OXFORD, Miss. — The University of Arkansas football team (3-7, 0-6 SEC) fell in a 34-24 road loss to Ole Miss (6-3, 3-3 SEC) in Oxford, Miss., on Saturday.
Alan Turner and Eric Bennett each grabbed interceptions and the Razorback defense recorded seven tackles for loss. Brandon Allen led the way offensively for Arkansas, throwing for 193 yards and two touchdowns, but it was not enough to keep pace with the Rebels inside Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Behind the leg of Zach Hocker, Arkansas got on the board first as the senior drilled a 51-yard field goal after the team drove 41 yards in six plays on the game’s opening drive.
Ole Miss quickly responded with a 52-yard return on the ensuing kickoff and began their first drive in Arkansas territory. The Razorback defense would firm up in the red zone, however, coming up with a third-down stop and holding the Rebels to a 42-yard field goal.
Trailing 13-3 midway through the second quarter, the Razorbacks drove 80 yards in six plays and scored on the first of Allen’s two scoring passes, a 17-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Hunter Henry across the miple of the field with 2:43 left in the half.
Bo Wallace and Laquon Treadwell extended the Rebels lead heading into halftime, connecting on a 14-yard touchdown pass and pushing the lead to 20-10 with just 45 seconds left in the second quarter.
Alan Turner sparked the Razorbacks early in the third quarter, intercepting an errant pass from Wallace and setting the Arkansas offense up with a short field at the Ole Miss 46-yard line. Kiero Small finished off the ensuing six-play, 46-yard drive with a rushing touchdown at the goal line to cut the Ole Miss lead to 20-17.
Explosive plays helped the Rebels pull away in the third quarter, as Wallace connected with Ja-Mes Logan on a 75-yard touchdown pass and Donte Moncrief on a 52-yard score through the air to stretch the Ole Miss lead to 34-17.
Julian Horton would ap a 20-yard touchdown reception for the Razorbacks with just under five minutes remaining in the game, but it proved too little too late to mount a comeback.
With the score, Arkansas finished the game 3-for-3 on red zone trips to improve to 24-for-31 (.774) this season. Allen’s touchdown passes to Henry and Horton, as well as Small’s 1-yard rushing score all came inside the 20-yard line.
Making just his second career start for Arkansas, freshman Brooks Ellis stood out on defense with a career-high 11 tackles, including seven solo wrap ups, at miple linebacker.
Arkansas has its second bye week of the season next week and does not return to action until it hosts Mississippi State at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 23. Kickoff time and broadcast details have yet to be announced.
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