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Backup QB Jennings leads late drive as No. 15 LSU comes back on Arkansas, 31-27

  • LSU running back Terrence Magee (14) gets into the end zone in front of Arkansas safety Alan Turner (27) for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

    LSU running back Terrence Magee (14) gets into the end zone in front of Arkansas safety Alan Turner (27) for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen (10) drops back in the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

    Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen (10) drops back in the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)  (The Associated Press)

  • LSU running back Terrence Magee (14) heads for the end zone in front of Arkansas cornerback Jared Collins (29) for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

    LSU running back Terrence Magee (14) heads for the end zone in front of Arkansas cornerback Jared Collins (29) for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)  (The Associated Press)

Backup quarterback Anthony Jennings lofted a 49-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural with 1:15 left, and No. 15 LSU pulled out a tense 31-27 victory over upset-minded Arkansas on Friday.

Jennings, a freshman, entered the game after senior starter Zach Mettenberger hurt his left leg in the fourth quarter, and the game came down to whether he could drive the Tigers 99 yards in the final 3 minutes.

He responded with a pair of clutch first-down passes and a 21-yard scramble to set up his winning scoring strike that kept LSU (9-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) alive for a fourth-straight 10-win campaign.

Brandon Allen completed two touchdown passes to tight end Hunter Henry, the second giving Arkansas (3-9, 0-8) a 27-21 lead that stood most of the fourth quarter. But Jennings' heroics extended the Razorbacks' school-record losing streak to nine games.