By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Arkansas was on the road in the northeastern part of the country for the first time since 1940, and the Razorbacks lost a close one to Rutgers, 28-24. The Scarlet Knights rallied for a 14-point fourth quarter, scoring the game-winning touchdown with just over five minutes to play.
Arkansas (3-1) got out to a 10-0 lead early on thanks to a 26-yard interception return to the end zone by Tevin Mitchel. Rutgers would answer before the half, as Gary Nova struck for a 15-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Kroft, making it 10-7 at the half.
Arkansas put up two quick scores in the third, the first coming on a 17-yard pass from AJ Derby to Javontee Herndon, and the second coming on a 21-yard pass from Jonathan Williams to Hunter Henry on a halfback pass.
Despite holding a 24-7 lead, the Razorbacks were unable to hold on for the win. Rutgers rallied off three consecutive scores, two of which came in the fourth quarter, and Arkansas tasted defeat for the first time in 2013.
Rutgers played stout against Arkansas’ powerful rushing attack, limiting the SEC’s best ground game just over 100 yards on the day.
Passing – AJ Derby, 14-for-26, 137 yards, TD
Rushing – Alex Collins, 16 car, 63 yards
Receiving – Keon Hatcher, 4 rec, 45 yards
Passing – Gary Nova, 22-for-43, 346 yards, 3 TD, INT
Rushing – Paul James, 17 car, 80 yards
Receiving – Tyler Kroft, 6 rec, 133 yards, TD
• The last time Arkansas played in the northeast, the year was 1940 and their opponent was Fordham.
• Rutgers won the fourth quarter against Arkansas by a score of 14-0. Prior to today, the Razorbacks had not allowed a point in their first three fourth quarters.