Saturday, Oct. 20, Oxford, Miss.
1 p.m. CT
Ole Miss (2-5, 0-4 SEC) – NR
Arkansas (3-3, 0-3 SEC) – NR
Arkansas: Houston Nutt (Oklahoma State, 1981)
Career Record: 106-69/.606 (15 years)
Arkansas Record: 70-47/.598 (10 years)
vs. Ole Miss: 6-3
Ole Miss: Ed Orgeron (Northwestern State, 1984)
Career Record: 9-21/.300 (3 years)
School Record: Same
vs. Arkansas: 0-2
Play-by-Play: Chuck Barrett
Analyst: Keith Jackson
Sidelines: Quinn Grovey
XM Channel: 199 (Ole Miss Broadcast)
Internet: Live audio and stats at www.hogwired.com
RAZORBACKS LOOK TO REBOUND AT OLE MISS: Arkansas make their second SEC road trip of the season on Sat., Oct. 20, with a visit to Ole Miss. Kickoff at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium is set for 1 p.m.
NOTING THE RAZORBACKS:
* Arkansas and Ole Miss will meet for the 54th time on Saturday. Arkansas leads the series but by what record is a matter of discrepancy between the two schools. The Hogs claim a series record of 29-23-1 while Ole Miss has the series 28-24-1 in favor of the Razorbacks. The disagreement stems for the 1914 game played in Little Rock in which Arkansas claims Ole Miss used an ineligible player.
• Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron once was a member of Arkansas’ football staff. Orgeron was an assistant strength and conditioning coach under Ken Hatfield in 1986 and 1987. During his tenure, the Hogs posted a record of 18-7 and advanced to a pair of bowl games.
• Arkansas tailbacks Darren McFadden and Felix Jones and center Jonathan Luigs have been named to both the SI.com and Phil Steele’s College Football Midseason All-America teams. McFadden and Jones also earned accolades from Rivals.com.
• Heisman Trophy candidate Darren McFadden broke Arkansas’ career rushing record in third quarter with a 13-yard rush off left tackle against Auburn. He passed Ben Cowins (3,570 yards) and enters the Ole Miss game with 3,582 career rushing yards.
• McFadden ranks fourth nationally in rushing with 137.0 yards per game. That mark also leads the conference. He is averaging 167.5 all-purpose yards per game, which ranks 17th nationally and second in the SEC.
• McFadden’s school-rushing record of 3,582 yards also raks as the 10th best total in SEC history. Not only did McFadden pass Ben Cowins for the UA record, but he passed Alabama’s Shaun Alexander for 10th place in SEC history. His 3,582 yards rushing is also fourth in career rushing among active Bowl Subdivision players.
• Fellow junior Felix Jones ranks 20th nationally and third in the SEC in rushing with 112.17 yards per contest. He has 673 yards rushing on the season with five touchdowns while accounting for 188.5 all-purpose yards per game (1,131) to rank eighth nationally.
• Jones’ 10.20 yards per carry average leads the country. He is averaging 2.40 yards per rush more than the second-best mark nationally, Arkansas State’s Reggie Arnold. (7.80). Jones also leads the country in career yards per carry among active players with a 7.73 ypc average.
• Arkansas’ rushing attack ranks third nationally at 293.17 yards per game. That mark also leads the SEC by 61.0 yards over second-place LSU. UA has led the SEC in rushing four of the last five years. UA has rushed for at least 300 yards in four-of-six games this season and has rushed for at least 200 yards in 10 of their last 13 games, including five times this year.
• The Hogs’ stable of tailbacks have combined for 10 100-yard rushing games through the first five games of the season, including three backs over 100 yards vs. North Texas. The school record for combined 100-yard rushing games in a season is 13 (1975 and 2006).
• McFadden and Jones have both rushed for 100 yards in four of the Hogs’ six games this season and eight times in their careers. McFadden has cracked the 100-yard barrier in five-of-six games, while Jones has eclipsed 100 yards in four games and just missed the fifth with 96 yards at Alabama.
• Jones and McFadden also rank eighth and 17th respectively, in the NCAA Bowl Subdivision in all-purpose yards. Jones is averaging 188.5 all-purpose yards per game, while McFadden is totaling 167.5 per contest.
• McFadden also broke Arkansas’ career all-purpose yardage record vs. Auburn, passiing Gary Anderson (4,535). McFadden now has 4,576 career all-purpose yards, which ranks sixth among active Bowl Subdivision players. Jones is third in career all-purpose yards at Arkansas with 4,240, which ranks ninth among active players.
• Jones has two kickoff returns for touchdowns this season on 90-yard and 82-yard bursts. He ranks fifth nationally in kickoff return average at 31.58 ypr. He currently leads the SEC in career kickoff return average at 28.4 yards per on 52 career returns.
• True freshman PK Alex Tejada is making a big impact early in their Razorback career. Tejada is 10 for 12 on field goal attempts and 26 of 27 on PATs. Tejada is 27th nationally in scoring at 9.33 points per game. He also ranks tied for 13th in the NCAA in field goals per game at 1.67. He is second in the SEC in field goals per game and third in scoring.
• Tejada’s 47-yard field goal vs. Chattanooga was a career long and the longest for any Razorback since David Carlton hit from 47 against Tennessee on Oct. 5, 2002. The last field goal longer than Tejada’s 47-yarder was Matt Swartz’s 49-yarder against Southwest Missouri State on Sept. 2, 2000.
• Jerell Norton and Michael Grant are quickly making a name for themselves in the defensive backfield for the Razorbacks. Grant is tied for eighth nationally and is second in the SEC with 1.67 passes defended per game. Norton is third in the SEC and tied for 15th nationally in passes defended. He also ranks tied for 26th in interceptions per game at .50 with three picks through Hogs’ first six games.
• The Razorback trio (McFadden, Jones and Luigs) was also honored by Phil Steele’s College Football as first-team midseason All-SEC selections. Senior offensive guard Robert Felton and senior cornerback Michael Grant earned second-team All-SEC accolades. Senior strong safety Matt Hewitt, senior offensive tackle Nate Garner and freshman kicker Alex Tejada were named to the third-team midseason all-conference listing.
• Malcolm Sheppard ranks seventh in the SEC and tied for 45th nationally with an average of 1.25 tackles for loss per game. Sheppard has 7.5 TFL (-25) yards in the first half of the season.
• Marcus Monk made his first appearance of the 2007 season vs. Auburn on Arkansas’ first drive. He only blocked on the play and did not return to the game. In the process he snapped his 36-game streak of catching at least on pass. Monk had caught a pass in every game of his career until that point.
• Arkansas’ hogs up front on the offensive line have not only done a fantastic job 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 16 sacks in their last 20 games for an amazing average of just 0.80 per game.
• Arkansas ranks No. 1 in rushing offense in the SEC during Houston Nutt’s tenure (1998-2007). The Hogs have averaged 194.98 yards per game in Nutt’s 10-year tenure (22,813 yards in 117 games).
• The Hogs have scored 20 points or more in 87 of Houston Nutt’s 117 games (74.4 percent) as head coach.
• Arkansas has now scored in 141 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 set the Arkansas’ career rushing record with a 13-yard run in the third quarter against Auburn. He now has 3,582 yards rushing during his 31-game Razorback career.
• He also eclipsed the Arkansas’ career all-purpose yards record against the Tigers. He passed Gary Anderson (4,535 yards) and now has 4,576 yards.
• McFadden has run for 822 yards on 147 carries and tallied seven rushing touchdowns this season. He equalled the school record with five-consecutive 100-yard rushing games. McFadden tied Jerry Eckwood’s record from 1975.
• He ranks second in career rushes at UA with 607. He passed Dickey Morton (595) vs. Auburn and now needs 29 carries pass Ben Cowins (635) for the school record.
• His 137.0 ypg rushing average ranks fourth nationally, while 167.5 all-purpose yards per game ranks 17th nationally.
• The 100-yard rushing game vs. Chattanooga was the 17th of McFadden’s 30-game career in cardinal and white. He broke Ben Cowins’ (1975-78) previous school record of 16.
• 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 eight passes this season for 61 yards. His three grabs vs. Alabama tied his career high for receptions in a game. He has 33 catches for 262 yards anda touchdown during his UA career.
• He has accounted for 864 yards of total offense and racked up 1,005 all-purpose yards through six games this season.
• For all of your D-MAC related questions visit his official web site at 5DarrenMcFadden.com.
SERIES HISTORY: This weekend’s Arkansas and Ole Miss match up will be the 54th meeting between the two teams. The Razorbacks lead the series 29-23-1. The Rebel record books, however, have Arkansas leading the series 27-24-1. The discrepancy stems from the 1914 game in Little Rock which Arkansas claims as a win alleging that Ole Miss used an ineligible player. The Rebels deny the allegations and count a 13-7 win on the field. As all of the participants in the game are no longer living, it’s doubtful that this issue will be resolved any time soon.
The Razorbacks have won five of the last six meetings between the teams including a 38-3 win in Fayetteville last season. Arkansas leads the series 8-1 in games played in Fayetteville and leads the series 7-6-1 in games played in Little Rock.
Arkansas enjoys a 9-6 advantage in the series since the Hogs joined the SEC in 1992. Houston Nutt is 6-3 against Ole Miss since taking over the reins at Arkansas in 1998.
LAST TIME AGAINST OLE MISS: Felix Jones got up on the right side of bed early Saturday and he got Arkansas up on Ole Miss as the No. 15 Razorbacks won their sixth straight, 38-3.
Jones, who entered the game averaging 17.8 yards per return, kick-started the Hogs to their sixth straight win, which is their longest winning streak since the 2002 club won six straight late in the season.
After Jones’ return, the UA defense forced a three-and-out and the Hogs went up 14-0 on Darren McFadden’s four-yard run. Taking over on its 43, Jones had runs of 11, six and five yards, and McFadden carries of 17, six and the four-yard score. McFadden also had a 15-yard reception from Mitch Mustain.
On the touchdown, McFadden lined as the quarterback in the shotgun with Mustain split wide right. McFadden took the snap and ran up the middle for the score.
The Razorbacks led 14-0 after the first quarter, marking the fifth time in seven games the UA defense held its opponent scoreless in the opening period.
It was 21-0 midway through the second when Peyton Hillis dove over the line from a yard out. The score capped a 57-yard drive including two receptions by Hillis for 17 yards and another carry for six yards. Marcus Monk set up the score with a 15-yard catch to the one.
Mustain, who was 12-of-15 passing for 157 yards and a touchdown for the game, was three-for-three for 32 yards on the drive.
McFadden, the SEC’s leading rusher coming in with 104.2 yards per game, had 65 yards and the touchdown on 17 carries. Jones finished with 51 yards on nine carries.
ORGERON FORMER HOG: Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron knows something about Razorback football. After all, Orgeron was an assistant strength coach at Arkansas under Ken Hatfield from 1986-87. During his stint in Fayetteville the Hogs tallied two nine-win seasons and posted an overall mark of 18-7. The Razorbacks finished second in the Southwest Conference in those two seasons and advanced to the Orange and Liberty Bowls following the 1986 and 1987 seasons, respectively. Arkansas wide receivers coach James Shibest was a senior on the 1986 Razorback squad.
OTHER SERIES TIDBITS:
Arkansas has outscored Ole Miss 879-776. This is the 54th meeting between the teams and 27th consecutive season in which they have met. There have been 14 shutouts in the series with Arkansas holding an 8-6 advantage in those games. Not including the tie or disputed game, there have been 20 games decided by a touchdown or less including eight games decided by a field goal or less.
THE WOOD CONNECTION: UA quarterbacks coach Alex Wood spent the 1989-92 seasons at the University of Miami. Ole Miss’ Ed Orgeron and Art Kehoe were also on the Hurricanes staff during that time. Orgeron served as the defensive line and assistant head coach during the 1988-1992 seasons. Kehoe spent 25 seasons at Miami as the offensive line and assistant head coach from 1981-2005. While both Woods and Orgeron won national championships with the Hurricanes, Kehoe is the only coach associated will all five of UM’s national titles.
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 1,759 yards (293.2 ypg) through six 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 are second in the country in yards per carry as a team with 6.13 yards per tote. UA has tallied 200 or more rushing yards in 21 of its last 35 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 eight games of 300 yards or more and two 400-yard-plus games.
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 6 370 2073 5.60 20 345.50
2. West Virginia 6 300 1867 6.22 25 311.17
3. Arkansas 6 287 1759 6.13 14 293.17
4. Oregon 6 283 1596 5.64 18 266.00
5. Air Force 7 360 1823 5.06 17 260.43
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) in 2007, averaging 249.17 yards per game. McFadden ranks fourth nationally at 137.00 ypg while Jones is 20th, accounting for 112.17 ypg. The Michigan State combo of Javon Ringer and Jehuu Calucrick are second at 204.43 yards per game.
Rushers (Individual Avg.)
Team Combined YPG
1. Darren McFadden (137.00) / Felix Jones (112.17) Arkansas 249.17
2. Javon Ringer (133.14) / Jehuu Caulcrick (71.29( Michigan State 204.43
3. Mike Hart (154.0) / Brandon Minor (30.17) Michigan 184.17
4. Eugene Jarvis (133.57) / Julian Edelman (50.14) Kent State 183.71
5. Michael Desormeaux (105.43) / Tyrell Fenroy (75.01) Louisiana-Lafayette 180.43
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 10th in career rushing in the Southeastern Conference with 3,582 yards on the ground in just 31 games.
SEC’s Top 15 Career Rushing Totals
Yards Player, School (games) Years
1. 5,259 Herschel Walker, Georgia (33 games) 1980-82
2. 4,557 Kevin Faulk, LSU (41 games) 1995-98
3. 4,303 Bo Jackson, Auburn (38 games) 1982-85
4. 4,163 Errict Rhett, Florida (48 games) 1990-93
5. 4,050 Dalton Hilliard, LSU (44 games) 1982-85
6. 4,035 Charles Alexander, LSU (44 games) 1975-78
7. 3,928 Emmitt Smith, Florida (31 games) 1987-89
8. 3,835 Sonny Collins, Kentucky (41 games) 1972-75
9. 3,831 Carnell Williams, Auburn (42 games) 2001-04
10. 3,582 Darren McFadden (31 games) 2005-present
11. 3,565 Shaun Alexander, Alabama (42 games) 1996-99
12. 3,523 James Brooks, Auburn (38 games) 1977-80
13. 3,420 Bobby Humphrey, Alabama (35 games) 1985-88
14. 3,368 Joe Cribbs, Auburn (38 games) 1976-79
15. 3,333 Moe Williams, Kentucky (33 games) 1993-95
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 (311 rushes) 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
FELIX THE CAT: Felix Jones had five 100-yard rushing games last season and has four 100-yard games this season with 129 vs. Troy, 133 vs. Kentucky, 132 vs. North Texas and 141 vs. Chattanooga. Jones is currently 20th nationally and third in the SEC in rushing at 112.17 yards per game while leading the country in yards per carry at 10.20. His 11 100-yard career rushing games are tied for fourth in school history. Jones’ 2,467 yards rushing is eighth in school history, while his 4,240 all-purpose yards is third.
Jones has also returned his third and fourth kickoff returns for touchdowns of his career with a 90-yard dash vs. Troy and an 82-yarder against Kentucky. He is fifth nationally in kickoff returns with a 31.58 ypr average and eighth in all-purpose yards with a 188.50 average.
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.
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 16 sacks over the last 20 games, dating back to the start of the 2006 season for an average of 0.800 per game. Rutgers is the only team to better that number with just 12 sacks in the last 20 games for a 0.600 per game average. Arkansas is currently tied for 10th nationally in sacks allowed with a 1.00 per game average.
TRIPLE-DIGIT RUSHERS: The Razorbacks’ rushing success has resulted in 10 100-yard rushing efforts in the first five games of the 2007 season.
Junior Heisman Trophy candidate Darren McFadden has rushed for at least 100 yards in five games with 151 vs. Troy, 195 at Alabama, 173 against Kentucky, 138 in the first half vs. North Texas and 122 vs. Chattanooga.
Felix Jones has four 100-yard rushing efforts with 129 yards against Troy, 133 yards vs. Kentucky, 132 vs. North Texas and a season-high 141 vs. Chattanooga. He came up just four yards shy of 100 at Alabama. Junior-college transfer Brandon Barnett registered his first career 100-yard rushing game vs. North Texas with 105 yards on 16 carries.
The Razorbacks combined for 13 100-yard rushing games last season as McFadden produced seven, Jones five and Michael Smith one.
Most Combined 100-Yard Rushing Games in a Season
13 – 2006
13 – 1975
11 – 2003
10 – 2007
9 – 2005
9 – 1977
TRIO OF100-YARD RUSHERS: A trio of Razorbacks found plenty of running room in Arkansas’ win over North Texas. The Hogs’ tailback tandem of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones were joined by junior-college transfer Brandon Barnett for a trio of 100-yard rushing efforts.
McFadden reeled off his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season and the 16th of his career. The junior from Little Rock rolled up 138 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.
Jones notched his third 100-yard game of the season with 132 yards on seven-impressive carries. His efforts were highlighted by a sideline-stepping 71-yard-touchdown run. Barnett received his first rushing attempts in a Razorback uniform and ripped off 105 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. Peyton Hillis wasn’t far of the 100-yard mark with 66 yards on 11 carries.
The last time Arkansas boasted three 100-yard rushers was in the 2005 season opener when Jones (137), Hillis (135) and De’Arrius Howard (120) accomplished the feat. UA also did it in 2001’s seven-overtime win at Ole Miss when Matt Jones (110), Cedric Cobbs (100) and Fed Talley (113) did it. The only other time the Hogs have had three 100-yard rushers was in Arkansas’ 1993 win over LSU in Baton Rouge. In the victory, Oscar Malone (143), Carlton Calvin (123) and Marius Johnson (106) turned the trick.
FANTASTIC FRESHMAN: PK Alex Tejada made quite an impression during his first six games in cardinal and white. The Springdale, Ark., native is 10 for 12 on field goals attempts and is 26 of 27 on extra point attempts to account for 56 points. He currently ranks tied for 13th in the country in field goals per game (1.67) and ranks tied for 27th nationally in scoring (9.33). 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). Tejada is 4 for 4 from 20-29 yards, 4 for 4 from 30-39 yards and 2 for 4 from 40 and beyond.
Tejada’s 47-yard field goal vs. Chattanooga was a career long and the longest for any Razorback since David Carlton hit from 47 against Tennessee on Oct. 5, 2002. The last field goal longer than Tejada’s 47-yarder was Matt Swartz’s 49-yarder against Southwest Missouri State on Sept. 2, 2000.
100-YARD RETURN: Jerell Norton’s 100-yard interception return for a touchdown against North Texas is a UA school record, surpassing Orlando Watters 99-yard return vs. LSU in 1993. It is just the 11th 100-yard interception return for a touchdown in SEC history and just the second since 1968. Prior to Norton’s return, LSU’s Greg Jackson had the last 100-yard interception return in the SEC in 1988. It is the fourth 100-yard interception return in the bowl subdivision this season and just the 79th in NCAA history.
BIG NUMBERS AGAINST THE MEAN GREEN: The 66 points scored against North Texas was the sixth-highest figure in school history and the most in a non-overtime game since 1928 (73-0 win over Texas Southwestern). The 45-first-half points were the most for a Arkansas team in the Houston Nutt era (1998-present). UA also generated 713 yards of total offense against the Mean Green, which is the second-highest figure in school history. The record is 859 yards against Pittsburg (Kan.) State in 1936. The 713 yards of total offense was also the third-highest total in college football this season.
PROTECT THIS HOUSE: Home field advantage has been good to the Razorbacks, especially during the Houston Nutt Era. Arkansas is tied with Florida for the second-most SEC home wins since 1998 with 50. The Hogs are 50-17 (.746) in games played at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville and War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Arkansas is 21-2 in Little Rock and 29-15 in Fayetteville in that 10-year span under Coach Nutt. (See chart at bottom right of page 4).
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 141 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 235 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 87 of Nutt’s 117 games (.744) as head coach. Arkansas is 39-13 mark (.750) in game where they score 20 points or more over the last seven seasons.
100 AND COUNTING FOR NUTT: The Razorbacks’ game against Vanderbilt last fall was the 100th in the 10-year career of Hog boss Houston Nutt. He owns a 70-47 (.598) career record at Arkansas. Nutt is just the third coach in school history to coach 100 games (currently 117) 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 117 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) 117
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 had caught at least one pass in each of his 36 career games before playing just one snap vs. Auburn last week.
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
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 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, South Florida and Michigan’s 5-0 records. 10.
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