Tuesday, September 27, 2022

ot. Defense advances opportunistic Arkansas ahead of LSU 16-13 in

Baton Rouge, LA (NWN) — Arkansas coach Sam Pittman wasn’t concerned about the style point. He was happy to take the Razorbacks’ first win over LSU since 2015, however it came.

Arkansas’ Cam Little kicked a 37-yard field goal in overtime after LSU freshman quarterback Garrett Nusmeyer was intercepted by Monterick Brown earlier in extra period, and the Razorbacks went on to take home the “Golden Boot” on Saturday night. Beat Tigers 16-13. trophy

“Such a tough game. It was ugly, beautiful and in-between,” Pittman said. “It wasn’t pretty, but we kept fighting. When that ball went uphill, it was one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen. ,

Nussmeier, who has been a backup this entire season, replaced Max Johnson to start the game after two worthless possessions and completed 18 of 31 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown. But the promise he showed was overshadowed by his two inhibitions.

Nussmeier’s overtime turnover came on a fade pass from Arkansas 8.

“It’s on me,” Nusmeyer said. “I have to play and be smart in overtime. I can’t turn the ball.”

After that, Arkansas needed just one field goal to win and it was set by KJ Jefferson with three QB keepers.

Jefferson passed to run back to Dominic Johnson for 142 yards and a touchdown, who slipped open behind LSU’s defense for a 43-yard touchdown, while Jefferson was scrambling after spinning away from blitzing linebacker Damon Clark. .

“I knew they were bringing the pressure, so I had to miss a guy,” Jefferson said. “Then I gave Johnson a good ball and he did the rest.”

That scoring game, which tied the game at 10, came after a series of missed opportunities by LSU.

With the Tigers still leading 10-3 in the third quarter, Clark sacked Jefferson from LSU 38 on fourth and four – a play that had the potential to put LSU in control of the game if the offense could be cashed in. Is. But the Tigers stalled at Arkansas 38 and Cade York’s 55-yard field goal effort fell short.

Jefferson’s TD strike came on Arkansas’ next series, and it got worse for the Tigers when Nussmeyer threw his first interception.

Arkansas (7-3, 3-3 SEC) pushed a fake field goal to put down the first in a 54-yard attempt. Instead, holder Reid Bauer held the snap and ran around the left end for a 23-yard advantage for LSU 13, setting up Little’s 27-yard field goal for a 13–10 Arkansas lead late in the third quarter.

LSU is tied on 13 with 10:53 remaining on York’s 45-yard field goal.

Tyrion Davis-Price has run 28 times for 106 yards for LSU (4-6, 2-5), which has had three straight losses.

Nusmeyer’s lone touchdown pass, from 29 yards, came as he walked away from the blazing safety, who flung, rolled to the left, and made a pass high behind the end zone, where tight end Jack Bech made a jump. Felt and touched one toe. Limit

questionable judgment

The Tigers were on the verge of widening a 10-3 lead when they marched from their own 44 to Arkansas 18 in three plays in the second quarter, only to opt for a straight snap running back Tyrion Davis Price. When Davis-Price was unable to capture the picture, there was a lost rumble in the play.

Orgeron looked angrily, shouting demonstrably on the sidelines to aggressive assistants about the missed opportunity.

“I just didn’t think it was great for us to have Ty Davis back in the Wildcats; we never did it all year,” Orgeron said of the play called by first-year offensive coordinator Jake Peetz. He added, ‘It messed up and we could have gone up 17-3. I wish I had that call back.’

If Organon feared that the mistake would return to haunt the Tigers, he was right.

“We had a lot of chances to play to win this football match,” said Orgeron. “But then, you have to find a way to do it. They did. We didn’t.”


Arkansas: While the offense generally struggled, Jefferson’s ability to extend plays several times by slipping the catch of pass rushers allowed Hoggs to eventually capitalize on a strong defensive performance. Jefferson wound up leading Arkansas on 15 carriages for 41 yards.

LSU: LSU has lost six games for the first time since 1999 and is one loss away from its first losing season since that same year—a year before Nick Saban left Michigan State to take over at LSU in 2000.


Arkansas: Visiting No. 3 Alabama on November 20.

LSU: Hosts Louisiana-Monroe on November 20.


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