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Friday, Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Ark.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Jarvis Landry helped LSU keep the SEC championship in reach with a 20-13 win over Arkansas on Friday. Now, the receiver and the rest of the No. 8 Tigers must sit back and wait while their next destination is played out elsewhere.
Landry’s spectacular, reaching, one-handed touchdown catch in the second quarter helped LSU (10-2, 6-2 Southeastern Conference) hold off Arkansas.
LSU must now hope for an Alabama loss to Auburn (not likely) and a Texas A&M victory against Missouri (very possible) on Saturday in order to win the SEC West and earn a trip to the SEC title game. Even without a division crown, LSU could still get an at-large bid to the BCS.
“We’ll take the next day and a half or so and watch TV tomorrow and be excited about it, and move forward and see how things go,” LSU coach Les Miles said.
Zach Mettenberger passed for 217 yards and hooked up with Landry for the play of the day with 1:12 left in the first half to put LSU up 10-0. The Tigers were outgained 462-306 in total yardage.
STARS OF THE GAME
ä LSU WR Jarvis Landry made perhaps the most spectacular play of the season and one that was pretty important to the outcome as well. The Tigers had struggled to a 3-0 lead late in the second quarter and were on the verge of settling for a field goal attempt after reaching the Arkansas 22. On third-and-8, Zach Mettenberger fired a pass to the back of the end zone, and Landry leaped backward, reached up and snared the football with one hand. He barely landed in bounds, giving LSU a 10-0 halftime lead. Landry finished with eight catches for 75 yards.
ä P Brad Wing averaged 48.2 yards on six punts and helped LSU hang on to the lead throughout the second half. The Razorbacks were within one score most of the second half, but Wing helped turn field position in the Tigers’ favor until the offense could muster a late field-goal drive that extended the lead back to seven points.
ä LB Lamin Barrow overcame a knee injury to lead LSU with 12 tackles, including seven solo ones. He also forced a fumble that defensive tackle Chancey Aghayere receovered at the Tigers’ 2 on the first possession of the game. Barrow left the game in the third quarter after hyperextending a knee but later returned.
ä Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson kept his team in the game in his final performance, going 31 of 52 for 359 yards, a TD and an interception. He set the school mark for career passing yards (7,765).
ä LSU was clinging to a 17-13 and facing third-and-10 at its 36 late in the fourth quarter. Odell Beckham Jr. caught a sideline pass from Mettenberger for the first down, then broke a tackle and turned the play into a 47-yard gain that enabled the Tigers to run more clock and push the lead to seven points on Drew Alleman’s 27-yard field goal. Beckham finished with 112 yards on four catches.
ä Chat with Advocate sportswriter Les East at 3 p.m.
ä Listen to a podcast with Advocate sportswriter Scott Rabalais by 5 p.m.
ä Chat about the national bowl picture with Advocate sportswriter Ted Lewis at 3 p.m.
ä Listen to the college football predictions edition of the ‘Final Score’ podcast by 10 a.m.
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