Scores

Final

(5) LSU 23

(10-2, 6-2 SEC)

(12) Arkansas 31

(10-2, 6-2 SEC)

Coverage: CBS

3:30 PM ET, November 27, 2010

War Memorial Stadium, LITTLE ROCK, AR

1 2 3 4 T
#5LSU 0 14 6 323
#12ARK 7 14 0 1031

Top Performers

Passing: R. Mallett (ARK) - 320 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: K. Davis (ARK) - 30 CAR, 152 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Hamilton (ARK) - 3 REC, 164 YDS, 2 TD

Ryan Mallett's 3 TDs lead Razorbacks to upset of LSU

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Bobby Petrino saved his toughest call for Arkansas' biggest game of the season.

Petrino went for it on fourth-and-3 in the fourth quarter on Saturday and Ryan Mallett made the move pay off with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Joe Adams. The play paved the way for the No. 12 Razorbacks' 31-23 win over LSU (No. 5 BCS, No. 6 AP), and it kept alive Arkansas' chances for the school's first BCS bowl bid.

"We didn't come to paint," Petrino said. "We came to win the game."

The Razorbacks (10-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) led 21-20 early in the fourth quarter when their drive appeared to stall at the LSU 39. After a timeout, Adams lined up in the left slot and used a stop-and-go move to get behind Tigers' defender Tyrann Mathieu.

Mallett, who threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns, lofted the ball perfectly over Mathieu to Adams for the touchdown. The play gave the Razorbacks a 28-20 lead, one they held onto thanks to a dominant running game that featured 153 yards rushing by Knile Davis against the SEC's top defense.

"It's a play we've been working on since LSU last year," Mallett said. "I could have checked out of that play, but it was man coverage and Joe made a great play to make his man miss."

Arkansas finishes second in the SEC West and could be on its way to the Sugar Bowl. The Razorbacks likely still need Auburn to win the SEC championship next week against South Carolina, but losses by Alabama and Boise State on Friday helped its case.

Mallett finished 13 of 23 passing and had touchdown passes of 85 and 80 yards in the first half. He broke the school record for career touchdown passes with an 85-yard bullet to Cobi Hamilton in the second quarter, topping Clint Stoerner's 57. Mallett now has 60 touchdown passes in two seasons at Arkansas, which has won six straight after a loss at No. 2 Auburn on Oct. 16.

The 80-yard touchdown pass was also to Hamilton, and it came on the final play of the first half. It was the first play of a drive that Arkansas started after an LSU punt with 6 seconds remaining before halftime, and it gave the Razorbacks a 21-14 lead.

"I would have liked to have had the [field goal] before the half, and who would have thought they would hit the long ball like they did for the score," LSU coach Les Miles said. "Certainly not I."

The Tigers (10-2, 6-2) never led against the Razorbacks and were outgained 464-294. Jordan Jefferson passed for 184 yards and ran for 34 yards, but LSU's inconsistent season on offense continued.

Josh Jasper hit a pair of third-quarter field goals to cut Arkansas' lead to 21-20 for LSU, which appears to have squandered its BCS chances with the loss.

The second of the two field goals came after the Tigers started a drive at the Arkansas 9 following a fumble by Razorbacks punter Dylan Breeding.

After Adams' touchdown, the Razorbacks added to their lead by controlling the game on the ground. Zach Hocker's 19-yard field goal put Arkansas up 31-20 in the fourth quarter, and it capped a 13-play drive that featured 10 runs for 74 yards.

LSU pulled within 31-23 on Jasper's 36-yard field goal with 1 minute, 58 seconds remaining, and the Tigers got the ball back with less than a minute remaining. However, Arkansas' Andru Stewart sacked Jefferson on second down at the LSU 1 and forced a fumble, which Jerry Franklin recovered for the Razorbacks to secure the victory.

"I'm not happy," Miles said. "It's not how it was supposed to end for us."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
LSU
ARK
1st Downs1519
Total Yards294464
Passing194320
Rushing100144
Penalties7-512-17
3rd Down Conversions4-163-13
4th Down Conversions1-11-2
Turnovers32
Possession28:4731:13

Passing Leaders

LSUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jefferson16/271846.800
ArkansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mallett13/2332013.932

Rushing Leaders

LSUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ridley17754.4220
Jefferson14342.4013
ArkansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Davis301525.1114
Green6294.8010

Receiving Leaders

LSURECYDSAVGTDLG
Toliver34113.7032
Boone24020.0024
ArkansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hamilton316454.7285
Wright46817.0037

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERLSUARK
TD02:30Knile Davis 14 Yd Run (Zach Hocker Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERLSUARK
TD11:52Stevan Ridley 5 Yd Run (Josh Jasper Kick) 77
TD06:52Cobi Hamilton 85 Yd Pass From Ryan Mallett (Zach Hocker Kick) 714
TD02:20Stevan Ridley 3 Yd Run (Josh Jasper Kick) 1414
TD00:00Cobi Hamilton 80 Yd Pass From Ryan Mallett (Zach Hocker Kick) 1421
THIRD QUARTERLSUARK
FG10:39Josh Jasper 46 Yd 1721
FG07:52Josh Jasper 20 Yd 2021
FOURTH QUARTERLSUARK
TD14:10Joe Adams 39 Yd Pass From Ryan Mallett (Zach Hocker Kick) 2028
FG06:09Zach Hocker 19 Yd 2031
FG01:58Josh Jasper 36 Yd 2331