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Arkansas Post-Game Notes

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Post-Game Notes

Arkansas is now 3-11 all-time when facing the No. 1-ranked team in the country. The

USC game is the first for the Razorbacks against the nation’s top-ranked team since 1998

when UA lost at Tennessee, 28-24.

USC leads the series 3-1 with the first three games being played from 1972-74.

Arkansas entered the game with the top-ranked rushing offense in the nation, averaging

338.5 yards per game. UA ran for 483 against Missouri State, 194 against Vanderbilt and

197 against the Trojans.

Felix Jones started at tailback, the first start of his career and the third starting tailback for

the Hogs in three games. De’Arrius Howard started the opener and Peyton Hillis started

against Vanderbilt.

Jacob Skinner’s first punt of the game was downed at the USC six. He finished the game

with seven punts for a 41.0-yard average with two downed inside the 20. He now has five

punts downed inside the 20 for the year in 14 attempts. Last year, he had 16 of 52 punts

downed inside the 20.

Felix Jones’ 67-yard kickoff return in the first quarter is the longest for Arkansas since

Lawrence Richardson had a 98-yard return against Weber State in 2001.

Guard Zac Tubbs and tight end Wes Murphy saw action for Arkansas for the first time

this season. Each player got in during the first quarter.

The Trojans scored 28 points in the first quarter, the first time UA allowed 28 in a quarter

since the second quarter at Florida last year.

USC led 42-10 at the half, the most points Arkansas has allowed in a half since the first

half at Tennessee on Nov. 11, 2000, when the Volunteers led 42-14 at the break in a 63-

20 setback.

The 70 points USC scored are the most Arkansas has allowed since Oct. 19, 1918, when

Arkansas lost 103-0 to Oklahoma.

Southern California’s 736 yards of total offense are the most Arkansas has ever allowed.

The previous best for an opponent was 613 by Houston in 1990.

Arkansas’ 15-play, 66-yard drive which resulted in Crhis Balseiro’s 31-yard field goal

took 6:22, almost three minutes longer than UA’s previous longest time of possession

(3:31 against Missouri State).

Starting right guard Jonathan Luigs suffered a sprained ankle in the first half and was not

expected to return.

UA quarterback Robert Johnson left the game in the second quarter with a sore back and

was not expected to return. Alex Mortensen took over in the second period. In the fourth

quarter, Mortensen threw his first career touchdown pass, a five-yarder to Marcus Monk.

Marcus Monk had two touchdown receptions, the second two-TD game of his career. He

had a pair of touchdown catches last year against Louisiana-Monroe.

Felix Jones accounted for 224 yards of all-purpose running against the Trojans, a seasonhigh

for the Razorbacks. Jones had 147 yards on four kickoff returns, 66 on 12 rushes and

11 on one reception. Jones held the previous high with 180 against Missouri State.



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