KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – No. 22 Tennessee defeated the Razorbacks, 34-13, in front of a crowd of 104,459 at Neyland Stadium. The loss snapped the Hogs’ three-game win streak.
Darren McFadden had 117 yards on 22 carries, the 20th time in his career he has eclipsed the century mark. The junior tailback moved into fourth place on the Southeastern Conference career rushing list, passing Florida’s Errict Rhett. McFadden now has 4,191 career rushing yards.
Tennessee opened the game with an 11-play drive that covered 64 yards and ended with a 16-yard touchdown throw from Erik Ainge to Austin Rogers. The Volunteers kept the drive going with a fourth-and-one conversion on a rush up the middle by Ainge.
On the ensuing kickoff, Felix Jones set up the Arkansas offense with a 48-yard return. A personal-foul penalty tacked on 15 yards and the Hogs began their first offensive possession from the Tennessee 34-yard line. Alex Tejada’s 31-yard field goal with 8:01 remaining in the first quarter cut the deficit to four.
A 78-yard kickoff return by Dennis Rogan gave Tennessee field position into deep in Arkansas territory on the next offensive series. Freshman Daniel Lincoln put a 25-yard field goal through the uprights and Tennessee pushed the back to seven to lead 10-3.
Lincoln’s second field goal of the day, a 28-yard kick, gave the Volunteers a 13-3 lead early in the second quarter.
On their next offensive possession, the Razorbacks gambled on a fourth-and-one play, but were stopped at the line of scrimmage at the Arkansas 44-yard line. UA turned the ball over on downs.
The Volunteers were not able to capitalize on the short field as Lincoln missed a 41-yard field goal.
The Razorback offense continued to struggle against Tennessee’s defense and were forced to punt the ball away after a three-and-out series.
With 1:10 left in the first half, the Volunteers took possession of the ball. A 29-yard completion from Ainge to Lucas Taylor put the Volunteers inside the 10-yard line. Two false-start penalties backed Tennessee up, but on third-and-goal, Ainge connected with Josh Briscoe on a 14-yard score with ten seconds remaining in the half.
On the final play of the half, a Casey Dick deep pass was intercepted at the goal line. Tennessee led at the half, 20-3.
The Razorback offense was held to 49 yards of total offense and one first down in the first half of play.
Arian Foster scored on a 59-yard touchdown run on Tennessee’s first drive of the second half. With 11:22 left in the third quarter, the Volunteers held the 27-3 advantage.
The Hogs used a 10-play, 46-yard drive to add a 42-yard field goal by Tejada, his second make of the day. On third-and-11, Dick’s pass intended for Peyton Hillis was broken up by Jonathan Hefney in the endzone. This is Tejada’s fifth game of the season with at least two field goals.
After forcing the Volunteers to punt, the Arkansas offense looked to build on its previous offensive series. Dick started the drive with a 20-yard pass to Lucas Miller. Another reception by Miller and a 19-yard run by McFadden put the ball on the Tennessee 13-yard line.
On fourth-and-12, Dick’s pass intended for Hillis in the endzone fell short and the Volunteers took over on downs.
A couple of three-and-out possessions by both teams brought an end to the quarter. Tennessee led heading into the fourth quarter, 27-6.
Jones left the game in the third quarter with a deep thigh bruise and did not return.
On the Hogs’ first drive of the final quarter, McFadden picked up 28 yards on the first two plays of the drive and Dick hit Michael Smith with a 36-yard reception down to the Volunteer 20-yard line. Six plays later, Smith scored his third rushing touchdown of the season on a nine-yard run. The play was reviewed, but the call on the field was confirmed and UA trailed by 14, 27-13.
The Volunteers added a late score on a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown by the Volunteers’ Jerod Mayo.
The Razorbacks’ next game will be Saturday against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Little Rock at War Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT.