Thumbs up, thumbs down

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.

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.

More Stories