Dec 28, 2022; Memphis, TN, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back Devin Neal (4) rushes against the Arkansas Razorbacks in the first quarter in the 2022 Liberty Bowl at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Arkansas defeats Kansas in 3OT in Liberty Bowl thriller

KJ Jefferson accounted for 417 yards of total offense as Arkansas defeated Kansas 55-53 in triple overtime Wednesday night in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn.

It was the highest-scoring Liberty Bowl in history.

Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels threw for a Liberty Bowl-record 544 yards, with five touchdowns in defeat.

Jefferson had 287 yards passing and two touchdowns and rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns for Arkansas (7-6).

Kansas scored the final 25 points of regulation to send the game to overtime.

Down 38-23, Kansas scored with 1:05 left and recovered the onside kick. Daniels hit Luke Grimm with a 21-yard touchdown, and then hit Lawrence Arnold for the 2-point conversion to tie it with 41 seconds left.

Daniels hit Jared Casey on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line to take the lead in overtime. Rashod Dubinion answered with a 6-yard touchdown run for the Hogs.

Jefferson scored on a 20-yard run in the second overtime and then converted the 2-point conversion on a pass to Jaedon Wilson.

Daniels scored on a 2-yard run to answer. Daniels was stopped short on the 2-point attempt, but targeting was called. Daniels hit Casey with a 1-yard pass on the second try.

Jefferson hit Dubinion for the 2-point try in the third overtime. Kansas failed to convert its try.

Kansas (6-7), in its first bowl game since 2008, was seeking its fifth win over a Power 5 opponent this season after tallying just five in the previous five seasons combined.

Arkansas stretched the lead to 38-13 in the third quarter on Dubinion’s 2-yard run. Dubinion finished with 112 yards rushing, giving Arkansas 394 for the game.

Kansas’ Ky Thomas answered with a 2-yard run late in the quarter. Owen Piepergerdes’ 36-yard field goal for Kansas made it a two-score game.

Both offenses were able to move the ball early, although turnovers hurt Kansas. Daniels, who threw only two interceptions in 175 attempts this season, had two by the first drive of the second quarter.

The Razorbacks continued to pile on, taking a 31-7 lead with 5:02 left in the first half.

Kansas got a much-needed touchdown in the final two minutes of the first half when Daniels found Mason Fairchild for a 24-yard touchdown.

The Razorbacks led 31-13 at halftime.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Jadon Haselwood (9) runs after a catch in the second quarter against the Ole Miss Rebels at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Raheim Sanders, Arkansas topple No. 14 Ole Miss

Raheim Sanders set career highs with 232 rushing yards and three touchdowns as the Arkansas Razorbacks became bowl-eligible Saturday night, downing No. 14 Ole Miss 42-27 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Sanders, who carried the ball 24 times, topped his previous high of 175 yards and two scores set on Oct. 15 in a 52-35 win over BYU.

After missing last week’s home loss against No. 7 LSU, quarterback KJ Jefferson returned and went 17 of 22 passing for 168 yards and three scores. Matt Landers caught two touchdown passes, and Ketron Jackson Jr. had the other.

Linebacker Drew Sanders had a fumble recovery and an interception for Arkansas (6-5, 3-4 Southeastern Conference).

For Ole Miss (8-3, 4-3), Jaxson Dart was 21-for-36 for 240 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Malik Heath had 140 yards and a score on nine receptions.

Running back Quinshon Judkins totaled a season-best 214 yards on 24 carries. That gave the true freshman 1,385 yards — a single-season program record.

Zach Evans had a career-high 207 yards on 17 carries. Ole Miss produced 703 yards of offense, including 463 on the ground.

With Jefferson back under center, the Razorbacks perked up on offense on their second possession and went 69 yards on seven plays before the junior hit Landers for an 8-yard score at 8:28 of the first quarter.

On its next possession, the Arkansas offense went 73 yards for a score. Jefferson lobbed a perfect pass that Landers caught over his shoulder for a 23-yard TD.

The Rebels’ offense came to life on the ensuing series, with Dart finding Heath for a 53-yard gain. Jonathan Cruz put the visitors on the board with two minutes left in the quarter by curling in a 45-yard field goal.

In the first minute of the second quarter, Jackson won a one-on-one battle and caught a 20-yard touchdown pass for a 21-3 lead. Cruz later drilled a 32-yard field goal.

Sanders, who had 153 yards rushing yards in the first half, scored twice inside the last 2:20 to put the home side ahead 35-6 at the break.

His 68-yard touchdown run in the third quarter eclipsed his career highs, while Judkins, Evans and Heath tallied for Ole Miss in the fourth for the final margin.

–Field Level Media

Tigers head coach Brian Kelley as the LSU Tigers take down Alabama 32-31 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022.

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LSU heads to Arkansas with SEC West title within grasp

The LSU Tigers are in the driver’s seat to win the SEC West.

The Tigers (7-2, 5-1) moved up to No. 7 in the CFP rankings Tuesday night after a 32-31 overtime victory over Alabama last Saturday. That put them in position to win the West if they win their last two conference games.

First up is a game at Arkansas (5-4, 2-3) on Saturday. Coming off the upset victory against the Crimson Tide, LSU’s second in the past 12 meetings, the game against the inconsistent Razorbacks could be seen as “a trap game,” but Tigers coach Brian Kelly doesn’t see it that way.

“I’ve never bought into that because I think if it’s a trap game, you have not done a very good job with your football team,” Kelly said. “They know that Arkansas is an SEC opponent that beat them last year (16-13).

“It becomes a trap game if you’re not thinking right, and we’ll get our guys thinking the right way, and we’ll prepare the right way.”

LSU, which began the season unranked and was unranked as recently as three weeks ago, has won three straight, beating Florida and previously unbeaten Ole Miss before Alabama.

“We didn’t do anything different last week than we did for Ole Miss or we did for any of the other teams,” Kelly said.

The players understand the opportunity they have created for themselves, but Kelly said he won’t allow them to let it be a distraction.

“We’re not going to walk in with a PowerPoint on the SEC Championship race,” he said, “but it’s out there. They know what they’re going for.”

Arkansas rose to as high as No. 10 in the poll after winning its first three games, but that was followed by a three-game losing streak.

The Razorbacks bounced back to beat BYU and Auburn by a combined score of 93-62. But last week they lost at home to Liberty 21-19 as quarterback KJ Jefferson struggled while playing through a shoulder injury. He had the first multi-interception game of his career, throwing two, but coach Sam Pittman didn’t turn to backup Malik Hornsby.

Pittman said Jefferson’s limited practice time was a bigger factor in his performance than the injury itself.

“It was about is he healthy enough to play, and the answer was yes,” Pittman said. “So, there was never really a thought of pulling him out because of performance. It was about whether he was healthy or not. And obviously he ended up playing the last quarter or so well. He got back in the groove a little bit.”

Arkansas scored just three points during the first three quarters before scoring 16 in the fourth but still coming up short.

Jefferson, who finished 23 of 37 for 284 yards with two touchdowns against Liberty, is expected to practice more this week and start against LSU.

“My message to the team is if we don’t stay together, it ain’t going to work,” defensive back Quincey McAdoo said. “We’ve got to go back to work.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 5, 2022; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Liberty Flames quarterback Johnathan Bennett (11) rushes in the second quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Liberty’s key stop secures upset of Arkansas

Johnathan Bennett threw a career-high three touchdown passes and Liberty’s defense came up with a key stop late as the Flames posted their first-ever win over a Southeastern Conference opponent with a 21-19 victory over host Arkansas on Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.

The victory for the Flames (8-1) wasn’t secure until Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson was ruled just short on a potentially tying 2-point conversion try with 1:11 left in the game. After a review upheld the ruling, the Flames recovered the onside kickoff.

Bennett completed 15 of 25 passes for 224 yards, 145 of it on Demario Douglas’ 7 catches. Douglas was one of three Liberty receivers who caught a touchdown pass.

The Flames were up 21-5 midway through the fourth quarter until Jefferson threw two touchdown passes to Trey Knox, with and Raheim Sanders rushing for a 2-point conversion after the first to get the Hogs to within one score at 21-13 with 7:42 left.

The Hogs (5-4) got the ball back at their 15-yard line with 3:47 left and covered the 85 yards in seven plays but couldn’t get the final 2-point conversion to tie the game.

Jefferson was 23-of-37 passing for 284 yards — 109 in the fourth quarter –with two touchdowns and two interceptions for Arkansas..

The Flames, who lost leading rusher Dae Dae Hunter to a leg injury in the first half, ran for 91 yards.

The Hogs were held to only 144 on the ground, just the second time they have failed to top the 200-yard mark this season.

Liberty took advantage of relatively short fields for their first two touchdowns.

The Flames followed a partially blocked punt with a 59-yard drive capped by Bennett’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Noah Frith and then needed to negotiate just 53 yards for their second score when Arkansas failed to convert a fourth-and-5 at Liberty’s 47-yard line. Bennett’s 20-yard strike to Douglas completed the drive.

The Flames drove 80 yards late in the second quarter following Daijahn Anthony’s interception in the end zone.

Bennett finished the drive off with an 18-yard pass to Treon Sibley.

Arkansas’ only first-half points came on Cam Little’s 50-yard field goal on the final play of the second quarter.

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2022; Auburn, Alabama, USA;  Auburn Tigers linebacker Owen Pappoe (0) sacks Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback KJ Jefferson (1) on the opening play at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

KJ Jefferson, Arkansas end run of futility vs. Auburn

Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead the Razorbacks to a 41-27 victory over host Auburn in a Southeastern Conference game on Saturday.

Raheim Sanders rushed for a game-high 171 yards on just 16 carries and Rashod Dubinion added two short touchdown runs for Arkansas (5-3, 2-3 SEC), which ended a six-game losing streak to Auburn (3-5, 1-4).

Jefferson went 16-for-24 passing for 234 yards with no interceptions and added scoring runs of 1 and 13 yards to finish with 45 yards on 10 carries.

Matt Landers had four catches for a game-high 115 yards, and Jadon Haselwood finished with five receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown.

Arkansas outgained Auburn 520-468.

Robby Ashford went 24-for-33 passing for 285 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. He also rushed for a team-high 87 yards on 19 carries for the Tigers, who have lost four straight games.

Tank Bigsby added 63 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, on 11 carries. He also had a team-high six receptions for 37 yards.

Leading 17-13 at halftime, Jefferson found Haselwood over the middle for an 11-yard touchdown to give the Razorbacks a 24-13 lead with 6:02 left in the third quarter.

The Razorbacks effectively put the game away on their next possession. Dubinion’s 2-yard run capped a seven-play, 94-yard drive to extend the lead to 31-13 with 44 seconds left in the third quarter.

Dubinion’s second 2-yard touchdown run made it 38-13 with 7:35 remaining, before Ashford threw a 9-yard scoring strike to Camden Brown to cut it to 38-20 with 5:28 left.

Cam Little’s 37-yard field goal made it 41-20, before Jarquez Hunter’s 1-yard touchdown run for Auburn provided the final margin with four seconds remaining.

After Auburn took a 3-0 lead on Anders Carlson’s 46-yard field goal midway through the first quarter, the Razorbacks took the lead for good on their ensuing drive.

Jefferson capped an eight-play, 75-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 3:10 left in the first quarter. His 13-yard scoring run pushed the lead to 14-3 with 10:27 left in the first half.

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2022; Ames, Iowa, USA;  Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Myles Purchase (5) knocks the ball out from Oklahoma Sooners running back Eric Gray (0) during the first quarter in the Big 12 Conference game  at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nirmalendu Majumdar/Ames Tribune-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Gray powers Oklahoma to win at Iowa State

Eric Gray ran for 101 yards and a touchdown to lead Oklahoma to a 27-13 win over Iowa State in Big 12 action on Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

Cyclones quarterback Hunter Dekkers was intercepted three times, the final coming with just more than five minutes remaining when Sooners linebacker Danny Stutsman grabbed an ill-advised pass and returned it 37 yards to the Iowa State 2.

Two plays later, Gray scored from 4 yards out on a direct snap to give Oklahoma some breathing room.

The Sooners (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) have won back-to-back games to move within a win of securing bowl eligibility for the 24th consecutive season.

Iowa State (3-5, 0-5) has lost five consecutive games by a combined 28 points. The Cyclones rushed for just 66 yards.

Oklahoma took a 20-6 lead late in the third quarter when Dillon Gabriel found Jalil Farooq wide open for a 41-yard touchdown.

It was just the Sooners’ third play of the game to gain more than 15 yards. All came from Farooq, who finished with 74 receiving yards and 26 rushing yards.

Gabriel completed 15 of 26 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown.

The Cyclones pulled within seven early in the fourth quarter, scoring their only touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Dekkers to Jaylin Noel to cut Oklahoma’s lead to 20-13.

Dekkers was 37-of-57 passing for 312 yards and a score.

The Sooners took a 13-6 lead into halftime thanks to some trickery.

Early in the second quarter, Oklahoma lined up for a short field goal after Gray was stopped for a loss and third-and-goal from the 1.

Holder Michael Turk pitched the ball forward to kicker Zach Schmit, who cut to his left and easily found the end zone for the game’s first touchdown to break a 3-3 tie.

Schmit scored all 13 of the Sooners’ first-half points.

Xavier Hutchinson had a team-high 10 catches for 72 yards for the Cyclones.

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2022; Provo, Utah, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Jakob Robinson (1) is brought down Brigham Young University Cougars defensive lineman Tyler Batty (92) in the first quarter at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gabriel Mayberry-USA TODAY Sports

KJ Jefferson (5 TDs) leads Arkansas past BYU in shootout

KJ Jefferson threw a career-high five touchdown passes as Arkansas pulled away from BYU in the second half to post a 52-35 shootout win on Saturday afternoon in Provo, Utah, in the first-ever meeting between the programs.

Jefferson passed for 367 yards and hit 10 different receivers to help Arkansas (4-3) snap a three-game losing streak.

The game went back forth in the first half before the Razorbacks scored 17 consecutive points to go up 31-21 at the break. BYU (4-3) would never get closer than three points the rest of the way.

Raheim Sanders ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns, one of them a 64-yarder, to lead Arkansas’ stout rushing attack, which amassed 277 yards.

Jaren Hall led the Cougars with 356 yards passing and three touchdowns, with Puka Nacua hauling in eight passes for 141 yards and a TD and running for two other scores. Kody Epps had 125 yards and another TD receiving for BYU, which has dropped two straight games.

The Cougars began the scoring with Hall’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Rex with 5:39 to play in the first quarter. Arkansas answered three minutes later and tied the game when Sanders reeled off a 15-yard scoring run.

BYU used back-to-back pass interference penalties on the Razorbacks to set the stage for a 21-yard TD pass from Hall to Epps with 1:11 left in the first quarter.

Arkansas grabbed the lead on a 6-yard scoring pass from Jefferson to Trey Knox early in the second quarter. But the lead was short-lived as Nacua’s 5-yard TD run pushed BYU to a 21-14 advantage with 9:48 to play in the second.

The rest of the half belonged to the Razorbacks.

Cam Little booted a 34-yard FG with 6:46 to play before halftime to cut the BYU lead to 21-17. Jefferson hit Matt Landers with a 4-yard TD pass with at the 3:39 mark and then found Rashod Dubinion from 15 yards out to grant Arkansas a 31-21 advantage at the break.

BYU got back to within three points on Nacua’s 3-yard scoring sweep on the Cougars’ first drive of the third quarter. Arkansas immediately responded with a 39-yard Jefferson TD pass to Landers.

Nacua hauled in a 33-yard touchdown pass from Hall with 5:11 to play in the third. The Razorbacks pulled away with 5-yard TD toss from Jefferson to Landers and Sanders’ long touchdown run.

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2022; Starkville, Mississippi, USA;Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Will Rogers (2) looks to pass against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the first quarter at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

No. 23 Mississippi State has easy time with Arkansas

Will Rogers threw three touchdown passes as No. 23 Mississippi State surged to its third straight win and second consecutive in the Southeastern Conference, drilling the Arkansas 40-17 on Saturday at Starkville, Miss.

Coming off last Saturday’s 42-24 thrashing of Texas A&M that vaulted them into the Top 25, the Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1) sprung to a 21-0 first-half lead and were never threatened while dominating Arkansas (3-3, 1-3).

Rogers completed 31-of-48 passes for 395 yards. His three passing touchdowns to Jaden Walley, Austin Williams and Caleb Ducking boosted his total to 22 on the season.

Dillon Johnson rushed for a career-high 100 yards on 17 carries with two TDs. Jo’quavious Marks grabbed a career-best 11 receptions for 80 yards and ran in a score.

With top quarterback KJ Jefferson (head injury) unavailable, the Razorbacks started Cade Fortin but soon turned to Malik Hornsby.

Hornsby brought life to the offense, going 8 of 17 for 234 passing yards with a TD and two interceptions, while rushing eight times for a game-high 114 yards.

Arkansas’ Raheim Sanders had 20 carries for 86 yards with a TD, while Bryce Stephens had two receptions and a score.

Arkansas lost its third straight SEC game and was outgained 568-483 in total yardage.

The Bulldogs looked the part of a team on the rise, taking the opening drive 65 yards before Johnson bulled in from 1 yard out. On their next series, Mississippi State’s Walley caught a 5-yard TD that went through the hands of Arkansas defensive back Malik Chavis.

Mississippi State stretched its streak of consecutive TDs during red-zone visits to 13 on Williams’ diving catch just over the goal line for a three-TD lead.

Later in the quarter, Arkansas’ Cam Little had a 51-yard field goal. Hornsby’s 68-yard pass to Jadon Haselwood (three catches, 113 yards) set up Sanders’ short run to make it 21-10 just before halftime.

Rogers’ 33-yard lob to Ducking resulted in the receiver’s seventh TD and pushed the lead to 27-10 less than four minutes into the second half.

Hornsby answered by finding Stephens on a 54-yard deep ball for a score late in the third, but Arkansas sealed the victory when Johnson rumbled in from 30 yards in the third quarter and Marks scored in close in the fourth quarter for the final margin.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2022; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Jahmyr Gibbs (1) runs after a catch in the second quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 Alabama uses ground game to beat No. 20 Arkansas

Jahmyr Gibbs ran for 206 yards, most of which came on two long touchdown runs, to help the Alabama Crimson Tide to a 49-26 victory over the host Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday night in Fayetteville, Ark.

The ground game helped Alabama survive the shoulder injury to star quarterback Bryce Young, who did not return after leaving in the second quarter.

No. 2 Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC) hung on for its 15th consecutive win over the Razorbacks (3-2, 1-2).

Gibbs’ touchdown runs of 72 and 76 yards in the fourth quarter helped the Crimson Tide pull away after No. 20 Arkansas had cut their advantage to 28-23 with 19 seconds remaining in the third.

Freshman Jalen Milroe took over for Young and made the momentum-swinging play on Alabama’s second offensive snap of the fourth quarter. On third and 15 from their own 20, Milroe scrambled and broke loose downfield for a 77-yard run to the Arkansas 3. Two plays later, Jase McClellan scored to put Alabama ahead 35-23.

Milroe completed 4 of 9 passes for 65 yards and threw one touchdown pass and no interceptions.

Young, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, hurt himself with 10:47 left in the second quarter when he landed awkwardly on his right side while running toward the far sideline. Young remained in the game and threw a pass on the next play, but then pointed to his right shoulder as team trainers met him on the Alabama sideline.

Young completed 7 of 13 passes for 173 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and also ran for an 8-yard score.

Raheim Sanders led the Razorbacks with 101 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries while KJ Jefferson completed 13 of 24 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown.

After Alabama’s advantage was cut to 28-14, Arkansas kicker Jake Bates kicked and recovered an onside kick leading to a field goal.

On the next drive, another key special teams play went Arkansas’ way. A long snap on an Alabama punt hit Henry To’o To’o and rolled away from punter James Burnip who covered it up at the Tide 3-yard line. Jefferson scored on the next play to cut Alabama’s lead to 28-23, but was stuffed on the ensuing two-point conversion.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2022; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young (9) rushes for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama QB Bryce Young leaves with shoulder injury

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young left Saturday’s game with a first-half shoulder injury after he was tackled out of bounds.

Young, who won the Heisman Trophy last season, jammed his shoulder into the turf and later jogged to the locker room. Per a report by CBS, Young was questionable to return, but he did have a helmet in hand as Alabama opened the third quarter.

Alabama turned to backup quarterback Jalen Millroe, who returned in the Crimson Tide’s opening series of the third quarter. Millroe had a 22-yard touchdown pass to JoJo Earle and a 3-yard touchdown run.

Young, who exited with 10:54 remaining in the second quarter, was 7-for-13 for 173 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Including his first-half work Saturday, Young has thrown for 1,202 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions.

–Field Level Media