 128 yards including a 52-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Reed for the Razorbacks' first score.

Arkansas outgained the Tigers 440-330. The Hogs had 299 yards on the ground, while LSU managed only 59 net yards due to five sacks for minus-37 yards.

Blow-by-Blow Recap

Arkansas opened the scoring at the 8:06 mark of the first quarter when quarterback Brandon Allen connected with wide receiver Dominique Reed on a 52-yard touchdown pass. The TD culminated a 67-yard, five-play march after LSU went three-and-out on its first offensive series.

The Razorbacks extended the lead to 14-0 with 14:42 left in the second quarter when running back Alex Collins dashed 80 yards to the end zone, capping a 91-yard, four-play drive.

A five-yard burst by Collins after an LSU fumble gave Arkansas a 21-0 advantage. The score was set up when linebacker Brooks Ellis recovered a fumble by quarterback Brandon Harris at the LSU 11.

LSU responded with a nine-play, 92-yard touchdown drive capped by a five-yard scoring pass from Harris to wide receiver Malachi Dupre. The pass deflected off the hand of LSU wide receiver Travin Dural before Dupre grabbed it in the back of the end zone.

The Tigers narrowed the deficit to 21-14 on the opening drive of the second half as running back Leonard Fournette scored on a two-yard plunge. The march, which ended with 11:10 left in the third period, covered 67 yards in eight plays.

Cole Hedlund’s 25-yard field goal with 5:33 remaining in the third quarter stretched the Arkansas lead to 24-14. The kick capped a 48-yard drive in 10 plays that was triggered by Reed’s 40-yard kickoff return to the Razorbacks’ 44-yard line.

Arkansas wide receiver Jared Cornelius sprinted 69 yards on an end-around to give the Razorbacks a 31-14 lead with 10:18 left in the game.

Attendance was announced as 101,699.




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