Razorbacks win AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Defense and Special Teams
1/2/2010 11:54 PM
Memphis, TN - The Arkansas Offense and Ryan Mallett were about as cold as the temperature at the 2010 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. An offense that was the best in the SEC scored 6 points against a stingy East Carolina Defense. Mallett was 15 of 36 for 202 yards and 1 touchdown. All of the Razorbacks points would come in the second half and the most important 3 in overtime.
Arkannsas struggled in the first half and never converted a 3rd down. In fact the only first down they gained in the game after second down was on the last play of the first half when Mallett hit Broderick Green for 17 yards on 4th down and 9 from the Arkansas 30.
The Arkansas defense that gave up 182 yards in the first half came out in the 3rd quarter and Jerry Franklin intercepted Pattrick Pinkney and the Hogs got on the scoreboard after Alex Tejada hit a 25 yard field goal after the drive stalled at the East Carolina 8.
The Razorbacks would get right back on the scoreboard when Tramain Thomas stepped infront of a Pinkney pass and returned it for a touchdown. The game was tied at 10 after Tejada converted the PAT.
East Carolina would take a 7 point lead on a 13 yard touchdown pass from Pinkney to Dwayne Harris.
Arkansas would answer the Pirates score with one of their own. It took two plays for Mallett to find Jarius Wright on a 41 yard strike and the game was tied again.
The game would get interesting late in the 4th quarter. Ben Hartman would miss a 39 yard field goal off the left upright with 1:03 to play. Arkansas took over and Ryan Mallett threw 3 incomplete passes and Arkansas had to punt the ball back to the Pirates.
East Carolina would take over at the 50 and take the ball all the way to the Arkansas 22 yard line and send Hartman out for a game winning field goal with 3 seconds left. This time Hartman missed the 39 yard field goal wide to the right with no time left on the clock.
Arkansas won the coin toss to begin overtime and wanted to play defense first. East Carolina would start at the 25. After a run of 5 and 3 yards by Dominique Lindsay the Pirates went to the air and the pass was incomplete. Insert Hartman. He lined up a 35 yard field goal and missed wide right.
The Arkansas offense that struggled in the first half could still not get a first down and Alex Tejada would get a chance to win the Liberty Bowl. He needed to kick a 37 yard field goal and Arkansas would win their first ever Liberty Bowl Trophy and keep the SEC win streak alive. The snap was good the hold was good and the kick was GOOD. Hogs Win, Hogs WIN, HOGS WIN!
Alex Tejada wins a game for the Razorbacks, and after close defeats at Florida and LSU, the Razorbacks win a game when their offense was ice cold. The Offense that kept Arkansas in games this year had to rely on the other side of the football tonight. Defense and special temas play won the LIberty Bowl.