Woodson leads Cats to first 4-0 start since 2002
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Andre Woodson continued to climb up the Heisman ladder with another fourth quarter comeback Saturday night.
For the second week in a row, quarterback Andre Woodson led a late fourth quarter drive to lead No. 21 UK 42-29 over Arkansas Saturday night in front of 74,015 fans at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The win improved the Cats to their first 4-0 start since the 2002 season when the Cats won their first four games to open the year.
But for Woodson, it was yet another Heimsan-esque performance after completing his sixth career fourth quarter comeback.
With the Cats (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) trailing 29-21 with 11:40 left in the game, Woodson led the Cats on two consecutive drives to seize the lead. Woodson's 32-yard touchdown to wide receiver Keenan Burton with 4:02 left gave the Cats a 35-29 lead and put an exclamation point on an offensive display in Fayetteville, Ark.
"I think the guys just try to do a good job of always staying calm," Woodson said. "We're going to be in some tough situations. We're still a team that's growing up and there's a lot of big-time playmakers on this team."
Arkansas appeared the have momentum early in the fourth quarter following a huge safety from Fred Bledsoe. The two-point play with wtih 11:51 gave the Hogs a 22-21 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, tailback Felix Jones broke down the left sideline for an 82-yard touchdown return, putting Arkansas up 29-21.
But the lead would be short-lived. The Cats answered on two consectuive drives, ultimately taking the lead on Woodson's 32-yard bomb to Burton with 4:02 to play. The Cats added another late touchdown before walking away with yet another comeback.
"We've got to hang in there," said Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt. "Our players are going to hear a lot of negativity. I told them to blame me. I've been (in this situation) before, and all we can do is keep fighting, keep working. There's a lot of football left, and that's all that matters."
Player of the Game: Who else but Woodson. The senior quarterback has firmly placed himself in the race for the Heisman trophy after his sixth career fourth quarter comeback. Woodson broke the NCAA record for consecutive passes without an interception, breaking the previous mark of 257 set by Fresno State's Trent Dilfer.
Play of the Game: The 32-yard touchdown pass from Woodson to Burton. Despite costly mistakes throughout the game, the Cats finally capitalized on the Arkansas defense, taking the final lead of the game on the fourth quarter pass.
Next Up: UK heads home next week to face Florida Atlantic. Arkansas hopes to rebound at home next Saturday against North Texas.