FAYETTEVILLE, Ark – Saturday brings another game day on the Hill and this week familiar faces make their way back to Donald W. Reynolds Stadium.
The Arkansas Razorbacks will host former Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino’s Missouri State Bears Saturday, September 17 with a 6 p.m. kickoff.
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The Razorbacks win 38-27 in what was a massive comeback effort. KJ Jefferson ended the game with 385 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT through the air and rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown. Raheim Sanders also helped the Hogs in a massive way with 167 yards and a touchdown run.
Up next, the Hogs take on Texas A&M at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Saturday September 24.
Missouri State opened the 4th quarter by taking advantage of field position and Jose Pizano increased the Bears’ lead with a 31-yard field goal to put them up 27-17.
The Razorbacks answered immediately when KJ Jefferson hit Raheim Sanders with a shuttle pass and Sanders took it to the house for a 73-yard score on the 2nd play of the drive to close the gap and bring the Hogs back within 3, making the score 27-24.
Arkansas’s defense responded and stepped up in a big way in the ensuing possession with back-to-back sacks causing a loss of 12 yards for the Bears.
The Hogs then got the exact shot in the arm they needed when Bryce Stephens scored on an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown to put the Hogs in the lead for the first time in the game 31-27 lead.
Momentum continued in the Razorbacks favor after a tough stop on defense and the offense responded by scoring to give the Hogs breathing room. KJ Jefferson rushed in for a 1-yard touchdown to make the game 38-27 with 1:39 left in the game.
Arkansas took possession of the ball to start off the 2nd half and 3 plays into their drive, KJ Jefferson threw an interception to give the ball back to the Bears.
After turning the ball over, the Hogs defense stepped up and forced the Bears to punt. The offense responded by taking advantage of penalties by the Bears and moved the ball to the Missouri State 9-yard-line.
Cam Little kicked a 27-yard field goal and the Razorbacks tied the game at 17.
In the next drive, after being forced into a 4th & 1, Jason Shelley hit Tyrone Scott for a 47-yard score to put the Bears back up 24-17.
Missouri State began the 2nd quarter in control of the football and ended up increasing their lead after Jose Pizano kicked a 28-yard field goal to increase the Bears lead to 10-0.
Arkansas followed up Missouri State’s scoring possession and still can’t get anything going as they face another 3-and-out situation.
The Bears once again took advantage as quarterback Jason Shelley scored on a 24-yard touchdown run with 10 minutes left in the 2nd to make the score 17-0 Bears.
Arkansas’s offense finally came to life as Raheim Sanders took over and eventually scored on a 3-yard run to make the score 17-7 Missouri State.
The Razorbacks defense took advantage of penalties by Missouri State and managed to get the ball back with 1:37 left in the half.
KJ Jefferson completed a 47-yard strike to Matt Landers and then a 38-yard pass to Jadon Haselwood for a touchdown making the score 17-14 Missouri State.
The Bears started the game with possession of the football, before punting the ball away to the Razorbacks who punted the ball away after a quick 3-and-out.
With 7:17 left in the 1st quarter KJ Jefferson fumbled the ball after an 8-yard run and turned possession back over to the Bears.
Missouri State took immediate advantage and drove down to the Hogs 5-yard line and eventually scored on a run by Jacardia Wright to take the lead 7-0.
After trailing early, the Hogs immediately bounced back when KJ Jefferson hit Ketron Jackson on a 64-yard bomb that brought the ball to the Missouri St. 1. On the ensuring play, however, Raheim Sanders fumbled the ball and it was recovered by the Bears defense.
The hogs are ready for the Bears despite Safety Myles Slusher not dressing out
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Lucky for Arkansas fans in Fayetteville the weather is sunny and clear.
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