Arkansas hammers Mississippi State

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Tyler Wilson made sure Arkansas didn’t stumble on its way to Baton Rouge. Anything but.


The Razorbacks quarterback had a school-record 32 completions as No. 6 Arkansas defeated Mississippi State 44-17 on Saturday.

Wilson finished 32 of 43 for 365 yards and three TDs.

The win is the seventh in a row for the Razorbacks (10-1, 6-1), who travel to No. 1 Louisiana State University next week for a game with conference and national title implications.

It also clinched the first back-to-back 10-win seasons since 1988-89 for Arkansas, which completed its first undefeated season at home since 1999.



In Oxford, Miss., Ron Brooks returned an interception for a touchdown 28 seconds into the game and the Tigers never looked back, piling up 353 yards rushing.

The Tigers (11-0, 7-0), who matched their best start since 1958, built a 35-3 halftime lead.

Quarterback Jordan Jefferson started his second consecutive game, completing 7 of 7 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. Alfred Blue led the Tigers with 74 rushing yards while Spencer Ware added 70 yards and a touchdown.

Ole Miss (2-9, 0-7) has lost six in a row and a school-
record 13 consecutive conference games.



In Gainesville, Fla., the Gators allowed a season-high 22 points in the first quarter before storming back behind a career-best four touchdown passes from John Brantley to secure a win.

The win by the Gators (6-5) made them bowl eligible to participate in their 21st consecutive post-season game.

The win was tougher than expected over the Paladins (6-5), a Football Championship Subdivision team. Furman held a 196-72 advantage in total yards after one quarter, but Florida dominated the final three quarters and finished with 453 total yards to 446 for the Paladins.



In Auburn, Ala., Auburn survived a scare from Samford, but reeled off 14 consecutive points in the fourth quarter to close out a 19-point win.

Clint Moseley, not usually known for his rushing capabilities, took a quarterback keeper 22 yards for the score with 11:28 remaining to give Auburn (7-4) the breathing room it would need.

The Tigers added a
10-yard touchdown run from Onterio McCalebb with 2:17 to go for the final margin.



In Knoxville, Tenn., Eric Gordon intercepted a pass by Jordan Rodgers and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown in overtime as Tennessee escaped Vanderbilt.

The officials ruled Gordon’s knee touched the ground at the Vols 10 but overturned it on review.

A 20-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Chris Boyd gave Vanderbilt a 21-14 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The Vols attempted a field goal on fourth-and-goal at the 5 on the next drive, but Sean Richardson was penalized for running into kicker Michael Palardy.

Tennessee went for it on its second chance, and Tyler Bray passed to Da’Rick Rogers to tie it at 21 with 6:27 to play.



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