Familiar ending for Hogs, this time in Baton Rouge, 33-10
Arkansas kept it close for a half, but big second-half plays helped LSU pull away for a 33-10 victory Saturday at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge (La.).
Derrius Guice ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns, and D.J. Chark caught four passes for 130 yards and two more scores as the Tigers out-scored the Razorbacks 26-3 in the second half.
Austin Allen got the start at quarterback for the Hogs and completed 13 of 23 for 140 yards. David Williams led the Razorbacks in rushing with 13 carries for 80 yards, while Devwah Whaley rushed 12 times for 51 yards and one-yard touchdown plunge in the second quarter.
Allen was pulled from action midway through the fourth quarter. Cole Kelley came on to go 3 of 10 for 36 yards and an interception with the game well decided.
“He’d been out four weeks really, and you never know how they’re going to respond,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. “The way it unfolded, we knew Cole wasn’t going to be able to go and it allowed us all week to prepare him as the starter.”
Jeremy Patton was Arkansas' leading receiver with four catches for 44 yards. Fellow tight end Will Gragg had the best game of his career with three grabs for 47 yards.
The Razorbacks punted on their first five possessions but found life just before halftime. They went 86 yards on 10 plays in 5:06 to knot the game at 7-7 heading into the break.
LSU came out of half with a 75-yard scoring drive, capped off by a 6-yard touchdown rush by Guice to make it 13-7, Tigers. LSU kicker Connor Culp, who missed a field goal on the Tigers' second drive of the game, missed the ensuing extra point.
He went on to miss another one later in the third quarter before being replaced by Jack Gonsoulin.
"In the second half, we can't come out and give up a touchdown that fast," Arkansas safety Santos Ramirez said. "We made some adjustments, we got a stop, but as a team we didn't fight for four quarters. That's the moral of the story.
"It looked like we just gave up at the end, and the scoreboard showed it."
Connor Limpert kept things interesting with a 38-yard field goal to make it 13-10, LSU, at the 6:22 mark of the third quarter, but Guice answered with a 33-yard touchdown run less than two minutes later to push the Tigers' lead to 19-10.
Chark, whose 45-yard touchdown strike in the first quarter got the Tigers on the board first, added a 68-yard score to start the fourth quarter and make it a 26-10 game. Guice's third touchdown run, from one yard out with 3:46 remaining, put the game well out of reach at 33-10.
“At some point there’s going to be a positive to it, whether it’s next week or next month or whatever it is. They have to take these hard things to swallow and come out with a better day in the end," Bielema said.
Cheyenne O’Grady tried to run earlier in the week and wasn’t able to go full go.
Dee Walker had a shoulder injury.
Hjalte Froholdt was X-rayed a couple of times but they came back negative.
Austin Cantrell couldn’t go at the speed they needed after he went down.
Ty Clary appears to have an MCL strain.
De’Andre Coley still isn’t quite there yet, either, from his ankle injury.
Cole Kelley’s foot was pretty discolored after the game and had significant turf toe.
They knew from Sunday forward that Allen was the starter. He took half the reps on Wednesday but couldn’t go Thursday or Friday.
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