Gamer: Ole Miss falls, 42-27, in Arkansas at Fayetteville

Fayetteville, Ark. In what could be considered a classic trap game, Ole Miss walked straight into it.

After losing to Alabama a week ago and with rival Mississippi State on hold in five days, the Rebels were ready to be knocked out and they were on a cold night in Fayetteville.

The Rebels committed 12 penalties, including two very costly ones, and missed chances all night as Arkansas beat Ole Miss, 42-27.

Arkansas’ Raheim “Rocket” Sanders ran 232 yards to add to the Ole Miss nightmare.

First half

It didn’t take long for the whiplash effect to hit Ole Miss. In the first quarter, Arkansas mounted a 69-yard drive and a 73-yard drive to take a 14-0 lead. The only thing that dampened the onslaught was a 45-yard field goal from Jonathan Cruz that cut the lead to 14-3 late in the first period.

The second quarter was no better as the Razorbacks beat Ole Miss 21-3 to take a 35-6 halftime lead.

It actually wasn’t as lopsided at the break as the scoreline indicated at the time, as Ole Miss had scored two touchdowns, but watched as each was canceled by penalty.

Since the first half loss to Liberty two weeks ago, the Hogs had allowed just one touchdown in the last eight quarters.

Second part

Arkansas took the ball to start the third quarter and two plays into the half, Sanders ran for a 68-yard touchdown deep inside the defense. Before the Rebels touched the ball in the second half, they were trailing 42-6.

Ole Miss tried to get back on the ensuing possession, but after Quinshon Judkins ran for a nice win, the Razorbacks dropped the ball and Arkansas fell on the fumble.

Midway through the third quarter, Ole Miss had another chance for a touchdown, but a fourth pass attempt from Jaxson Dart to Malik Heath went incomplete to keep the Rebels out of the end zone.

Ole Miss had the Razorbacks stopped on the next possession, but as KJ Jefferson was tackled to force a punt situation, Otis Reese seemingly punched the ball after the whistle sounded to extend the journey. On the next play, the Rebs were called for a pass interference penalty to give the ball to Arkansas at the Rebels’ 44.

Fortunately, Arkansas was unable to capitalize on mistakes and were forced to return the ball and Ole Miss took over at their own 4 with less than two minutes left in the third quarter.

Judkins got the Rebels out of trouble with a 60-yard rush that eclipsed the school record for rushing in a season.

Finally in the fourth quarter, Ole Miss entered the end zone as Judkins exploded from a yard. The practice covered 96 yards in nine plays.

Judkins finished with 214 yards on the night. He now has 1,385 yards this year, breaking the record of 1,312 set by Kayo Dottley in 1949.

A failed two-point conversion left the score at 42-12.

Midway through the final period, Evans rushed for 48 yards for a touchdown and Dart hit Jonathan Mingo for the deuce to cut the lead to 42-20.

With just under four minutes to play, Dart hit Heath with a 13-yard strike and Cruz landed the kick to make it 42-27.

(Image credit: AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Steve Barnes

Steve Barnes joins The Rebel Walk as Senior Editor and brings a trifecta of journalistic experience. As a writer, he has covered college sports for Rivals.com, Football.com, and SaturdayDownSouth.com and has also served as a beats writer for various mainstream newspapers.

He served as a broadcaster for arena football and several national tournament events for the National Junior College Athletic Association, as well as hosting various radio shows.

A former director of sports information at Albany State University (Ga.) and an assistant in Troy and West Florida, he has helped organize many NCAA conferences, regional and national events, including serving on for five years on the NCAA Division II World Series Media Committee. .

Barnes, a native of Pensacola, Florida, attended Ole Miss in 1983-84, where his first journalism teacher was David Kellum. The duo have come a long way since then.

He will bring a proven journalistic background, as well as a knack for finding out-of-the-ordinary story angles to The Rebel Walk.

Barnes continues to reside in Pensacola just ten minutes from the beach because he has taste and brains.

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