Live Game Blog: Arkansas vs. Mississippi State at Little Rock, Nov. 19

by Jim Harris  on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 2:48 pm  

A sellout crowd greets the Hogs and Bulldogs at War Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Jim Harris)

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Arkansas begin is national attention-getting week with the first of two games on CBS' national television coverage. The Hogs play Mississippi State at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, trying to reach 10 wins for the second straight season.

Of course, the Hogs face No. 1 LSU in Baton Rouge next Friday.

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Here we go:

6:50 p.m. 44-17 Arkansas, final — Did you miss me? The fourth quarter became so monotonous as the Hogs ground Mississippi State into the fake turf, I went ahead and hit the sidelines to feel the fever, so to speak.

Broderick Green scored another TD as his Little Rock playing career wound down, and he saluted the crowd after his 2-yard run through right end. That moved the Hogs out to 44-10, a pretty convincing score for the poll voters, if you ask me.

Arkansas' starters on defense crushed backup quarterback Dylan Favre on a previous drive into Hog territory, and the Razorbacks defensive coaches let off the gas and brought in the reserves who finally gave in and surrendered a Bulldogs' score with 15 seconds left, on fourth down. Favre threw a 13-yard pass to Malcolm Johnson, who beat safety Elton Ford to the right side of the end zone.

Those weekly college football poll voters shouldn't mind that, just as they shouldn't make a big deal over a team that plunders a weak opponent for 50-plus points. It's pretty obvious Arkansas held a few red-zone plays in reserve in settling for field goals late, or the Hogs could have hung half-a-hundred as well going for the attention-grabbing score.

I saw this one as a 28-14 game; thought MSU's defense would be stout enough to stop the Hogs' offense a few more times than it did. So a 44-17 romp seems pretty convincing, if I had a vote.

MSU was seriously lacking in the offensive department, particularly up front. That's been the Bulldogs' problem all year in trying to recapture last year's magic that led to a Jan. 1 bowl wipeout of Michigan. The Bulldogs managed just 84 yards rushing on 32 attempts (2.6 per carry) and 121 yards passing on 15-of-31 throws from the tandem of Tyler Russell and Favre. Arkansas surrendered just 3.3 yards per play.

The Razorbacks, meanwhile, rolled to 6.4 yards per play, mainly by passing 45 times and running 39 times — balance, for the most part, under Petrino. Arkansas had 539 yards of total offense, 166 yards rushing and 373 yards passing.



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