Saturday, Sept. 22, Fayetteville, Ark.
5 p.m. CT
Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
Rankings: Kentucky (3-0, 1-0 SEC) – 21-AP / 23-Coaches
Arkansas (1-1, 0-1 SEC) – RV-AP / RV-Coaches
Arkansas: Houston Nutt (Oklahoma State, 1981)
Career Record: 104-67/.608 (15 years)
Arkansas Record: 68-45/.602 (10 years)
vs. Kentucky: 2-2
Kentucky: Rich Brooks (Oregon State, 1963)
Career Record: 110-139-4/.446 (23 years)
School Record: 19-30/.388 (5- years)
vs. Arkansas: 0-1
Play-by-Play: Mark Jones
Analyst: Bob Davie
Sidelines: Stacey Dales
Play-by-Play: Chuck Barrett
Analyst: Keith Jackson
Sidelines: Quinn Grovey
Internet: Live audio and stats at www.hogwired.com
ARKANSAS SET TO TANGLE WITH KENTUCKY: Arkansas will host Kentucky in its first SEC home game of the 2007 season. The Razorbacks and the Wildcats will kick off at 5 p.m. CST on ESPN2, Sat., Sept. 22, at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
NOTING THE RAZORBACKS:
• Arkansas and Kentucky will meet for the fifth time in school history on Saturday night. The Hogs and Cats are tied at two games apiece with Kentucky holding a 1-0 edge in games played in Fayetteville. The first meeting between the two schools was a 27-20 Hog win in 1998 while the last was a seven-overtime 71-63 Razorbacks’ win in 2003.
• Darren McFadden continued to wow the country in the Razorbacks’ second game of the 2007 season with 195 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. His efforts with the football under his arm rallied the Hogs from two 21-point deficits at Alabama, only to see the Crimson Tide slip away with a last second touchdown and the win. McFadden has now rushed for 346 yards and three touchdowns this season while throwing a touchdown pass, catching five passes for 46 yards and racking up 460 all-purpose yards.
• Fellow junior tailback Felix Jones has been just as good with 225-yards rushing (112.5 ypg) on just 28 carries (8.05 ypc) and a touchdown. He also has 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown (200 kickoff return yards) and one catch for 14 yards. Against Troy, Jones racked up the third-most all-purpose yards in school history with 287. He was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week.
• The Razorbacks’ WildHog formation once again proved to be a productive scheme. Arkansas ran seven plays out of the, gaining 21 yards and a touchdown.
• Darren McFadden ranks second nationally in rushing (173.0 ypg) and third in all-purpose yards (230.0 ypg). McFadden also leads the Southeastern Conference in rushing and all-purpose yards. Felix Jones ranks sixth nationally in kickoff returns (33.33 ypr) and all-purpose yards (219.5).
• True freshmen PK Alex Tejada and WR Crosby Tuck are both making big impacts early in their Razorback caeers. Tejada is 5 for 5 on field goal attempts and 9 of 10 on PATs. Tuck made his first two receptions memorable ones with a 42-yard touchdown catch from Darren McFadden against Troy and a TD grab from Casey Dick at Alabama.
• Alex Tejada is tied for ninth nationally in scoring at 12.0 points per game. He also ranks second in the NCAA in field goals per game at 2.5.
• The Razorbacks rank fourth nationally in rushing after gashing Troy for 350 yards and racking up 301 yards at Alabama for a 325.5 ypg average. That mark also leads the SEC by 64 yards over No. 2 Florida. UA has led the SEC in rushing four of the last five years.
• Arkansas ranks No. 1 in rushing offense in the SEC during Houston Nutt’s tenure (1998-2006). The Hogs have averaged 192.08 yards per game in Nutt’s 10-year tenure (21,705 yards in 113 games).
• Arkansas’ hogs up front on the offensive line have not only done a fantastic opening holes for Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, but they have been one of the best teams in the country at protecting the quarterback. The Hogs’ offensive line has allowed just 10 sacks in their last 16 games for an amazing average of just 0.625 sacks allowed per game.
• Fifth-year senior WR Chris Baker is the lone remaining Razorback that played in Arkansas’ 2003 seven-overtime win at Kentucky.
• Jeremy Davis has made a successful transition back to punter where he began his collegiate career in 2004. The junior from Fort Smith, Ark., ranks second in the SEC and 23rd nationally with a 43.9-yards per punt average through the first two games this season.
• The Hogs have scored 20 points or more in 84 of Houston Nutt’s 113 games (74.3 percent) as head coach.
• Arkansas has now scored in 137 consecutive games, a school record for scoring in the most consecutive games in team history. Arkansas has not been shut out since a 28-0 loss to LSU in Baton Rouge, La., on Nov. 18, 1995.
THE McFADDEN REPORT:
• Darren McFadden has run for 346 yards on 57 carries and tallied three rushing touchdown in his first two games of the 2007 season. He ran for 151 yards on 24 totes in the opener and then followed that up with 195 yards on 33 carries against Alabama.
• The 100-yard rushing game vs. the Crimson Tide was the 14th of McFadden’s 27-game career in the cardinal and white. The 195 yards marked his second-highest-career output while the 33 carries was a career high.
• The Little Rock native racked up 260 all-purpose yards, which is the fifth highest total in school history. He also moved into third place on Arkansas career all-purpose yards chart with 4,031.
• McFadden moved past Cedric Cobbs for third place on Arkansas career rushing chart with 3,106 yards. He is 464 yards shy of Ben Cowins’ school record of 3,570 yards.
• His two touchdowns at Alabama also moved him past Cedric Cobbs for fourth in career rushing touchdowns at Arkansas.
• McFadden connected for his fourth career passing touchdown on a 42-yard strike to freshman Crosby Tuck in the opener against Troy. The 42-yard pass was the longest completion of his career. He has now completed 9-of-13 career passes for 124 yards and four touchdowns. McFadden boasts a career passing efficiency rating of 235.6.
• McFadden has caught five passes this season for 46 yards. His three grabs vs. Alabama tied his career high for receptions in a game.
• He has accounted for 388 yards of total offense and racked up 460 all-purpose yards through two games this season. His 173.0 ypg rushing average ranks second nationally and leads the SEC while 230 all-purpose yards per game ranks third nationally.
• For all of your Darren McFadden related questions visit his official web site at 5DarrenMcFadden.com.
SERIES HISTORY: Arkansas and Kentucky will meet for the fifth time in school history this weekend. The series is tied 2-2 with Kentucky holding a 1-0 edge of games played in Fayetteville.
In 2003, the Razorbacks and Wildcats battled in a seven over time thriller in Lexington. At the time, it held the record for the longest game in NCAA history. Arkansas came away victorious by a score of 71-63.
LAST TIME AGAINST KENTUCKY: The Arkansas Razorbacks tied an NCAA record they already shared by playing seven overtimes Saturday night in Lexington. Although the setting was different than the first seven overtime game, the result was not as the Hogs posted a 71-63 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats.
The game tied the record for the longest game in NCAA history which the Razorbacks were a part of in 2001. That season, Arkansas and Ole Miss battled to seven overtimes with the Hogs claiming a 58-56 victory in Oxford.
Arkansas netted 605 yards of total offense with 334 yards rushing and 271 yards passing. The Razorbacks converted 13-of-22 third downs in the game and one fourth down.
Kentucky totaled 506 yards total offense with 326 yards through the air and 180 yards on the ground. The ‘Cats converted 10-of-22 third downs in the game.
THE BRINSON CONNECTION: Kentucky’s running backs coach Larry Brinson spent six seasons at UA as the Razorbacks’ running backs coach. He coached under former Razorbacks’ coach Ken Hatfield at Air Force, Arkansas, Clemson and Rice for a total of 23 years. The Razorbacks made six appearances in bowl games during Brinson’s time of staff.
HARGRAVE HELPS: Arkansas and Kentucky’s rosters are littered with student-athletes who spent time at Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy.
Arkansas’ Chris Baker (Sr.), Freddie Fairchild (Jr.), Marcus Harrison (Sr.) and Kareem Crowell (Fr.) spent time with Kentucky’s Chris Drayton (Fr.), Christian Johnson (Jr.) and T.C. Drake (So.) playing prep ball in Virginia.
LEADING THE PACK: When it comes to rushing the ball, no team in the Southeastern Conference has done it more effectively in recent years than the Arkansas Razorbacks.
The Hogs have led the SEC in rushing yardage in four of the last five seasons, including 2005 and 2006. And they are on their way once again in 2007 after racking up 651 yards in their first two games. Arkansas became the first team to pace the SEC in rushing four times in five seasons since Alabama led the league in four-consecutive seasons from 1971-74.
In 2007, the Hogs rank fourth nationally in rushing and sixth in yards per carry as a team with 6.32 yards per tote.
UA has tallied 200 or more rushing yards in 18 of its last 31 games dating back to the eighth game of the 2004 season. In addition, the Hogs earned 190 or more yards in two other games. That also includes six games of 300 yards or more and one 400-yard game.
The Hogs led the SEC in rushing in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006 with an average of 218.9, 241.9, 216.9 and 228.5 yards per game, respectively. Arkansas is attempting to become the first team to pace the SEC in rushing five times in six seasons since Ole Miss led the league in six-consecutive seasons from 1957-62.
2007 Rushing Leaders
Team Gms Att Net Avg. TDs Yds/pg
1. Navy 3 175 1136 6349 9 378.67
2. West Virginia 3 144 1031 7.16 16 343.67
3. Oregon 3 149 977 6.65 10 325.67
4. Arkansas 2 103 651 6.32 5 325.50
5. Texas A&M 3 140 889 6.35 14 296.33
McFADDEN & JONES FORM DYNAMIC DUO: The Arkansas tailback duo of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones are the most-productive rushing teammates in the country (among the NCAA top 100) early in the 2007 season, averaging 285.5 yards per game. McFadden ranks second nationally at 173.0 ypg while Jones accounts for 112.5 ypg and ranks 24th. The Michigan duo of RB Michael Hart (167.33) and RB Brandon Minor (51.0) are in second, 64.5 yards behind.
Rushers (Individual Avg.)
Team Combined YPG
1. Darren McFadden (173.0) / Felix Jones (112.5) Arkansas 285.50
2. Michael Hart (167.33) / Brandon Minor (54.00) Michigan 221.00
3. Steve Slaton (130.67) / Noel Devine (85.33) West Virginia 216.00
4. Brandon Stewart (114.33) / Dennis Dixon (92.00) Oregon 206.33
5. Anthony Aldridge (146.0) / Terrance Ganaway (52.5) Houston 198.50
FELIX THE CAT: Felix Jones had five 100-yard rushing games last season and began the 2007 campaign with 129 yards and a touchdown against Troy and then came up just short of 100 at Alabama with 96 yards on 16 carries. Last season he rushed for 106 yards vs. Southeast Missouri State, 104 yards at then-No. 2 Auburn, a then-career-high 141 yards vs. Louisiana-Monroe, 137 yards vs. LSU and a career-high 150 yards vs. Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. Jones finished second in the SEC and 34th nationally in rushing with 83.43 yards per game. He had a career-best 1,168 yards rushing that ranks seventh in school history on just 150 carries. Jones’ 7.58 yards per carry average led the SEC and ranked second in the country. Jones is one of just six players in the country to average better than 7.00 yards per carry.
Jones is off to an even better pace this year with a 112.5 yards per game average and an impressive 8.04 yards per carry. He ranks tied for 24th nationally in rushing and is fifth in the SEC. Jones also returned his third kickoff return for a touchdown of his career with a 90-yard dash vs. Troy. He is sixth nationally in kickoff returns with a 33.33 ypr average. His 219.5 all-purpose yards per game also rank sixth nationally.
PROTECTING THE QB: The Arkansas offensive line has not only produced some of the best rushing numbers in college football over the past two seasons, but has also been outstanding at protecting the quarterback. The Hogs’ front line has allowed just 10 sacks over the last 16 games, dating back to the start of the 2006 season for an average of 0.625 per game. Rutgers is the only team to better that number with just eight sacks in the last 16 games for a 0.50 per game average.
FANTASTIC FRESHMEN: PK Alex Tejada and WR Crosby Tuck have made quite an impression during their first two games in cardinal and white. The Springdale, Ark., natives (Tejada from Springdale HS and Tuck from Shiloh Christian) notched key scoring plays early in the season.
Tejada is a perfect 5 for 5 on field goals attempts and is 9 of 10 on extra point attempts to account for 24 points. He currently ranks second in the country in field goals per game (2.5) and ranks tied for ninth nationally in scoring (12.0). In the Troy game, he became the first Razorback since Chris Balseiro to make four field goals in a game (vs. Missouri, 2003 Independence Bowl, Dec. 31, 2003).
Tuck hauled in his first career pass in the third quarter of the season opener against Troy for a 42-yard touchdown. The scoring strike came from the right arm of junior Heisman Trophy candidate Darren McFadden. He followed that up with his second career touchdown reception on his second career catch, a 40-yard strike from Casey Dick.
PROTECT THIS HOUSE: Home field advantage has been good to the Razorbacks, especially during the Houston Nutt Era. Arkansas is tied with Georgia for the third-most SEC home wins since 1998 with 48. The Hogs are 48-15 (.762) in games played at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville and War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Arkansas is 20-2 in Little Rock and 28-13 in Fayetteville in that 10-year span under Coach Nutt.
MOST HOME WINS
LSU 50-13 .794
Florida 50-9 .847
Arkansas 48-15 .762
Georgia 48-11 .814
Tennessee 47-11 .810
Auburn 46-19 .708
Alabama 45-20 .692
Mississippi 35-23 .603
South Carolina 34-26 .567
Mississippi State 29-27 .518
Kentucky 30-29 .508
Vanderbilt 18-38 .321
* Includes all games in Fayetteville and Little Rock
STILL ATOP THE BOWL LIST: Arkansas is atop the bowl appearance list for SEC Western Division teams since 1998. The Razorbacks have made seven bowl appearances since Houston Nutt took over the reins in Fayetteville, including the 2007 Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Arkansas has made two appearances in the Cotton Bowl (2000 and 2002) and the Citrus/Capital One Bowl (1999 and 2007) and one in the Las Vegas Bowl (2000), the Music City Bowl (2002) and the Independence Bowl (2003).
Although Arkansas has a rich bowl tradition, in the eight seasons prior to Nutt’s arrival the Razorbacks had earned only two bowl berths.
DENTING THE SCOREBOARD: Arkansas has now scored in 137 consecutive games, a school record for scoring in the most consecutive games in team history. Arkansas has not been shut out since a 28-0 loss to LSU in Baton Rouge, La., on Nov. 18, 1995.
UA ranks fourth among league schools in the longest active scoring streak. Florida ranks first in the SEC earning points in 230 consecutive contests.
RACKING UP 20: The Razorbacks have made a routine of racking up 20 points since Houston Nutt arrived in Fayetteville. Arkansas has scored 20 points or more in 84 of Nutt’s 113 games (.743) as head coach. Arkansas is 63-21 (.750) when scoring 20 points or more including a 37-12 mark (.755) in the last seven seasons.
100 AND COUNTING FOR NUTT: The Razorbacks’ game against Vanderbilt last fall was the 100th in the nine-year career of Hog boss Houston Nutt. He owns a 68-45 (.602) career record at Arkansas. Nutt is just the third coach in school history to coach 100 games (currently 112) at the helm of the Razorback program. Fred Thomsen (1929-41) was the first, posting a 56-61-10 (.480) record while Frank Broyles (1958-76) is the school’s all-time leader with 207 games coached (144-58-5 [.708]) in 19 seasons.
Coach Total Games Seasons
Frank Broyles 207 19 (1958-1976)
Fred Thomsen 127 13 (1929-41)
Houston Nutt 113 10th (1998-present)
Nutt’s tenure at Arkansas is also a rare feat for any SEC coach. Only three coaches hired in the SEC since 1990 have enjoyed a stint of 100 games at the same school. Nutt became the fourth against Vanderbilt last season.
Coach, School (Years) Games
Philip Fulmer, Tennessee (1992-current) 181
Jackie Sherrill, Miss. State (1991-2003) 153
Steve Spurrier, Florida (1990-2001) 150
Houston Nutt, Arkansas (1998-current) 113
LEE TAKES REIGNS OF RAZORBACKS’ OFFENSE: David Lee returned to Fayetteville during the off-season as the Razorbacks’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. It is Lee’s third tour of duty at Arkansas after serving as quarterbacks and fullbacks coach under Ken Hatfield from 1984-88 and quarterbacks coach under Houston Nutt from 2001-02.
Lee recently completed his fourth season with the Cowboys as an offensive assistant, overseeing the team’s quality control efforts and working closely with the quarterbacks. Lee coached under legendary NFL coach Bill Parcells and worked directly with quarterbacks Quincy Carter, Vinny Testaverde, Drew Henson, Drew Bledsoe and Tony Romo.
Lee’s coaching career also includes five years as the head coach at Texas-El Paso (1989-93) and seven more as the offensive coordinator at Rice (1994-2000). Prior to arriving at UA in 1984, he spent two years at UT-Martin and one year at Vanderbilt working with the quarterbacks before beginning a five-year stint as the quarterbacks coach at Ole Miss (1978-82). He was the offensive coordinator at New Mexico during the 1983 season.
HORTON TO HANDLE RUNNING BACKS: Former Arkansas standout wide receiver Tim Horton returned to his alma mater in July as the Hogs’ running backs coach. Horton took over the position vacated when Danny Nutt stepped down to tend to ongoing health issues.
Horton comes to the Razorbacks from Air Force where he was hired as the Falcons’ offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach in January after serving the 2006 season as the running backs coach at Kansas State. He got his coaching start at Appalachian State in 1990 and helped lead the Mountaineers to Southern Conference titles in 1991 and 1995. He left ASU for Air Force in 1999 and stayed with the Falcons as the running backs coach through the 2005 season.
While at Arkansas, he was a four-year letterman and three-year starter as a split end and punt returner for the Razorbacks under head coach Ken Hatfield. He caught 49 passes for 942 yards and one touchdown in his career, including hauling in 23 catches for 453 yards as a senior in 1989. Horton returned 78 punts for 657 yards in his collegiate career.
SEC ELITE: Darren McFadden is quickly etching his name in the SEC record books among some of the best running backs the conference has ever produced. His 1,647 yards rushing ranks as the fifth-best total in a single season in the history of the Southeastern Conference. Herschel Walker’s (Georgia) 1,891 yards in 1981 leads the way. McFadden’s total is the most in the SEC since Bo Jackson (Auburn) rushed for 1,786 yards in 1985.
In 2005, McFadden became just the seventh freshman in league history to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark in his first season. He joined Walker, Emmitt Smith (Florida), Reggie Cobb (Tennessee), Chuck Webb (Tennessee), Jamal Lewis (Tennessee) and Justin Vincent (LSU). His 1,113 yards was the sixth-best freshman rushing total in SEC history.
McFadden also ranks 19th in career rushing in the Southeastern Conference with 3,106 yards on the ground .
SEC’s Top 10 Single-Season Rushing Totals
Player, School (# rushes) Year Yards
1. Herschel Walker, Georgia (385 rushes) 1981 1,891
2. Bo Jackson, Auburn (278 rushes) 1985 1,786
3. Herschel Walker, Georgia (335 rushes) 1982 1,752
4. Charles Alexander, LSU (311rushes) 1977 1,686
5. Darren McFadden, Arkansas (265 rushes) 2006 1,647
6. Herschel Walker, Georgia (274 rushes) 1980 1,616
7. Moe Williams, Kentucky (294 rushes) 1995 1,600
8. Emmitt Smith, Florida (284 rushes) 1989 1,599
9. Rudi Johnson, Auburn (324 rushes) 2000 1,567
10. Garrison Hearst, Georgia (228 rushes) 1992 1,547
HEISMAN No. 2: Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden was the first Heisman Memorial Trophy finalist in school history. The then sophomore finished second to Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith, becoming only the fifth underclassman to ever finish in the top two. McFadden earned 45 first-place votes and 878 total points, edging out Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn (13 first-place votes, 782 total). McFadden captured 298 second-place votes with Quinn garnering 276. Below is a breakdown of the voting.
Heisman Trophy Voting
Player, School 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Troy Smith, Ohio State 801 62 13 2,540
Darren McFadden, Arkansas 45 298 147 878
Brady Quinn, Notre Dame 13 276 191 782
Steve Slaton, West Virginia 6 51 94 214
Michael Hart, Michigan 5 58 79 210
Colt Brennan, Hawaii 6 44 96 202
ALL-AMERICANS ALL AROUND: Arkansas had four players earn All-America honors following the 2006 season, including Darren McFadden who was a unanimous selection. Joining McFadden was offensive lineman Jonathan Luigs, who was also a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to the top center in the nation. Tony Ugoh was a second-team selection at left tackle and Stephen Parker garnered second-team honors at left guard. In 2005, Felix Jones became the first UA freshman to earn first-team All-America honors when he was selected as a kickoff-return specialist.
MARVELOUS MONK: At 6-6, Marcus Monk has stood out since the day he stepped foot on campus. He led all Southeastern Conference freshmen in receiving in 2004 and set a school record for freshman receiving along the way. Monk broke Richard Smith’s UA record (33) for receptions by a freshman when he hauled in 37 balls for 569 yards and six touchdowns. He tied for the team lead in catches and garnered freshman All-SEC honors for his efforts. As a sophomore in 2005, Monk caught 35 passes for a team-high 476 yards and seven touchdowns.
In 2006, Monk produced the best numbers of his career with 50 catches for a career-high 962 yards. He caught a school record 11 touchdown passes and averaged 19.2 yards per catch, which was the second-best in the SEC. He was ninth in the league in yards per game (68.71). Monk’s 962 yards is the third-most in a single season in school history.
Monk has caught at least one pass in each of his 36 career games as a Razorback. That mark is the most among returning wide receivers heading into the 2007 season. He has caught at least three passes in 23 of his 36 career games.
MONK ATOP CAREER TD CHART: Marcus Monk’s touchdown catch against Florida in last year’s SEC Championship game was his 24th career TD reception. That moved him ahead of Anthony Lucas on the all-time school chart. Lucas had 23 career TD grabs from 1995-99.
Arkansas’ All-Time Touchdown Receptions List
1. Marcus Monk 24
2. Anthony Lucas 23
3. Richard Smith 17
4. George Wilson 16
Anthony Eubanks 16
Chuck Dicus 16
Derek Russell 16
Arkansas’ Single-Season Touchdown Receptions List
1. Marcus Monk, 2006 11
2. Anthony Lucas, 1998 10
3. Derek Russell, 1990 8
Chuck Dicus, 1968 8
5. 7 tied with 7
HOG WILD IN OVERTIME: Arkansas is now 6-1 in overtime games dating back to the 1996, which was the first season overtime was used to break ties at the end of regulation. The six wins is tied for the third most overtime wins in NCAA history (Missouri is 8-3). The .857 winning percentage, among teams with at least five overtime games, ranks third to Nebraska and Michigan’s 5-0 record. Louisiana-Monroe and South Florida are all 4-0 in overtime games.
Most Overtime Wins in NCAA History
1. Missouri 8
2. Ole Miss 7
3. Arkansas 6
North Carolina State 6
Best Overtime Winning Percentage in NCAA History (minimum 5 gms)
1. Michigan 5-0 (1.000)
Nebraska 5-0 (1.000)
3. Arkansas 6-1 (.857)
Northwestern 6-1 (.857)
UCLA 6-1 (.857)
6. Tennessee 5-1 (.833)
7. Northern Illinois 4-1 (.800)
Ohio State 4-1 (.800)
9. Oregon 6-3 (.667)
10. Ole Miss 7-4 (.636)
OVERTIME NOTHING NEW FOR NUTT: Overtime wins are nothing new for Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt. He is 7-2 in his 14-year career as a head coach, dating back to his first overtime win at Murray State in 1993. He is 6-1 in overtime games as a head coach a the Division-I level (Boise State and Arkansas). Nutt’s teams have played a combined 28 overtime periods, including an NCAA record two seven-overtime games and a six-overtime game.