SEC Digital Network
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Four quarters was not enough to settle things between Arkansas and Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon, but the Bulldogs only needed one overtime period to escape with a 24-17 win over the Razorbacks. The Bulldogs (5-6, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) started off the overtime with a touchdown drive, and an interception by Taveze Calhoun on the ensuing Arkansas (3-8. 0-7) possession sealed the deal.
The two teams went into the half knotted at 10 apiece, and MSU was forced to play without its starting running back LaDarius Perkins after he took a big shot to the ribs on a touchdown reception in the second quarter. Josh Robinson filled in admirably for the Bulldogs, however, running for 101 yards on 17 attempts in Perkins’ absence to carry the load for MSU.
Arkansas found success on the ground, running for 234 yards on 5.3 yards per carry as a team. The Bulldogs also ran the ball well, though, finishing with 166 yards on 4.6 carries behind the big effort from Robinson.
Mississippi State had an opportunity to steal the win in regulation, but a 42-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right in the final minute of the fourth quarter.
Tyler Russell had a solid outing for Mississippi State, finishing with a pair of touchdown passes to go along with 263 yards through the air.
Passing – Brandon Allen, 9-for-14, 114 yards
Rushing – Jonathan Williams, 7 car, 58 yards
Receiving – Jeremy Sprinkle, 1 rec, 44 yards
Passing – Tyler Russell, 18-for-28, 263 yards, 2 TD, INT
Rushing – Josh Robinson, 17 carries, 101 yards
Receiving – Jameon Lewis, 6 rec, 94 yards, TD
• Saturday’s win was the first ever for Mississippi State over the Razorbacks in the state of Arkansas. Prior to today, the Bulldogs were 0-9-1 in Arkansas.
• MSU has beaten Arkansas in consecutive meetings for the first time since winning three straight in 1916, 1939 and 1992.
• With the win, Dan Mullen’s team snapped a three-game losing streak.