LSU Football: Winners and Losers from the Week 13 Game vs. Arkansas

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent INovember 26, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - NOVEMBER 23:  Zach Mettenberger #8 hands off the ball to Jeremy Hill #33 of the LSU Tigers talks during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on November 23, 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 20-13.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The LSU Tigers certainly didn't play their best game of the season against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday.

But in the end, despite a lackluster performance on both sides of the ball, Les Miles' team squeaked out a 20-13 victory over the Razorbacks. The win kept the Tigers' SEC Championship hopes alive, although that has since changed after Alabama demolished Auburn in the Iron Bowl.

Jarvis Landry had one of the top catches of the year in Saturday's game, but who were some of the other studs and duds from this SEC matchup?

Let's go ahead and break down five winners and losers from LSU's win over Arkansas.


Winner: Jarvis Landry

As mentioned earlier, Landry was fantastic in this contest.

The sophomore wide receiver hauled in a team-best eight catches for 75 yards in the win.

His incredible, reaching, one-handed touchdown catch late in the first half helped seal the win for Les Miles' team. It will also be a finalist in the top plays from college football this season.

Zach Mettenberger has developed a great connection with Landry, and it should only continue to get better with time.


Loser: Arkansas wide receivers not named Cobi Hamilton

Arkansas senior wide receiver Cobi Hamilton is a stud out on the football field, make no doubt about it. But outside of Hamilton, this Arkansas receiving corps was awful on Saturday.

In Tyler Wilson's final game wearing an Arkansas uniform, his receivers certainly didn't help out the record-setting receiver, dropping several key passes and failing to create any type of separation late in the game when Hamilton was hobbled with an injury.

Hamilton had a game-high 10 catches for 98 yards, but after that, the leading receiver on Arkansas' roster was Mekale McKay, who totaled just two catches for 45 yards.

If this team is going to improve once Wilson and Hamilton are gone, they are going to have to get better play at the wide receiver position.

That is for sure.


Winner: Tyler Wilson

It hasn't been an easy season for Arkansas's football team by any means.

But one of the few bright spots this season, and especially in this game, is senior quarterback Tyler Wilson.

Despite several drops from wide receivers, Wilson was still exceptional in this game, completing 31 of 52 passes for 359 yards and a touchdown.

Wilson is a sure-bet NFL draft pick in this April's draft, and he showed why that is with his performance on Saturday against LSU's suffocating defense.


Loser: Arkansas Special Teams

This unit was anything but "special" in Saturday's 20-13 loss to LSU.

Where do we even began with how poor this unit played.

For starters, junior kicker Zach Hocker was 0-of-2 on field-goal attempts and was actually replaced by backup John Henson midway through the game.

As bad as that was, the return game was even worse.

Arkansas returned two punts, both of which went backward for negative yardage. It total, the Razorbacks' two returns totaled minus-seven yards, which is just downright pathetic.

But yes, that's not it. The return coverage was just as bad.

When Arkansas needed a desperate stop, Michael Ford, who has been near invisible for LSU this year, returned a kickoff 86 yards, which set up a Tigers' score and ultimately sealed the game from there.

If there was a grade lower than an "F", this Arkansas special teams unit would certainly receive it.


Winner: Odell Beckham Jr.

This kid can flat-out fly, and his elite speed was on display yet again in the Tigers' win over Arkansas on Saturday.

Beckham Jr. had just four catches in this game, which is good, but nothing to gawk about. However, those four catches were good for 112 yards, an average of 28 yards per catch, which is simply fantastic.

Beckham Jr.'s 47-yard catch-and-run late in the game helped seal the victory for LSU in this one.

He is simply a pleasure to watch out on the football field for LSU. 


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