(Saturday, November 28th)
Final Score: (17) LSU 33, Arkansas 30 (OT)
Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) - Josh Jasper kicked his fourth field goal of the game from 36 yards out in overtime, as 17th-ranked LSU defeated Arkansas, 33-30, in another nail-biter between these SEC rivals.
Arkansas had its chance to respond in overtime, but Alex Tejada hung his kick of 36 yards out to the right to give LSU the thrilling win.
Terrible clock management in the waning seconds of last week's 25-23 loss to Ole Miss cost LSU its No. 10 ranking and a possible BCS bid. Les Miles' team didn't let that happen again, though, as the Tigers' two-minute offense went to work late in the fourth quarter for a second straight week.
With 1:18 to play, Jordan Jefferson moved the offense 41 yards to put the ball at the Arkansas 23 with nine seconds left for Jasper, who was true from 41 yards away to send the game to overtime.
"We knew it was going to be a very competitive game. It was very fitting that we get into the back half of this game, and we have to play well in tight quarters, which is what this team does and how they operate. For us to come out with victory, I'm just happy for my team," said Miles.
Jefferson threw a pair of touchdown passes and completed 17-of-25 attempts for 179 yards. Brandon LaFell had four catches for 70 yards and a score, while Deangelo Peterson scored on his only catch of the day.
Trindon Holliday rushed nine times for 57 yards and took back a punt 87 yards for a touchdown for the Tigers (9-3, 5-3 SEC), who had lost two of their previous three games.
Ryan Mallett was 17-of-39 for 227 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Razorbacks (7-5, 3-5), with Ronnie Wingo Jr. and Broderick Green both scoring rushing TDs.
Greg Childs was the recipient of five passes for 124 yards for Arkansas, which was bidding for a fifth consecutive win.
The teams traded field goals on the first two series of the fourth quarter, and LSU was left clinging to a 27-23 lead with 4:05 remaining.
Mallett and the Arkansas offense buckled down and marched 75 yards in 12 plays to take the lead on a 14-yard TD reception by Joe Adams. Mallett converted third downs of 10 and 20 yards with long passes and gave the Razorbacks a 30-27 lead with 1:18 to play by finding Adams on a fourth-down throw.
"It was tough a loss for us. It was a very tough, physical football game. Unfortunately, we came up on the wrong end in overtime. We certainly did a nice job of making the adjustments at halftime, coming out and competing hard. We got in the position where we had the chance to win the game. Unfortunately, we didn't get it done," said Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino.
Tejada's 47-yard field goal opened the scoring early in the first quarter, and LSU came right back with a 60-yard drive capped by LaFell's 16-yard TD catch.
Jasper booted a 47-yarder with eight seconds left in the first for a 10-3 game.
The Razorbacks punted on their first touch of the second, and Holliday found a seam up the middle before racing up the right sideline 87 yards to the end zone for a 17-3 lead.
Both offenses went south from there until Arkansas drove down to the Tigers' 18 inside the final minute, and Tejada kicked a 35-yard field goal for a 17-6 margin at halftime.
LSU opened the second half with the ball, but Jefferson was picked off on the third play from scrimmage, giving Arkansas the ball at the opposing 27-yard line. Three plays later, Wingo Jr. was in the end zone on a 13-yard score for a four-point game, 17-13.
LSU answered right away to reclaim a two-score advantage, driving 67 yards in nine plays, capped with Jefferson's 15-yard strike to Peterson with 7:15 to go.
Arkansas responded in kind, though, taking it 73 yards in just 2:50 and buoyed by 19 and 29-yard completions by Mallett before Green scored from eight yards out to make it 24-20 heading to the fourth quarter.
The visitors went 62 yards to open the final frame to set up Tejada's 40- yarder and get to within 24-23 five minutes in.
Jasper finished out an ensuing 55-yard trek by the Tigers with a 47-yard kick to put the hosts up 27-23 with four minutes remaining in regulation.
LSU owns a 34-19-2 advantage in the all-time series with Arkansas, which notched a thrilling 31-30 victory in last season's meeting...Dennis Johnson led the Razorback rushing attack with 78 yards on only nine rushes...Stevan Ridley ran for 48 yards and caught four passes for 30 yards for LSU...The Tigers also got six grabs and 44 yards from Richard Dickson...Arkansas outgained LSU 375-326.
11/29 02:06:12 ET