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Arkansas Game Notes vs. Vanderbilt

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Game Notes vs. Vanderbilt

· Saturday’s game marked the 100th for ninth-year head coach Houston Nutt at Arkansas. He is just the third coach at UA to coach 100 games for the Razorbacks. Through 100 games, his Arkansas record is 59-41. Overall in 14 years, Nutt is 95-63.

· Since joining the SEC in 1992, Arkansas is 9-6 in SEC openers. The Razorbacks are 5-4 in conference openers under Houston Nutt.

· Arkansas’ trip to Nashville was its first since 1995 when the Razorbacks won, 35-7.

· The road victory marked the second in the last three tries away from home for the Razorbacks. Arkansas defeated Ole Miss in Oxford last season before dropping a decision to LSU in the 2005 season finale. Saturday’s game at Vanderbilt was Arkansas’ first road game of the 2006 season.

· Arkansas’ touchdown on its first possession extended UA’s streak of consecutive games scored to 124, which is just one short of the school record. The record of 125 games was set from 1973-83. UA’s current streak began in 1995.

· Marcus Monk’s nine-yard reception on Arkansas’ first play from scrimmage extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 25, which ties for 11th-longest in the nation. Monk has at least once reception in every game of his career.

· Monk’s 56-yard touchdown reception on Arkansas’ opening possession is a career-long reception for the junior. He had a 55-yarder last year at LSU.

· Monk finished with five receptions for 119 yards, a career-high for yardage in a game. The game marks the first 100-yard outing of his career.

· Mitch Mustain’s 56-yard TD pass to Monk is a career-long pass for the freshman. The 56-yard pass is the longest of the season for Arkansas and longer than any UA completion in 2005. The longest last season was Monk’s 56-yarder.

· Jeremy Davis’ successful PAT following UA’s first touchdown was the first of his career. Davis punted in six games in 2004, averaging 39.2 on 25 punts, but did not attempt a punt or a kick in 2005.

· Brian Vavra’s touchback on the kickoff following Arkansas’ first score was his first of the season.

· Jeremy Davis’ 44-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter was his first attempt and it was good, but a motion penalty wiped out the kick.

· London Crawford’s two receptions for 45 yards were the first of his career, including a 41-yarder in the third quarter. His first-half rush for one yard and 17-yard kickoff return in the second half were also career firsts.

· Ben Cleveland’s 15-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was the first of his career. His first TD came on just the third reception of his career. Cleveland’s three receptions this season match last year’s season-bests for UA’s tight ends. Mason Templeton and Jared Hicks each had three catches in 2005.

· Mustain threw three TD passes in the game, the first for an Arkansas quarterback since last season when Casey Dick had three at Ole Miss. The three scoring passes in a game tie for the sixth-best single-game effort in school history.

· Mustain’s third scoring pass of the game, the 15-yarder to Ben Cleveland, capped a seven-play, 93-yard drive. The drive was the longest of the season for the Razorbacks.

· Jacob Skinner punted five times for a 42.6 averaged. He had only one returned for one yard. For the year, opponents have returned only two punts this season for zero yards.



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