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Missed Opportunities Mar LSU in Shutout Loss
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Published: November 15, 2014, 10:13 PM (CT)
Updated: November 16, 2014, 09:59 AM (CT)
by Todd Politz (@tpolitz), Director of Digital Media

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- LSU missed two field goals and fumbled inside the Arkansas redzone, as the Tigers lost to Arkansas on Saturday in frigid Reynolds Razorback Stadium, 17-0.

LSU (7-4, 3-4 SEC) held the Hogs to a season-low 264 yards of total offense but couldn't take advantage of limited opportunities on offense. The Tigers - who played without offensive guard Vadal Alexander and running back Kenny Hilliard, and lost center Elliott Porter in the first half to an injury - found little running room against the Razorbacks and weren't able to piece together a consistent passing attack.

Arkansas (5-5, 1-5 SEC) snapped a 17-game SEC losing streak dating to 2012. The Razorbacks were 10-of-17 on third down and outgained LSU, 264-123.

LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings was 12-of-22 passing for 87 yards, while Terrence Magee had a team-high 24 rushing yards. Travin Dural's five catches for 46 yards were a team-high.

Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Allen led his team to victory by completing 16-of-27 passes for 169 yards. Junior running back Jonathan Williams rushed 18 times for 55 yards while sophomore Alex Collins added 16 carries for 46 yards. Each scored a touchdown. Hunter Henry was Allen's top target with four catches for 54 yards, while AJ Derby added 36 yards on four catches.

The 33-degree game-time temperature was the second-lowest recorded for an LSU football game since 1961.

LSU returns to action at 6:30 p.m. CT on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 27, when the Tigers travel to face Texas A&M. The game will be broadcast by ESPN.

First-Half Blow-by-Blow

LSU won the coin toss and deferred its decision until the second half. Arkansas elected to take the opening kickoff with its back to the south endzone.

After Williams earned a first down with a pair of runs, Allen pitched to wide receiver Korliss Marshall who came in motion and took the ball around the left end for 14 yards before being stopped by LSU safety Jalen Mills before reaching open field. Allen managed to rid himself of the ball just in time for a 16-yard catch over the middle by tight end Hunter Henry to the LSU 33. A short screen pass to Marshall on third-and-8 was good for 14 yards to the LSU 17, but LSU's defense stopped the pursuit and forced a 32-yard field goal by Adam McFain.

Arkansas led 3-0 with 10:26 remaining in the first quarter.

LSU's first drive of the game was doomed by a snap over the head of Jennings that the quarterback chased down at the LSU 3 for a loss of 27 yards. Jamie Keehn entered for a 45-yard punt.

The Razorbacks went three-and-out quickly when LSU defensive tackle Davon Godchaux pressured Allen and wide receiver Jeremy Sprinkle dropped a pass down the field. Arkansas punted for the first time, pinning LSU at its 9 with a 36-yard effort by Sam Irwin-Hill.

A 9-yard run by Jennings on the ensuing drive was good for a first down, and Darrel Williams added a 4-yard run for a first downs on third-and-1 to the LSU 32. However, a sack of Jennings on the following play put LSU behind on down and distance and the Tigers punted from its 25.

Arkansas need 15 plays to travel 59 yards and score the only touchdown of the first half, a 1-yard run by Williams on third-and-goal. Allen looked in the direction of Derby six times during the drive and connected on three of the passes for 23 yards and a pair of first downs. On third-and-14 from the LSU 15, LSU cornerback Tre'Davious White was flagged for pass interference against Henry at the 5-yard line. The penalty proved costly and Arkansas led 10-0 with 8:40 left in the half.

LSU's attempt to answer started when Arkansas kicked off out of bounds, giving the Tigers positive field position at its 35. A 5-yard scamper on third-and-3 by Jennings and another 5-yard run by Terrence Magee each were good for first downs to the Arkansas 41. Jennings then overcame a false start penalty with an 11-yard pass to Dural on third-and-5 from the Hogs 36. Three plays later, Dural was grabbed by Arkansas cornerback Henre' Toliver and flagged for pass interference on third-and-6. LSU managed only three yards to setup a Colby Delahoussaye 27-yard field goal. However, he pushed the kick to the right from the left hash.

Despite a 15-play, 55-yard drive that took 6:59, LSU came away empty.

In the final 101 seconds, Arkansas worked its way into LSU territory with an 18-yard catch by Jared Cornelius, but linebacker Deion Jones nearly intercepted a pass on the next play and the he and Kendell Beckwith stuffed Marshall for a 5-yard loss on the second-down play.

Arkansas took one shot down the field before running to the lockerroom with a 10-0 lead.

Second-Half Blow-by-Blow

The teams traded punts without gaining a first down on the first two drives of the second half. LSU had a chance to change the momentum of the game on Arkansas's drive when defensive end Jermauria Rasco ripped the ball from Williams' hands at the Arkansas 19. However, LSU wasn't able to pick up the ball before it rolled out of bounds, allowing the Hogs to get off easy.

On LSU's second possession of the second half, Magee found room up the middle for 12 yards to the Arkansas 44 on the first play. On third-and-5, Jennings overthrew tight end DeSean Smith but Arkansas safety Rohan Gaines was flagged for targeting and was ejected from the game. Though the 15-yard penalty gave LSU first down at the Arkansas 24, Jennings was sacked on third down and Delahoussaye's 47-yard attempt was well short.

Arkansas overcame a personal foul and second-and-22 with a 17-yard catch by Sprinkle and a 29-yard catch-and-run by Henry to the LSU 36. Again, LSU's defense stepped up to the challenge, as defensive tackle Christian LaCouture sacked Allen on third-and-9 to force a punt.

Pinned at its 6, LSU wasn't able to escape and punted after gaining five yards on a pass to John Diarse on third down.

With a short field starting at its 45, Arkansas seized momentum with a 12-play, 55-yard touchdown drive that spanned the third and fourth quarters. The Hogs converted third downs of 1, 7, 11 and 1 yards to push its lead to 17-0 with 11:03 remaining in the contest. Collins gained the final third down with a third-and-1 run for a 5-yard touchdown.

LSU went to the air in an attempt to get back into the game, but it was a running play that foiled the Tigers productive drive. Jennings completed passes of 6 and 8 yards to Malachi Dupre and Dural for a first down before running 13 yards up the middle for another to the Arkansas 48. Three-straight passes were completed for 21 yards to setup second-and-2 from the Hogs 27. Jennings' gained enough yards on a designed run to move the chains but fumbled to Arkansas at the 19.

A quick three-and-out by Arkansas gave LSU possession at its 20 but the Tigers were unable to gain a first down after four passes.

Arkansas ran out the clock before sprinting to the LSU sideline to take possession of the Golden Boot. Fans streamed onto the field though event management took down the goal posts in advance of the stampede.

Announced attendance was 70,165.

 

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