Missouri State at Arkansas
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006
Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium – Fayetteville, Ark.
Arkansas Game Notes vs. Southeast Missouri State
· Saturday’s game between the Razorbacks and Redhawks is the second meeting between the two schools and the first in 100 years.
· Arkansas has now won five straight games. It marks the longest winning streak for the Hogs since a six-game streak in 2002.
· Today’s attendance of 72,452 is the eighth-largest crowd in school history.
· The Razorbacks 42-first-half points is the most in a half since Arkansas scored 42 against New Mexico State on Sept. 4, 2004, at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Arkansas led that game 42-7 at the half. Current Redhawks’ head coach Tony Samuel was the head coach for the Aggies for that game. The Hogs scored 41 points in the first half last season against Mississippi State in Little Rock.
· Arkansas’ 63-point total against Southeast Missouri State is the second time in three years the Hogs have put 60+ points on the scoreboard.
· Arkansas is now 49-32-4 all time in Homecoming games. Houston Nutt is now 6-3 on Homecoming.
· Keith Jackson recorded the first interception in the second quarter. The 296-pound senior then rumbled 69-yards for a touchdown.
· Jackson’s performance also earned the senior from Little Rock the Cripp Hall Award given to the senior with the best Homecoming game.
· Arkansas won the turnover battle for the first time this season. The Hogs forced three turnovers – all interceptions, while losing only one fumble.
· Darren McFadden’s two rushing touchdowns matched a career high and marked the sixth career game he has rushed for multiple touchdowns. He finished with 71 yards rushing on just six attempts for an 11.8-yard average.
· Arkansas played three quarterbacks in today’s game, Mitch Mustain, Casey Dick and Clark Irwin. The trio combined for 13 of 23 with no interceptions and 149 yards.
· Casey Dick tossed his first touchdown of the season in the third quarter with a six-yard pass to Chris Baker. It was the first touchdown for Baker since Oct. 16, 2004, at Auburn.
· Felix Jones’ 85-yard touchdown run in the second quarter equaled the fourth-longest touchdown run in school history, tying Aubrey Fowler (1946). It was the longest TD run since Ben Cowins 89-yard touchdown run against Houston in 1976. It was Jones’ second career touchdown run of 80 yards or more (80 vs. Missouri State, 2005).
· It was also Jones’ second straight 100-yard rushing game, gaining 106 yards on five carries for a 21.2-yard average per carry.
· Michael Smith’s 10-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was his first career touchdown. He finished with 116-yards rushing and two touchdowns. It is Smith’s first career-yard rushing game.
· The 100-yard rushing games from Jones and Smith marked the first time in school history the Razorbacks have had two 100-yard rushers in back-to-back games. McFadden (145) and Jones (104) did it last week against Auburn.
· The loudest cheer of the day came on Robert Johnson’s 22-yard reception from Casey Dick late in the third quarter. It was Johnson’s second career catch, but the first as a wide receiver and the first of the season. He caught one of his own passes last season when a defender batted it back in his face at the line of scrimmage.
· Damian Williams hauled in his first career touchdown reception with a four-yard pass from Mitch Mustain in the third quarter.
· The turnover was the second of the season for the Hogs with both going for touchdowns. Randy Kelly returned a fumble 39 yards against Alabama.
· Arkansas extended its school record by scoring in its 127 straight game on Saturday. The last time the Hogs were shutout came on Nov. 18, 1995, in a 28-0 loss to LSU. The previous record of 125 games was set from 1973-83.
· Marcus Monk extended his consecutive receptions streak 28 games with a 15-yard first quarter reception. He finished the game with four catches for 57 yards.
· London Crawford caught his first career touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. It was a 15-yard TD grab from Dick.
· Andrew Davie recorded his first career reception with a seven-yard catch in the third quarter.
· Today was Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt’s 49th birthday.