Tigers "BOOT" Hogs from Death Valley
11/29/2009 1:12 AM
Baton Rouge, La. - The Boot was back in Baton Rouge today, but this time the Arkansas Razorbacks equipment truck will not be taking it back to Fayetteville to be displayed until next year when the Tigers come to Little Rock to play the Hogs.
Arkansas scored the first points of the game off the foot of Alex Tejada, a 47 yard field goal. LSU would then score the next 17 including an 87 yard punt return for a touchdown by Trindon Holliday. It was the second special teams score for Holliday against the Hogs in his career. A kickoff return in Little Rock after Darren McFadden scored on an 80 yard TD run was his first. In the two games that Holliday has a special teams TD, the Tigers have won the game.
This one would take overtime for the Tigers. Two years ago the Hogs and Tigers played three overtimes, this year it would only take one.
Joe Adams scored the go-ahead TD for Arkansas with 1:18 to play in the game on 4th and 9 from the LSU 14. Four plays earlier on 2nd and 10 from the LSU 30, Joe Adams was viciously hit by Chad Jones and Jones was called for a personal foul penalty for head to head contact. The hit sounded like a car crash, complete with broken equipment. Adams lost his head gear and was slow to get up, but he was able to get to his feet. It was the second time in the game that Jones had tried to take off his head.
After LSU drove from their own 36 to the Arkansas 23 in 1:03, Josh Jasper hit a 41 yard field goal to send the game into overtime.
Arkansas won the toss and played defense first, holding the Tigers to 3 and out and Les Miles called on Jasper again. Jasper connected on a 36 yarder to give LSU a 33-30 lead.
Arkansas would go backward on first down when Ronnie Wingo Jr. lost 2 yards, then Ryan Mallett missed London Crawford and the Hogs were faced with 3rd and 12 from the LSU 27. Mallett found Crawford for 8 yards and London was within inches of breaking away from Chris Hawkins and could have been the hero against the Tigers for the second year in a row, but he was stopped short of the first down marker. He would have to leave it in the hands of Alex Tejada to try and send the game into another OT. Tejada lined up the kick from the 36 and it sailed towards the LSU student section but he missed the right upright wide to the right. Game over.
Arkansas will have to leave "The Boot" in Baton Rouge this year but if they can find a defense that can be in the top 6 in the SEC, they will get "The Boot" back next year and maybe play in a BCS Bowl. One thing is for sure, they have one more game left this year. Where it is, is still yet to be determined.