Arkansas Fights Back to Upset LSU

Robert RozborilContributor INovember 28, 2008

Both teams entered this week's game wanting a win after each suffered disappointing losses the previous week against Mississippi State (Arkansas) and Ole Miss (LSU).  LSU hasn't lost back-to-back games since 2002.

The Razorbacks came out charging, with freshman Nathan Dick at QB filling in for his brother Casey, who suffered a concussion in last week's loss against Mississippi State.  Another freshman, RB Dennis Johnson, ran in an opening-drive touchdown to give Arkansas an early lead.

The first quarter was all Arkansas, with Nathan Dick putting up a nearly flawless performance.  LSU couldn't seem to get anything going offensively.

But in the second quarter, the Tigers roared back and blanked the Razorbacks 20-0, making the score at the half 23-14 with LSU on top. 

The Hogs' offense simply fell apart in the second quarter.  Their defense, while managing to be somewhat successful against the run, couldn't seem to stop the onslaught brought on by LSU's offense, led by freshman QB Jordan Jefferson. 

Jefferson's strong arm and ground mobility proved to be a constant headache for Arkansas defenders all afternoon, as he ran the ball almost as much as he passed it.

LSU's blitz effectively shut down Nathan Dick, simultaneously eliminating Arkansas's running game.  The Razorbacks only managed three yards of total offense in the second quarter. 

In the third, the Tigers added one more touchdown to extend their lead to 16.  They would not score another point. 

The Razorbacks went to the QB they turned to all year, Casey Dick, to attempt a comeback.  He rose to the occasion. 

On Arkansas's second possession of the half, C. Dick threw a strike to freshman WR Jarius Wright for a huge touchdown for the Hogs. 

LSU had no answer on offense and thanks to some costly penalties charged to the Tigers' defense, Arkansas soon found themselves back in the red zone where they managed a field goal to make the score 30-24, LSU. 

Later, with over five minutes left in the game, the Razorbacks elected to go for it on fourth down inside the 30-yard-line and came up empty.  This could have been a crucial play, had LSU capitalized on it. 

The Razorbacks turned around and stopped LSU with more than two minutes left to score.  Some effective short passing plays set up Casey Dick for what ended up being the game-winning touchdown pass with just 21 seconds remaining. 

Arkansas picked up the extra point to put themselves ahead 30-31. 

However, Arkansas still had to kick off one last time and there was the ever-dangerous return man, Trindon Holliday, who racked up big return yards all day, lurking deep for LSU. 

This is likely why Arkansas's kicker decided to squib the kickoff, resulting in good field position for the Tigers, rather than bombing it deep into Tiger territory. 

This decision set LSU up for a last ditch attempt to pull off a victory.  After a couple of incomplete passes from Jefferson (one of which was disrupted by an official), Coach Miles made a bold move. 

He sent in the field-goal unit to try a 63-yarder into the wind with two seconds left!

The kick fell short, resulting in an ecstatic Arkansas crowd and an emotional Casey Dick who in his last game as an Arkansas Razorback, led his team back from a 16-point deficit to upset a powerful division rival in front of a home crowd in Little Rock.