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Jefferson with career-high 4 TD passes in Rome 45-3 in Arkansas

Little Rock, Ark. (NWN) — Sophomore quarterback KJ Jefferson threw for a career-high four touchdowns, all coming before halftime, as Arkansas scored 45 first and beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 45-3 on Saturday.

Arkansas desperately needed a bounce on the heels of a three-game losing streak against Southeastern Conference foes, and got it on Saturday at the expense of the Golden Lions (1-6).

The Razorbacks (5-3) scored touchdowns on each of their first two assets and made big plays in all three stages — offense, defense and special teams — breaking that losing streak in grand style.

Treylon Burks, a junior wide receiver, caught two TD passes from Jefferson and also did a 49-yard sweep to the right for the Razorbacks’ second touchdown.

In the first half, the Razorbacks covered 426 yards of total offense, 232 of which were on the ground. For the game, he finished with 504 yards (291 running, 213 passing).

But Razorback showed up in other areas.

Miles Slusher blocked a pass in the end zone at the start of the second quarter to prevent a potential UAPB scoring threat. This set up a 95-yard drive that ended with an 18-yard TD pass from Jefferson to the Berks, giving the Razorbacks a 24–0 lead.

Arkansas’ defense then forced a punt on the next series. Nathan Parody fielded the punt on his own 20, reversed his field to the right and dashed into the end zone for 80 yards, the first time since 2011 that the Razorbacks returned a punt for a touchdown.

Jefferson threw his last two touchdown passes within the last three minutes of the opening half, which began with a 29-yard strike for freshman Ketron Jackson.

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Then with just a minute to go before halftime, at fourth-down from UAPB 39, Jefferson threw it deep, a streaking Burks caught it for a near 10 run and untouched it to put the finishing touches on Sterling. kept. First half for Arkansas.

For the game, Jefferson completed 17 of 10 passes for 194 yards, all in the opening half.

Jefferson’s first TD went to the Razorbacks’ early possession Blake Kern for 18 yards on the tight end as he covered 65 yards in six plays and took a lead of just 1:22 in the game.

The second half was played with two quarters of 12 minutes each. UAPB received their only points on a 32-yard field goal by Jack Piwinzka with 6:34 remaining.

It was Arkansas’ first appearance at War Memorial Stadium in two years, after the Razorbacks’ annual attendance at Little Rock last season was wiped out by COVID-19.

Saturday also marked the first time Arkansas hosted an in-state rivalry since 1944, a win against the then-Arkansas A&M (now Arkansas-Monticello). But it won’t be the last time Arkansas plays at State, as the Razorbacks plan to play UAPB again in 2024, as well as Arkansas State next season.


Arkansas-Pine Bluff visits Texas Southern on October 30.

Arkansas has a goodbye week, then dives back into the SEC, hosting the state of Mississippi on Nov. 6.


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