January 01, 2008

Missouri, Temple Roll Arkansas in Cotton Bowl

DALLAS - Missouri and tailback Tony Temple showed Arkansas why it deserved its No. 1 ranking for a week this season, routing the Razorbacks 38-7 in the Cotton Bowl.

Arkansas shocked LSU to end its regular season, but it couldn't stop these Tigers - or Temple.

"To be honest with you, I'm a little bit blindsided by the way we played," Arkansas interim coach Reggie Herring said.

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Fumbling All Around

DALLAS - Fumbles are abounding at the Cotton Bowl, sealing the victory for Missouri against Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.

The Tigers lead 31-7 with 10 minutes, 25 seconds remaining in the game.

The fumbling started after Arkansas defensive end Adrian Davis intercepted a pass from Chase Daniel. But Daniel chased down Davis and forced a fumble, which the Tigers recovered.

But on the ensuing drive, Missouri tailback Derrick Washington gave it back to Arkansas.

Then the Razorbacks returned the favor. Missouri linebacker Luke Lambert forced a fumble from Arkansas wide receiver Andrew Davis.

The turnovers ballooned for Arkansas. After it forced Missouri to punt, Arkansas muffed the punt, and the Tigers recovered in the red zone.

Jeff Wolfert kicked a 32-yard field goal after the MU offense stalled.

No Shutout for Missouri in Cotton Bowl

DALLAS - Arkansas is finally on the board.

Darren McFadden scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run on fourth-and-goal. The Razorbacks trail Missouri 28-7 with 3 minutes, 8 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Casey Dick will have to make some plays if Arkansas hopes to make a comeback against the Tigers.

No Shutout for Missouri in Cotton Bowl

DALLAS - Arkansas is finally on the board.

Darren McFadden scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run on fourth-and-goal. The Razorbacks trail Missouri 28-7 with 3 minutes, 8 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Casey Dick will have to make some plays if Arkansas hopes to make a comeback against the Tigers.

Defense Strikes for Missouri

DALLAS - After Arkansas and Missouri traded fumbles, the Tigers' defense broke the Cotton Bowl open.

Arkansas quarterback Casey Dick was attempting a pass to fullback Peyton Hillis. But linebacker Sean Weatherspoon tipped the ball, and safety William Moore returned it 26 yards for a touchdown.

Missouri leads 28-0 midway through the third quarter.

Tony Temple Continues to Dominate

DALLAS - With tailback Tony Temple leading the way, Missouri scored a touchdown on its opening drive of the second half. The Tigers lead Arkansas 21-0.

Arkansas tried an onside kick, but the Tigers recovered on the Razorbacks' 48 yard-line. On the six-play drive, Temple had three carries for 24 yards and scored on a 4-yard run. He now has 16 carries for 183 yards and three touchdowns.

Arkansas Shut Out at the Half

DALLAS - In a game that was supposed to be a shootout, Missouri held Arkansas scoreless in the first half.

The Tigers lead the Razorbacks 14-0. The Razorbacks had chances to score, but Alex Tejada missed two field goals, from 36 and 37 yards.

To catch Missouri, the Razorbacks have to be less predictable on first down. They are rushing on almost every first down. Darren McFadden has been contained so far. He has 13 carries for 56 yards. Felix Jones has run seven times for 36 yards. Arkansas needs to try more play-action passes and screens to throw off Missouri's defense.

For Missouri, it needs to continue to run - believe it or not. Tailback Tony Temple, not quarterback Chase Daniel, was the star of the first half. Temple rushed for 159 yards and two touchdown on 13 carries. Daniel was only 8-of-13 for 78 yards.

The Tigers' special teams will to improve, however. Punter Adam Crossett had a measly 29-yard punt in the second quarter, and Arkansas has sprung several long kickoff returns.

Tony Temple the Star

DALLAS - Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel did not throw a single pass on the the Tigers' latest touchdown drive.

The Tigers lead Arkansas 14-0.

Tailback Tony Temple led the rushing attack on the six-play, 82-yard drive. He had 22-yard and 38-yard runs before his 4-yard touchdown.

Arkansas running back Darren McFadden has 12 carries for 47 yards.

Wake Up, Offense

DALLAS - The offenses are still trying to wake up at the Cotton Bowl.

Missouri still leads 7-0 midway through the second quarter.

Arkansas has not scored on its first four drives. There was an odd sequence at the end of their third drive. The Razorbacks faced fourth-and-4 on Missouri's 35-yard line. On a fake punt, Reggie Fish picked up a first down on an end-around. But after the play, the referee announced Arkansas had called a timeout. The Razorbacks were stuffed on the ensuing play.

The star running back so far is Missouri's Tony Temple, who has 81 yards on seven carries. Darren McFadden has 44 yards on 11 carries for the Razorbacks.

Missouri Strikes First

DALLAS - Tony Temple, not Darren McFadden, scored the Cotton Bowl's first rushing touchdown.

Temple's 22-yard run capped off a six-play, 73-yard drive late in the first quarter. Missouri leads 7-0.

Arkansas opened the game with a drive into the red zone. But Missouri stuffed McFadden on third-and-4, and Alex Tejada missed a 36-yard field goal.

Will the Defenses Show Up Today at the Cotton Bowl?

DALLAS - Will Arkansas run wild in the Cotton Bowl? Or will Missouri Chase down the Razorbacks?

While Arkansas is trying to persevere through the turmoil of the past month with a victory in the Cotton Bowl, Missouri is attempting to rebound from its disappointing loss in the Big 12 Conference Championship to Oklahoma.

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November 23, 2007

Tigers' title dreams gone

BATON ROUGE, La. - Following Friday's game, just outside the LSU locker room, senior quarterback Matt Flynn was seen crying on a coach's shoulder.

Such strong, public displays of emotion are few and far between in football.

But after the way Flynn ended his home finale at LSU, his outburst of emotion seems justified.

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The answer is yes, but...

BATON ROUGE, La. - Brandon LaFell caught a touchdown pass, but Matt Flynn threw an interception on the two-point conversion and Arkansas has beaten No. 1 LSU, 50-48

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Arkansas scores ... can LSU respond?

BATON ROUGE, La. - Peyton Hillis just scored for the Razorbacks, and Felix Jones carried the ball in on the right side to make the two-point conversion.

Arkansas leads LSU, 50-42. LSU's offense is taking the field.

Hester in...

BATON ROUGE, La. - Jacob Hester put his head down and dashed into the endzone to tie the score at 42.

LSU and Arkansas are now heading into the third overtime. In NCAA football, beginning with the third overtime teams must attempt two-point conversions. Extra points are not allowed.

Arkansas has chosen to go on offense first for the third overtime. LSU has chosen to defend the north endzone.

Arkansas not playing around

BATON ROUGE, La. - It took Arkansas only two plays to get into the endzone in the second overtime.

Darren McFadden put the Hogs up 42-35 with a 9-yard run.

Hogs strike second

BATON ROUGE, La. - Arkansas' Peyton Hillis caught a 10-yard pass from quarterback Casey Dick to tie LSU at 35.

Arkansas was hampered by two penalties on their first overtime possession but battled through to keep the game alive.

For the second overtime, LSU has chosen to go on defense first. The teams will play on the south end of Tiger Stadium, away from the LSU student section.

Tigers strike first

BATON ROUGE, La. - Matt Flynn ran into the locker room just after the end of regulation with some sort of equipment problem, but returned just as the Tigers went into the huddle to begin overtime.

Arkansas won the coin toss and deferred. LSU has the ball first to start overtime.

On the third play, Flynn ran 12 yards into the endzone for a touchdown.

Overtime in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. - Arkansas just missed on a fourth down opportunity in LSU territory and gave the ball back to LSU with three seconds left in the game.

Matt Flynn's Hail Mary attempt was unsucessful, and the game is now headed to overtime.

Tigers score ... twice

BATON ROUGE, La. - Matt Flynn just dashed two yards into the endzone, but Arkansas called a timeout just before the ball was snapped.

On the next play, Flynn threw a touchdown pass to Demetrius Byrd. The score is now tied at 28 with 57 seconds remaining in the game.

LSU driving...

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Tigers have just broken into Arkansas territory with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

Matt Flynn threw a pass to Early Doucet, which was deflected and landed in the hands of tight end Richard Dickson, who ran 35 yards down to the 8-yard line.

LSU now has third-and-goal from the 6-yard line. The Tigers have just taken their first timeout of the half with 1:10 left in the game.

Hogs ahead again

BATON ROUGE, La. - Things aren't looking good for the LSU Tigers.

Arkansas just took the lead with a 24-yard pass from Darren McFadden to Peyton Hillis.

The Tigers last drive looked promising but was stalled by two crucial penalties that took away a touchdown and a first down. They were forced to punt, and the Razorbacks went 72 yards on six plays on the ensuing possession.

There are less than five minutes remaining in the game.

Tigers, Hogs scoreless so far in fourth

BATON ROUGE, La. - After a huge increase in offensive output toward the end of the third quarter, points have been slow to come by for both LSU and Arkansas in the final period.

The teams are still tied at 21. LSU had the ball first-and-10 at its own 39-yard line with 9:08 left in the game.

After a running play, Matt Flynn threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Hester, but the play was called back because the Tigers had an ineligible receiver downfield.

LSU has the ball second-and-8 on its own 41-yard line.

Back and Forth in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU has responded to an Arkansas touchdown yet again.

The No. 1 Tigers just drove 75 yards on 10 plays and tied the score at 21 with a 7-yard touchdown catch by Demetrius Byrd.

There are 2:22 left in the third quarter. The Tigers Stadium crowd is starting to come alive with cheers for the Tigers and jeers for the Razorbacks. The fans are finally realizing that a victory this afternoon may not that easy.

Offensive Explosion

BATON ROUGE, La. -Both LSU and Arkansas are making up for the lack of scoring done in the first half.

The Razorbacks just drove 83 yards on four plays to take the lead once again over No. 1 LSU, 21-14.

Fullback Peyton Hillis rushed 65 yards right through the middle of the Tigers' defense for the score.

Arkansas has outgained LSU on the ground, 255-92.

Tigers respond quickly

BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU's offense woke up on its second drive of the second half.

After the Razorbacks scored, Chad Jones returned the Arkansas kickoff to the LSU 49-yard line, and the Tigers' offense did the rest, driving 51 yards on nine plays to tie the game at 14.

Jacob Hester scored the LSU touchdown with a 12-yard run, and Matt Flynn dashed to the right corner of the endzone for a two-point conversion with 7:47 remaining in the third quarter.

Razorbacks score again

BATON ROUGE, La. - Darren McFadden just raced 73 yards down the left sideline for his second touchdown of the day, putting Arkansas up, 14-6.

The run put McFadden over the 100-yard mark for the game. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in nine of Arkansas' 12 games this season.

The Tigers' offense has looked slow and lethargic for most of the game. If they don't wake up soon, they can kiss their national championship dreams goodbye.

Not much scoring at half in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. - It may be good defense, or it may be bad offense.

But whatever "it" is, it's preventing points from being scoring in this afternoon's LSU-Arkansas matchup.

The Razorbacks lead the No. 1 Tigers at halftime, 7-6, but the way the teams got to that score has been anything but exciting.

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Razorbacks jump ahead

BATON ROUGE, La. - Arkansas just marched 97 yards down the field to take a 7-6 advantage over LSU.

The Razorbacks needed only nine plays to score the first touchdown of the game. Darren McFadden was responsible for putting the points on the board with a 16-yard scoring run right up the middle of the LSU defense.

There are 7:25 left in the first half.

Offensive struggles in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. - Neither LSU nor Arkansas has been able to put together anything on offense so far.

LSU has gotten relatively good field position throughout the game but has only mustered two field goals, one coming off a fumbled kickoff return by Darren McFadden.

The Arkansas rushing attack of McFadden and Felix Jones has looked average early on.

LSU leads 6-0 with 14:10 left in the first half.

David increases LSU lead

BATON ROUGE, La.- LSU hasn't gotten into the endzone yet, but points are points.

The Tigers' latest drive lasted 11 plays and went 41 yards. Colt David kicked a 49-yard field goal to put LSU up on Arkansas, 6-0.

The Razorbacks have run only three offensive plays so far in the first quarter.

McFadden fumbles again

BATON ROUGE, La. - After an LSU field goal put the Tigers up 3-0, Arkansas' Darren McFadden again fumbled the LSU kickoff.

This time, McFadden recovered his own fumble, the Razorbacks went three-and-out before punting to LSU.

11:47 left in the first quarter.

Early mistake costs Razorbacks

BATON ROUGE, La. - Darren McFadden fumbled the game's opening kickoff, and LSU recovered the ball on the Arkansas 25-yard line.

The Tigers picked up one first down on their opening possession, and Colt David kicked a 32-yard field goal to make the score 3-0 with 13:19 left in the first quarter.

Tigers' seniors honored before game

BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU just honored its 25 seniors before the final home game of the season against Arkansas.

The Tigers' departing class is the winningest class in LSU history. It includes players such as starting quarterback Matt Flynn, starting running back Jacob Hester, starting strong safety Craig Steltz and starting All-American defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.

Both teams have taken the field. Arkansas will receive the ball to start the game.

Tigers, Razorbacks square off in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU's conference and national championship hopes have almost become somewhat of an afterthought here over the past week.

Dominating the headlines and fan conversation has been the possibility of LSU coach Les Miles leaving the Tigers after the season to replace the recently retired Lloyd Carr at his beloved alma mater, Michigan.

But it seems the distractions have not affected the Tigers' preparations this week, mainly because they know their home finale against Arkansas this afternoon could be one of the toughest contests of the season.

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September 22, 2007

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.

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UK downs Arkansas, moves to 4-0

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Despite being down to its fourth string running back, and despite giving up 338 rushing yards, Kentucky defeated Arkansas 42-29 Saturday night at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Andre Woodson was the hero again for the Cats, leading three fourth quarter scoring drives, the first coming with the Cats trailing 29-21. He threw one touchdown and ran another one on those drives. For the second consecutive game, he's led the Cats to a fourth quarter comeback victory. He's had six in his UK career.

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Cats take over

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Kentucky's defense has given up 470 yards so far against Arkansas, 338 of them coming on the ground. But they've played spectacular in the second half, and they have the Cats on the doorstep of a 4-0 start.

UK just stopped Arkansas on a fourth down, and now they've scored again on an Andre Woodson run to take a 42-29 lead with 59 seconds left.

UK appears to be on its way to moving to 4-0 for the first time since 2002.

Woodson does it again

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- For the time being, Andre Woodson has done it again.

The senior quarterback for Kentucky just led the Cats on a six-play, 68-yard drive, capped off by a 32-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Burton. The Cats went for two, and again Woodson and Burton connected. UK now leads 35-29 with 4:02 left in the fourth quarter.

If it stands, it will be Woodson's second consecutive fourth quarter comeback and the sixth of his career. He's keeping up step-for-step with Arkansas' Darren McFadden for player of the game honors.

Cats within two

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Despite being down to their fourth string running back, Kentucky pulled to within 29-27 of Arkansas midway through the fourth quarter.

Behind the legs of that fourth string back, freshman Derrick Locke, UK now has a shot at taking the lead with less than six minutes left. After the score, the Cats went for two, but Andre Woodson was tackled on the quarterback draw.

UK's defense just forced a three-and-out, and the offense has the ball back at their 32-yard line.

OK, Darren's still here

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- It was only a matter of time before Arkansas' Darren McFadden broke open a big run.

Essentially contained from a big play so far, McFadden finally broke through with a 56-yard touchdown run to give the Razorbacks a 20-7 lead over Kentucky with less than seven minutes to go in the second quarter.

The Wildcats are driving near midfield.

Darren who?

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Darren who?

Arkansas' other running back Felix Jones ran across the field on a 73-yard run down to the UK six-yard line, but Darren McFadden was kept out of the end zone on three straight runs. The Hogs had to settle for a 20-yard field goal from Alex Tejada, his second of the day.

With 11:05 left in the second quarter, Arkansas leads Kentucky 13-7.

Dick throws pick

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Paul Warford chose a great time to intercept his first pass.

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Wildcats answer

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- We could be in for another 71-63 thriller between Arkansas and Kentucky.

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Arkansas on the board first

Arkansas kicker Alex Tejada nailed a 40-yard field goal to give the Razorbacks an early 3-0 lead.

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Steve Johnson starting

After catching the game-winning 57-yard touchdown against Louisville last week, wide receiver Steve Johnson was inserted into the starting lineup today. He replaces Dicky Lyons Jr.

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Pregame in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium is filling up, but hopefully the fans didn't have as difficult of a time as we did trying to make it into the game. It took the three of us from the Kernel about an hour to find, and settle into, the press area. It was clear we were from Lexington.
Anyway, to the game.

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September 16, 2007

Bye Bye from T-Town

TUSCALOOSA, Ala - Well, we had a white knuckler here in Tusclaoosa, with the Crimson Tide coming out on top.

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September 15, 2007

Crimson nation is happy

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - There were no game defining missed field goals. There were no, “should we go for it?” moments. There were no "deer in the headlights" looks coming from the Alabama sidelines.

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We have a game

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - I'd hate to be in the Alabama locker room following this game.

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Getting tight

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Nothing like a turnover to create a little drama.

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Tiffin hits

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Last season, Alabama kicker Leigh Tiffin was considered the goat against Arkansas.

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Swarming defense

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Nick Saban has maintained that he wants his defense to have an aggressive ball-hawking nature.

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Hello from Sabanville

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Greetings from the druid city, more commonly known to college football folk as Tuscaloosa.

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