KJ Jefferson tosses 3 TDs as No. 20 Arkansas beats Ga. Southern
KJ Jefferson threw for 366 yards and three touchdowns to lead the No. 20 Arkansas Razorbacks to a 45-10 victory over visiting Georgia Southern in a nonconference game Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.
Dominique Johnson rushed for a team-high 72 yards and touchdown on five carries as Arkansas (3-0) ran for 269 yards on 48 carries — an average of 5.6 yards per attempt — and rolled up 633 yards of total offense.
Jefferson, who went 13-for-23 passing, highlighted his day by throwing a 91-yard touchdown pass to Treylon Burks in the third quarter. It ranked only behind Matt Jones’ 92-yard scoring strike to Richard Smith against Tennessee in 2002 in the school’s record book.
Arkansas took control on its first possession en route to its first 3-0 start in five years.
After a 47-yard pass from Jefferson to Tyson Morris pushed the pass to the Eagles’ 21 yard-line, Smith capped the drive three plays later by scoring on a 13-yard run for a 7-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.
Arkansas doubled its lead on its next possession, when Dominique Johnson capped a 15-play, 94-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown run with 3:31 left in the opening quarter.
After Morris caught 14-yard touchdown pass from Jefferson for a 21-0 lead with 8:42 left in second quarter, the Eagles (1-2) finally broke through on their next possession behind redshirt junior quarterback Justin Tomlin.
Tomlin kept the ball on a 3rd down play and cut to his right before outrunning the entire defense for a 76-yard touchdown with 7:22 left in the first half.
Tomlin finished 11-of-23 passing for 65 yards and ran for a team-high 65 yards and a score on 10 carries.
Arkansas needed just four plays to find the end zone to open the second half, as Jefferson connected with De’Vion Warren streaking down the sideline for a 60-yard touchdown and a 31-10 lead.
Jefferson threw his third touchdown pass of the game when he hit Burks for a 91-yard touchdown pass with 11:18 left in the third quarter.
Malik Hornsby pushed the lead to 45-10 with a six-yard touchdown run with 8:22 left in the game.
–Field Level Media