Columbia, S.C. – The Arkansas Razorbacks used a stingy defense that limited South Carolina to less than 250 yards total offense to come away with a 23-0 victory over the Gamecocks Saturday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium.The victory lifted Arkansas to 6-3 overall and 3-3 in the Southeastern Conference. South Carolina fell to 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the SEC with the loss. With their win, the Razorbacks are now bowl eligible.
The Hogs’ 23-0 victory was its first shutout road win of an SEC team ever and the second consecutive shutout win of the year. Arkansas blanked Troy State 23-0 last weekend in Little Rock.
Arkansas amassed 313 yards in total offense, with 200 yards coming from the ground game and 113 via the passing attack.
Tailback Fred Talley led all rushers with 77 yards on 18 carries, while De’Arrius Howard had 69 yards on 10 carries.
Matt Jones completed 10-of-18 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. George Wilson led the Hogs with three catches for 18 including a touchdown reception. Carlos Ousley led all receivers with 47 yards on one catch and one TD.
South Carolina ran for 144 yards in the game, while throwing for 89 yards. Kenny Irons led the Gamecocks with 32 yards rushing on three carries.
Quarterback Corey Jenkins ran for 29 yards on 10 carries while completing 10-of-23 passes for 79 yards with two interceptions.
The Gamecocks missed the first scoring opportunity of the game. South Carolina took the opening kickoff and held the ball for more than seven minutes, driving into Arkansas territory.
South Carolina kicker Daniel Weaver missed a 42-yard field goal to set the Hogs up at their 25-yard line with 7:17 left in the first quarter. Arkansas drove the ball to the South Carolina 42-yard line before being forced to punt.
Gavin Walls made the first break of the day for the Razorbacks when he intercepted a Corey Jenkins shovel pass at the South Carolina 27-yard line.
From there, Jason Peters hauled in a 22-yard pass from Matt Jones to put the ball inside the Carolina five-yard line. Three plays later, Jones hit George Wilson in the end zone for the Arkansas score. The extra-point was good to give the Hogs a 7-0 lead.
Halfway through the second quarter the Razorbacks extended their lead to 10-0 on David Carlton’s 43-yard field goal. The score capped a nine-play, 34-yard drive that took nearly four minutes off the clock.
Neither team scored during the final eight minutes of the first half as the Razorbacks held their 10-point lead at intermission.
The Razorbacks took advantage of another South Carolina miscue to pad its lead. On the first possession of the second half Arkansas was forced to punt, but a roughing the kicker call against South Carolina gave the Hogs an automatic first down.
On third-and-seven, Jones hit Carlos Ousley on a 47-yard touchdown strike to give Arkansas a 17-0 lead. The score capped a six-play, 72-yard drive to begin the second half. The catch and score were both career firsts for Ousley.
Early in the fourth quarter the Razorbacks increased their lead to 20-0 following a 27-yard field goal by Carlton. It was Carlton’s second field goal of the day and it capped a five-play, 17-yard drive.
Lawrence Richardson put the Hogs in business after he intercepted a Jenkins pass and returned it to the South Carolina 11-yard line. The Gamecocks kept the Hogs out of the end zone and forced a 22-yard field goal by Carlton, giving him three on the day.
Carlton’s three-pointer made it 23-0 in favor of the Hogs with 9:13 left in the game.
Arkansas takes a break for SEC play with a non-conference tilt against Louisiana-Lafayette next Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. The game is slated for a 1 p.m. start.