Two-Minute Drill: Ole Miss 30, Arkansas 17

by Chris Bahn  on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 3:46 pm  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

OLE MISS 30, ARKANSAS 17

WHY ARKANSAS LOST In every sense of the word, Arkansas got whipped. Ole Miss established its dominance on the offensive and defensive lines and the Razorbacks never matched. Beyond that, the Razorbacks dropped what appeared to be 10 passes. They allowed touchdowns of 25 and 64 yards, plus an assortment of other big plays thanks to missed tackles.

GAME CHANGER
Folks in Oxford had been wondering where Dexter McCluster was.

Apparently, he'd been saving himself for Arkansas. McCluster ran for 123 yards on 22 carries. He caught 7 passes for 137 yards and 1 touchdown, totaling 260 yards of total offense. McCluster's 65-yard touchdown turned a 17-10 game into a 24-10 contest with 6:28 remaining, killing Arkansas chances.

McCluster had 1,280 yards of total offense as a junior. He entered Saturday's game with 362 yards and two touchdowns.

DOWN ON THIRD DOWN
It's bad enough that Arkansas continued its struggles to covert on third down. The Razorbacks were just 4 of 13.

Meanwhile, Ole Miss was 9 of 15 (60 percent).

That third down disparity best illustrates the difference between the two teams on Saturday. Ole Miss found ways to move the ball, often by dominating the line of scrimmage, while Arkansas seemed to caught off guard by how physical the game was.

THAT KIND OF DAY
How bad were things for the Razorbacks?

Alex Tejada bounced a career-long, 52-yard field goal across the crossbar and the Razorbacks seemingly pull within 27-20. Instead, they're flagged for delay of game and Dylan Breeding followed up with a 17-yard punt.

Arkansas did get a season-long 44-yarder from Tejada. It was his first make of more than 40 yards since 2007, his freshman season.

Tejada missed two field goals in last week's 23-20 loss at Florida.

HE'LL TAKE IT
Right place, right time can do wonders for a guy.

 

 

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