NCAAF Game Recap - Arkansas at Mississippi State
Sat Oct 3, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

UVA
23
Clem
41
F
TxAM
24
Ala
52
F
SCar
24
Fla
38
F
Aub
6
UGA
27
F
TCU
33
Tex
31
F
Tuls
34
UCF
26
F
UNC
26
BC
22
F
SoFL
7
Cin
28
F
Ark
21
MisSt
14
F
OkSt
47
Kans
7
F
Okla
30
IASt
37
F
LSU
41
Vand
7
F
Mizzu
12
Tenn
35
F
LaTec
14
BYU
45
F
NCSt
30
Pitt
29
F
Mem
27
SMU
30
F
Camp
14
Wake
66
F
ArkSt
23
CoCar
52
F
Bayl
21
WVU
27
F(1OT)
ECU
29
GASt
49
F
UTSA
13
UAB
21
F
N AL
7
Lib
28
F
Abil
23
Army
55
F
TxTch
21
K St
31
F
JacSt
24
FlaSt
41
F
Miss
42
KY
41
F OT
VaTec
38
Duke
31
F
Char
17
FlAtl
21
F
W Ky
20
MidTN
17
F
Navy
7
AF
40
F
GaSo
35
ULMon
30
F
SMiss
41
NorTx
31
F

Oct 3, 2020, 7:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Arkansas (1-1)

7

7

7

0

21

(16) Mississippi State (1-1)

7

0

7

0

14

Arkansas snaps 20-game SEC skid, 21-14 vs. Mississippi St.
Sun Oct 4, 2020 12:29 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Two coaches and almost three years since Arkansas last won a Southeastern Conference game, the Razorbacks took down the team that was the talk of college football last week.

Feleipe Franks threw two touchdown passes and Arkansas intercepted K.J. Costello three times as the Razorbacks broke a 20-game SEC losing streak by upsetting No. 16 Mississippi State 21-14 on Saturday night.

"The mood in the locker room was probably everything you might expect," first-year Arkansas Sam Pittman said. "The kids have gone for a long time without having an opportunity to win. And against a team, I mean, that's a ranked football team and for us to come in here their place and win, the guys are ecstatic."

A week after a record-breaking and stunning upset against LSU, the Bulldogs (1-1) and new coach Mike Leach hardly looked like the same team. Costello was 43 of 59 for 313 yards and one touchdown.

"I didn't think we read the field very well," Leach said. "Most of our problems out there - offense, defense, special teams - were because our eyes just weren't in the right place. We're not experienced enough or talented enough for that."

Costello and the Air Raid shredded LSU for a Southeastern Conference record 623 yards passing, but the Bulldogs turned the ball over on downs in the red zone twice in the fourth quarter and also lost a fumble against Arkansas. They were 6-of-17 on third down.

"There's so much momentum to be had that we didn't seize, regardless of the coverage," Costello said. "I mean, we completed the ball all over the field, but we've got to finish in critical situations. And I've got to take care of the football, bottom line."

Kylin Hill, the Bulldogs' leading rusher from a season ago, left the game after taking a hard hit in the first quarter and never returned.

Greg Brooks Jr. returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown to put Arkansas (1-1) on top early and the Razorbacks led 14-7 at the half.

Arkansas managed only 275 yards of total offense and 24 minutes of possession. That turned out to be enough.

Franks was 20-of-28 for 212 yards.

"It's just a start," Franks said. "It's a great start. We'll celebrate and then next week prepare to get another one. That's the thing about the SEC. It's not a one-week season. We'll enjoy it, but we'll get to work next week and try to get a win."

Arkansas had not won an SEC game since beating Mississippi Oct. 28, 2017, under Bret Bielema. The past two seasons under Chad Morris the Razorbacks went winless in the SEC and then hired Pittman, a longtime offensive line coach, away from Georgia.

THE TAKEAWAY

Arkansas: Defensive coordinator Barry Odom had gone up against Leach's Air Raid when both were in the Big 12. Unlike LSU, which played lots of man-to-man, Arkansas used plenty of zone defense. The Razorbacks allowed plenty of yards but made Mississippi State settle for small chunks.

Mississippi State: The loud voices of praise Leach will be quiet this week. Bulldogs fans have gone though the full Leach experience in two weeks, puling a stunning upset and tossing out a clunker as a favorite.

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Mississippi State could be a one-week wonder.

UP NEXT

Arkansas will travel to face Auburn next Saturday.

Mississippi State will head to Kentucky.

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Passing

Ark Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
F. Franks 28 20 71.4 2 212 52 0 117.0
MisSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Costello 59 43 72.9 1 313 34 3 69.4

Rushing

Ark Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Jefferson 2 0 0.0 1 0
T. Smith 14 48 3.4 11 0
MisSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Johnson 9 39 4.3 9 1
J. Marks 10 37 3.7 10 0

Receiving

Ark Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Warren 4 100 25.0 52 1
T. Knox 3 31 10.3 12 0
MisSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
O. Mitchell 5 61 12.2 34 0
J. Walley 6 56 9.3 16 0

Fumbles

Ark F FL
D. Warren 1 1
MisSt F FL
J. Walley 1 1

Returning

Ark KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
N. Parodi 0 - 0 0 1 -1.0 0 0
MisSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Payton 2 24.5 0 26 0 - 0 0
J. Walley 0 - 0 0 2 10.5 0 0

Punting

Ark Punt Yds Avg LgPu
G. Caratan 7 300 42.9 48
R. Bauer 1 38 38.0 38
MisSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
R. Bowman 3 138 46.0 51
T. Day 2 75 37.5 45

Takeaways

Ark Int Yds InTD
J. Foucha 2 26 0
G. Brooks Jr. 1 69 1

Team Stats Comparison

Ark MisSt
Points For 21 14
Total Yards 275 400
Rushing Yards 63 87
Passing Yards 212 313
Passing Completions / Attempts 20/28 43/60
Turnovers 2 4
Interceptions Thrown 0 3
Fumbles - Lost 2/2 1/1
First Downs 17 24
Penalties - Yards 5/40 4/25
Time Of Possession 40:40 20:20
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/14 6/17
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 4/6
Punts - Average Yards 0/0 0/0

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Ark MisSt
Ark 3:16 TD Greg Brooks Jr. 69 yd interception return (A.J. Reed kick) 7 0
MisSt 11:01 TD JaVonta Payton 17 yd pass from K.J. Costello (Brandon Ruiz kick) 7 7
2nd Quarter Ark MisSt
Ark 9:33 TD De'Vion Warren 19 yd pass from Feleipe Franks (A.J. Reed kick) 14 7
3rd Quarter Ark MisSt
Ark 3:39 TD Hudson Henry 12 yd pass from Feleipe Franks (A.J. Reed kick) 21 7
MisSt 11:10 TD Dillon Johnson 6 yd run (Brandon Ruiz kick) 21 14
4th Quarter Ark MisSt
No scores this quarter

Game Information

Stadium: Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field, Starkville, Mississippi
Attendance: 13,564
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