Razorbacks Improve to 2-0 with 42-3 Pasting of
BY ANDRES FOCIL
The Arkansas Razorbacks put up 21 first-quarter points as the Hogs cruised to a 42-3 victory over the South Florida Bulls in front of a sellout crowd at War Memorial Stadium Saturday night.
Arkansas (1-0) rolled up 547 yards for the game and improved to 12-0 in Little Rock under Houston Nutt.
The Razorback defense held the Bulls to 150 yards of total offense for the game and nearly earned its first shutout in two years. Only a South Florida field goal with less than a minute remaining kept the Hogs from blanking the Bulls.
Arkansas’ win snapped the Bulls’ eight-game winning streak, the second longest winning streak in the nation. The Razorbacks also recorded 34 first downs in the game which tied the mark for the second most in school history.
Following an exchange of punts, the Razorbacks capitalized on their second possession of the game.
Taking over on the 31-yard line, quarterback Matt Jones moved the Hogs 68 yards in five plays to the South Florida one-yard line. From there, fullback Mark Pierce plunged across the goal line for a 7-0 Razorback lead.
After forcing South Florida to kick from its end zone, the Razorbacks took over at the Bulls’ 28-yard line. Jones and Smith hooked up again, this time on a 21-yard completion that went for a score as Arkansas took a 14-0 lead.
Cedric Cobbs gave the Hogs a 21-0 lead with a 19-yard run with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter. Cobbs’ run capped a 47-yard, four-play drive.
The 21 first quarter points were the most the Razorbacks had tallied in an opening stanza since putting up 21 points against Middle Tennessee State on Oct. 9, 1999.
But, the Razorbacks were not done adding to their lead in the first half.
Tarvaris Jackson got into the act for the Razorbacks as he lead the Hogs on a 94-yard scoring drive that was capped with an 11-yard touchdown throw to George Wilson.
The Razobacks closed the first half scoring when De’Arrius Howard scored on a two-yard run to cap a 92-yard, 14-play drive that put Arkansas up 35-0 at halftime.
The 35 first-half points were the most the Hogs had put up in a single half since putting up a school-record 44 points against Middle Tennessee.
Arkansas added a touchdown in the second half when Jones hooked up with Wilson on a five-yard scoring strike for a 42-0 lead.
Jones finished the game completing 9-of-12 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Howard led all rushers going for 66 yards on 11 carries with one score.
Sparky Hamilton and Wilson each hauled in four passes in the game. Hamilton went for 48 yards, while Wilson went for 47 yards with two TDs.
The Razorbacks will now take a week off before taking on the Alabama Crimson Tide on Sept. 28 in Fayetteville.
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