HOGS WILL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
11/22/2008 6:13 PM
STARKVILLE, Mississippi - The Arkansas Razorbacks needed a victory to keep their post season bowl hopes alive. The way they started it looked as if next weeks game in Little Rock would mean something.
Nathan Dick got the nod at quarterback, replacing his older brother Casey for the first time in his career. He miss fired on his first pass long, then hit Jarius Wright in the hands but he couldn’t hold on to the pass, so on third and 10 from their own 29 Michael Smith ran up the middle for 19 yards and a Razorback first down. Seven plays later Smith would run up the gut for 15 yards and the Hogs were on top of the Dogs 7-0 after Alex Tejada kicked the PAT.
Arkansas would hold State to 5 plays and then would score on an 87 yard touchdown pass to Lucas Miller and the Razorbacks jumped to a 14-0 lead. The lead would not last long.
Mississippi State made adjustments and Tyson Lee carved up the Razorback defense by handing off to Anthony Dixon when he wasn’t finding him through the air. Dixon finished the night with 179 yards on 23 carries with one touchdown and 5 receptions for 32 yards and 2 touchdowns.
If there was one bright spot, Lucas Miller did show up to play today. He finished the game with 10 receptions for 201 yards and one touchdown.
The Arkansas defense gave Mississippi State all kinds of gifts by missing tackles and leaving receivers open on passing routes with their coverage. State gouged the Hogs D with 445 yards in total offense, 226 of that on the ground.
Even after the struggles on defense the Razorbacks had a chance to send the game into overtime. Nathan Dick orchestrated a 12 play, 80 yard drive that took 1:53 off the clock when he found Ben Cleveland from the State 1 in the end zone, and after the PAT Arkansas was within 3 points of tying the game.
Alex Tejada lined up for the onside kick and the Razorbacks recovered the second onside kick of the season. Dick found London Crawford for two receptions and with 4 seconds left the Hogs called their final timeout and called on Tejada to try and send the game into overtime. His field goal attempt of 46 yards missed wide right. He did have enough leg however.
Arkansas will have to rebound next week as the LSU Tigers come to the rock for the “Battle for the Golden Boot,” the day after Thanksgiving. It will be the last time some of these Razorbacks will wear the red helmet with a Hog on the side.
This year the Razorback season will finish at War Memorial Stadium. These Hogs will get to spend Christmas with their families and return to the practice fields in the spring.