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Hogs Hold On For 31-28, Become Bowl Eligible For First Time Since 2016

Mississippi State v Arkansas Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.— It took a game winning touchdown drive with 21 seconds remaining by the Hogs and a missed field goal by Mississippi State as time expired for Arkansas to hold on for a victory at home. The victory gives Arkansas their third win over a top 25 team this season.

This is the first SEC victory for Arkansas since the last Saturday of September against Texas A&M. The victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday made the Razorbacks bowl eligible for the first time since 2016.

The Razorbacks got off fast offensively with a 10-0 lead behind a Cam Little 46 yard field goal and one yard touchdown run by Dominique Johnson. Little would extend the Razorback lead with another field goal this time from 48 yards out to go up 13-0.

The Mississippi State offense found their mojo midway through the second quarter. Will Rogers found Jaden Walley in the back of the endzone for a touchdown to cut the Razorback lead to six points before halftime.

Rogers would throw for another touchdown to begin the third quarter to Rara Thomas for a six yard touchdown. The extra point made it 14-13 as the Bulldogs took their first lead of the game.

Four minutes later, Little tacked on another three points for the Hogs with a career long 41 yard field goal to give the Razorbacks the lead back 16-14.

The fourth quarter started and both offense woke up. Both the Razorbacks and Bulldogs scored two touchdowns apiece. Rogers found Jo’quavious Marks for a 15 yard touchdown with 2:22 remaining in the fourth quarter for the go-ahead touchdown to make it a 28-23 Bulldog lead.

Rogers finished the day with 417 yards and 4 touchdowns on 36-of-48 passing.

KJ Jefferson put together a magical game winning touchdown drive going 6-of-7 for 45 yards and one rush for a five yard first down.

Jefferson had his most efficient day as a Razorback completing 19 of 23 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown.

Treylon Burks continues to display his greatness on the gridiron. He recorded 125 yards and one touchdown on nine touches. Burks has been the most dominant Razorback with the ball in his hands since Darren McFadden.

The Razorbacks will travel to Baton Rogue next Saturday to face LSU. With a win the Razorbacks can reach the seven regular season win total for the first time since 2016.