Scores

Final

(10) South Carolina 28

(7-2, 5-2 SEC)

(8) Arkansas 44

(8-1, 4-1 SEC)

Coverage: ESPN

7:15 PM ET, November 5, 2011

Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR

1 2 3 4 T
#10SC 7 7 7 728
#8ARK 10 14 6 1444

Top Performers

Passing: T. Wilson (ARK) - 299 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Shaw (SC) - 14 CAR, 24 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Wright (ARK) - 4 REC, 103 YDS, 2 TD

Two late TD runs help Arkansas pull away from South Carolina

Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas still knows how to finish in the second half.

The Razorbacks (No. 7 BCS, No. 8 AP) finally put a solid first-half effort ahead of that on Saturday night.

Tyler Wilson threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns to Jarius Wright, and Dennis Johnson added a 98-yard kickoff return as Arkansas pulled away late for a 44-28 win over South Carolina (No. 9 BCS, No. 10 AP).

The Razorbacks (8-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) entered the game having been outscored 87-59 in the first half of their last four games. They had rallied in the second half of each for wins, but they had no such slow start against the Gamecocks (7-2, 5-2).

Arkansas led 24-14 at halftime, holding South Carolina to 49 yards of total offense in the first half. The Razorbacks then overcame several offensive miscues in the second half and a challenge from the Gamecocks to win their fifth straight and keep their hopes of a return trip to a BCS bowl game alive.

"I think it gives us some credibility moving forward," Wilson said. "We've got Tennessee next week, and it will be right out here."

Arkansas outgained the Gamecocks 435-207 in total yardage, but a pair of missed field goals and key dropped passes kept the Razorbacks from taking control early. South Carolina pulled within 30-28 early in the fourth quarter on a touchdown run by quarterback Connor Shaw.

Shaw, playing in his third game since former South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia was dismissed from the team, struggled throughout against a Razorbacks defense that had five sacks. The sophomore was finally knocked out of the game late with what Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier called a concussion after Arkansas' Jake Bequette sacked him for the third time.

The Gamecocks had scored 14 points in each of their last two games, both wins, and they continued to struggle offensively against the Razorbacks -- gaining only 49 yards on 25 plays at halftime.

"Arkansas played very well, and they were a lot better than we were tonight certainly, on offense, defense and special teams," South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said.

Despite the troubles, South Carolina stayed within striking distance thanks to big plays and Arkansas' own offensive woes. Devin Taylor had a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown to give the Gamecocks a 14-10 lead early in the second quarter, and Shaw had a pair of second-half touchdown runs.

Shaw led South Carolina with 24 yards rushing on 14 carries. Freshman running back Brandon Wilds, who had 137 yards last week in his first start following a season-ending injury to Marcus Lattimore, was held to 21 yards on 10 carries.

"They just had a good defense," Wilds said. "They did a lot of slanting, so it was just good defense."

Arkansas moved the ball consistently against the SEC's third-best defense, but it continually bogged down near the goal line. The Razorbacks were held to five field goal attempts, and kicker Zach Hocker missed a pair in the first half. His second miss was with four seconds remaining in the half, and it followed a dropped pass in the end zone by Arkansas' Cobi Hamilton.

Still, after trailing 14-10, the normally slow-starting Razorbacks likely weren't complaining too much about the 24-14 halftime lead.

"We didn't start as fast as we would like it," Wright said. "It was good to get out there and start a little bit faster than usual."

Wilson answered Taylor's interception return with a 68-yard touchdown pass to Wright on Arkansas' first play following the South Carolina score to go up 17-14. The interception was the first Wilson had thrown after 184 attempts, a school record. He later found Wright again for a 16-yard touchdown before halftime.

It was the second time the Razorbacks answered a Gamecocks' score on the first play. The first came when Johnson followed Wild's first-quarter touchdown run with his kickoff return. It was Johnson's third kickoff return for a touchdown of his career, his first since the opening game of the 2009 season against Missouri State.

"Even when we threw the interception for a touchdown, we came out the next play and answered with a big touchdown," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. "So that's what you have to do as an offense, is be able to answer whenever they get a touchdown, a field goal or whatever it is.

"You have to come back and answer and respond in a positive way, and our guys did that all night long."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SC
ARK
1st Downs1720
Total Yards207435
Passing128299
Rushing79136
Penalties9-459-60
3rd Down Conversions8-125-15
4th Down Conversions0-01-3
Turnovers41
Possession29:0530:55

Passing Leaders

South CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Shaw16/251285.101
ArkansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wilson20/372998.121

Rushing Leaders

South CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Shaw14241.7212
Wilds10212.119
ArkansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson15865.7017
Green14322.319

Receiving Leaders

South CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders33010.0020
Miles23015.0023
ArkansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wright410325.8268
Adams46315.8039

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSCARK
FG11:33Zach Hocker 44 Yd 03
TD02:28Brandon Wilds 4 Yd Run (Jay Wooten Kick) 73
TD02:13Dennis Johnson 98 Yd Kickoff Return (Zach Hocker Kick) 710
SECOND QUARTERSCARK
TD13:04Devin Taylor 48 Yd Interception Return (Jay Wooten Kick) 1410
TD12:49Jarius Wright 68 Yd Pass From Tyler Wilson (Zach Hocker Kick) 1417
TD04:11Jarius Wright 16 Yd Pass From Tyler Wilson (Zach Hocker Kick) 1424
THIRD QUARTERSCARK
TD10:50Connor Shaw 9 Yd Run (Jay Wooten Kick) 2124
FG07:47Zach Hocker 21 Yd 2127
FG01:17Zach Hocker 25 Yd 2130
FOURTH QUARTERSCARK
TD10:30Connor Shaw 1 Yd Run (Jay Wooten Kick) 2830
TD08:09Ronnie Wingo Jr. 4 Yd Run (Zach Hocker Kick) 2837
TD04:07Broderick Green 1 Yd Run (Zach Hocker Kick) 2844