Tuesday, December 12, 2017

'Backs finally find OT magic

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Time and again in three seasons under coach Bret Bielema, Arkansas has struggled in the fourth quarter and overtime.

The Razorbacks saved their most dramatic win for their longest game yet under Bielema, holding on in the end for a thrilling 54-46 win over Auburn in quadruple overtime Saturday.

It was a back-and-forth game full of lead changes and big plays, the last of which was Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen's 25-yard touchdown pass to Drew Morgan on the opening play of the fourth extra period.

After a 2-point conversion pass by Allen to Jeremy Sprinkle, the Razorbacks' defense finally found a way to stop the Tigers when it mattered most, earning Bielema his first win over former Arkansas offensive coordinator and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn in three games.

The win kept Arkansas' bowl hopes alive, doing so in the longest game in major college football this season, STATS said.

"I told our players after the game, 'You took that a little to the extreme,' " Bielema said.

"Everybody else always worries about how you are going to bring them back, or how are they going to respond or are they going to be able to persevere. They're just so resilient."

Alex Collins led the Razorbacks with 105 yards rushing and a touchdown on 25 carries, topping 100 yards for the fourth time in five games.

It was Morgan, however, who took Allen's first pass of the fourth overtime in the right flat and sprinted up the sideline before diving into the end zone for the eventual winner. The touchdown was Morgan's second in the four overtimes, Arkansas' longest game since a triple-overtime win over Kentucky in 2003.

"It really reminded me when I was a kid, watching Arkansas go into a bunch of seven-overtime games and pulling those out at the end," Allen said. "So, once we got past the first one, I felt like, 'Okay, we're going to win this no matter how many it takes.' "

NO. 5 LSU 48, W. KENTUCKY 20: Brandon Harris passed for a career-high 286 yards, with two of his three scoring passes going for more than 50 yards for the host Tigers.

Leonard Fournette ran for 150 yards and a short touchdown on a soggy field, giving him 1,352 yards rushing and 15 TDs this season.

The Hilltoppers got as close as 17-13 on Brandon Doughty's 39-yard touchdown pass to Antwane Grant in the third quarter, but LSU scored the next 17.

The Tigers get a bye next week before a Nov. 7 SEC West showdown at Alabama.

NO. 8 ALABAMA 19, TENNESSEE 14: Derrick Henry's 14-yard touchdown run with 2:24 left rescued the host Crimson Tide, which barely averted a significant upset.

Alabama's aggressive defense recorded two straight sacks and Ryan Anderson knocked the ball loose from Joshua Dobbs to preserve the win.

Alabama got plenty of help, with the Volunteers missing three long field-goal attempts.

Tennessee, a 15-point underdog, took the lead on Jalen Hurd's 12-yard scoring run with 5:49 left. Crimson Tide quarterback Jake Coker, an FSU transfer, got bailed out by athletic catches from ArDarius Stewart and Calvin Ridley before turning it over to Henry.

"Every loss is painful because you invest so much in it and everyone talked about the culture," Vols coach Butch Jones said. "We believed that we were going to win the football game coming here and we came up short."

NO. 24 OLE MISS 23, NO. 15 TEXAS A&M 3: Chad Kelly threw for 241 yards and two touchdowns, and the host Rebels used a dominant defense to bounce back from last week's loss to Memphis.

Laquon Treadwell caught five passes for 102 yards and a touchdown, and Jaylen Walton ran for 97 yards.

The Aggies have lost two straight. Sophomore Kyle Allen completed just 12 of 34 passes for 88 yards before being replaced by Jake Hubenak early in the fourth quarter.

VANDY 10, MISSOURI 3: Ralph Webb rushed for 99 yards and scored the game's only touchdown, leading Commodores coach Derek Mason to his first conference win. Host Vanderbilt was powered by a defense that held the Tigers to 188 total yards and 10 first downs. Missouri lost its third straight.

MISS. ST. 42, KENTUCKY 16: Dak Prescott threw for three touchdowns and ran for three to lead the host Bulldogs. The quarterback had 348 yards passing and 117 rushing.


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