LSU-Arkansas by the numbers

HOW THEY SCORED

Score by quarters

LSU 3  7 7 3 — 20

Arkansas 0 0 10 3 — 13

First quarter

LSU: Drew Alleman 49 field goal at 4:45. DRIVE: 4 plays, 8 yards, 1:46. KEY PLAYS: Tharold Simon intercepts Tyler Wilson at the LSU 39 and returns the ball to the AU 40. On third-and-4, Zach Mettenberger is stopped by Chris Smith for a gain of 2 on a scramble, leading to the field goal. LSU 3, UA 0.

Second quarter

LSU: Jarvis Landry 22 pass from Mettenberger at 1:12 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: 9-76-4:00. KEY PLAYS: Landry 11 pass from Mettenberger provides the initial first down of the possession. On third-and-4, personal foul penalty on UA bench gives LSU first down at UA 24. LSU 10, UA 0.

Third quarter

UA: John Henson 25 field goal at 10:32. DRIVE: 9-50-2:46. KEY PLAYS: On third-and-3, Cobi Hamilton 5 pass from Wilson to the LSU 46. Dennis Johnson 24 pass from Wilson to LSU 13. On third-and-10, Wilson stopped for 5 rush, leading to the field goal. LSU 10, UA 3.

LSU: Jeremy Hill 1 run at 9:03 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: 3-14-1:29. KEY PLAY: Michael Ford 86 kickoff return to the UA 14. LSU 17, UA 3.

UA: Mekale McKay 28 pass from Wilson at 5:52 (Henson kick). DRIVE: 7-74-3:11. KEY PLAYS: On third-and-8, Hamilton 18 pass from Wilson to the LSU 37. LSU 17, UA 10.

Fourth quarter

UA: Henson 17 field goal at 12:17. DRIVE: 10-79-3:37. KEY PLAYS: Knile Davis 22 pass from Wilson provides a first down at the UA 45. Jonathan Williams 37 pass from Wilson moves the ball to the LSU 9. On second-and-goal from the 1, Wilson pass incomplete to Morgan Linton. On third-and-goal, Wilson zero rush, leading to the field goal. LSU 17, UA 13.

LSU: Alleman 27 field goal at 1:26. DRIVE: 11-78-4:01. KEY PLAYS: Landry 11 pass from Mettenberger yields the initial first down at the LSU 24. On third-and-10 Odell Beckham Jr. 47 pass from Mettenberger moves the ball to the UA 17. On third-and-4, Ross Rasner and A.J. Turner stop Hill for 1 rush. LSU 20, UA 13.

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FINAL SCORE: LSU 20, UA 13.

RECORDS: LSU 10-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference, UA 4-8, 2-6.

ATTENDANCE: 71,117.

Les East

HOT TOPICS

ä GREAT CATCH:

The improving Jarvis Landry showed that he is now one of the receivers to watch this season. Landry made a leaping 22-yard touchdown reception in the back of the end zone in front of the goalpost to give LSU a 10-0 lead with 1:12 left in the first half. He had eight catches for 75 yards and one touchdwon.

ä AWESOME RETURN:

LSU junior Michael Ford was hit or miss with his three kickoff returns. His best return was when he knifed his way through the Arkansas special teams with an 86 yard return to set up a 1-yard TD run by Jeremy Hill in the third quarter.

ä PASSING DEFENSE WORRIES:

Despite making key plays to win the game, LSU’s passing defense continued its late-season slump. Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson completed 31 of 52 passes for 361 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Wilson shredded the LSU defense with short crossing patterns, which may have been a hint that the Tigers needed to play more zone in the secondary.

äSPECIAL TEAMS SUCCESS:
LSU placekicker Drew Alleman and punter Brad Wing were excellent against the Razorbacks. Alleman was 2 for 2 on field goals, including a career-best 49 yarder. Wing averaged 48.2 yards on six punts with a long of 69. His punts helped LSU win its field-position battle while the offense struggled.

Tweet talk

“LSU QB Zach Mettenberger said conditions as A&M’s Kyle Field were tough to throw bc of open endzone. Same here at Arkansas. Swirling wind.”

@BHollandSports. Brian Holland is a sports reporter/anchor for WBRZ.

“Arkansas recognizes its 22 seniors before game. Big cheer for Tyler Wilson. Stadium will only be about 2/3 full, though. #LSU”

@ScottRabalais. Scott Rabalais is a sportswriter
for The Advocate.

“#LSU has developed a knack for turning turnovers into field goals.”

@LesEast. Les East is a sportswriter for The Advocate.

“Despite the long trip for Fri. game, #LSU sold its allotment of 7,500 tickets for this game. Strong LSU contingent here. Kudos, Tiger fans.”

@ScottRabalais.

“Dennis Johnson is such a stud for Arkansas. Love counting the number of guys that ping off of him when he carriers the ball.”

@davidpollack47. David Pollack is a color analyst for ESPN College GameDay and
Thursday night football.

“4th & 1 & LSU is stuffed on a toss to the outside. LSU cant line up and run right down hill at Arkansas? Its Arkansas!”

@davidpollack47.

“Sam Montgomery and the Tigers turn away Arkansas again, and Defensive Coordinator John Chavis is the master of halftime adjustments.”

@DMoutonWWL. Doug Mouton is the sports director for WWL-TV in New Orleans.

“The best catch I have ever seen in college football. Geaux Tigers!!! WOW!!!”

@RealPeterson 21. Patrick Peterson is an ex-LSU star, now a DB for the Arizona Cardinals.

Pierce W. Huff

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ä JARVIS LANDRY: The maturation of Landry has been fun to watch the past few games. The sophomore receiver leaped high in the air to catch a ball in the back of the end zone in front of the goalposts for a 22-yard touchdown reception with 1:12 left in the second quarter. He finished with eight catches for 75 yards and one touchdown.

ä LSU SPECIAL TEAMS: LSU punter Brad Wing and placekicker Drew Alleman played their best game of the year collectively Friday. Wing averaged 48.2 yards on six punts, including a 69-yard blast. His punting helped LSU win the field-position battle while the offense struggled. Alleman was 2-for-2 on field goals, including a career-best 49-yarder.

ä MICHAEL FORD: Ford rumbled through the Arkansas special teams for a 86-yard kickoff return that set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Jeremy Hill in the third quarter. His other two kickoff returns were for a combined 4 yards, which shows you just how hit and miss he was.

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ä PASS DEFENSE: The LSU secondary was shredded again by another SEC quarterback. This time Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson was the culprit, completing 31 of 52 passes for 359 yards, one TD and one interception.

ä LSU RUSHING OFFENSE: In a game in which LSU coach Les Miles would have preferred to have his team just line up and run the ball against the Arkansas defense, the Tigers were ineffective. LSU rushed for 89 yards against Arkansas, which came into the game allowing an average of 127.3 yards (fifth in the SEC).

ä LSU’S SLOW START: It has been a tough season for Arkansas. First it was the Bobby Petrino scandal, which resulted in his firing before the season. Then, the team brought in a new coach John L. Smith and then the team only had four wins. Clearly the Razorbacks were ready for the season to end and were looking for a reason to quit in this game, but LSU’s early struggles gave the Razorbacks hope and made this victory tougher than it should have been.

THREE AND OUT

WHAT WE LEARNED

It’s hard to win on the road in the Southeastern Conference, no matter who you’re playing. That includes a downtrodden Arkansas team playing for nothing but pride. LSU seemed to be in control up 10-0 at the half and 17-3 early in the third quarter, but two Arkansas scores gave the Razorbacks momentum and gave the Tigers nervous knots until the game’s very last play.

TRENDING NOW

Here in Arkansas it’s Jon Gruden, the top player in the Razorbacks fans’ fantasy coaching draft. For LSU, it’s Jarvis Landry’s sensational one-handed touchdown catch in the back of the end zone just before halftime, sure to become an instant highlight staple on ESPN all weekend.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The little picture is one of an LSU team that was lucky to escape with a victory. The big picture is of a team that went 10-2 despite losing its most dynamic player before the season and 21 others for a game or for the season along the way. That LSU went 10-2 with so much upheaval and still has a chance to play for the SEC title is remarkable.

Scott Rabalais

3 Number of wins this season in which LSU was outgained in total yardage (Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Arkansas).

+6 Combined margin of victory for LSU in its four road games this season. The Tigers went 3-1 away from Baton Rouge.

6 Number of 10-win seasons for LSU in eight years under Les Miles. The Tigers have had 12 10-win seasons in their history.