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Liberty Bowl: Arkansas 53, Kansas 51

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By PHIL STUKENBORG
Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - KJ Jefferson passed to Rashod Dubinion for a 2-point conversion in the third overtime and Arkansas held off a furious second-half rally by Kansas for a 55-53 win the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

The Jayhawks had rallied from 25 points down in the second half to force overtime, but a failed on a 2-point conversion pass from Jason Bean to Lawrence Arnold, ending a four-and-a-half hour bowl marathon.

"We got lucky at the end, but we're Liberty Bowl champs and I'm pretty excited," Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said.

Arkansas (7-6) celebrated the win prematurely in the second overtime after stopping Kanas quarterback Jalon Daniels just shy of the goal line on a 2-point conversion try. But a targeting call on Arkansas' Quincey McAdoo gave the Jayhawks another try and they converted.

Jefferson passed for 287 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 130 yards and two more scores to lead the Razorbacks.

Arkansas and Kansas met for the first time in 116 years, and the Razorbacks used an old-school rushing attack to prevail. Arkansas gained 394 of its 681 total yards on the ground. Rashod Dubinion added 112 yards for the Razorbacks.

Kansas (6-7) played in its first bowl game since 2008, but was unable to stop a late-season streak in which they lost seven of their last eight games. Kansas quarterback Daniels passed for 544 yards and five touchdowns. He set Liberty Bowl records for passing yards, touchdown passes, completions (37) and total TDs scored (6).

Arkansas was dominating despite playing with a roster thinned out opt-outs and transfer portal departures. The Razorbacks dressed only 51 scholarship players.

After leading 31-13 at halftime, Arkansas pushed its advantage to 38-13 midway through the third quarter on a 2-yard run by Dubinion. The TD ended an 80-yard drive.

The 25-point deficit ignited the Jayhawks.

THE TAKEAWAY

During a span of eight seconds in the first quarter, Arkansas scored twice to erase a 7-3 deficit and take a 17-7 lead. An Arkansas interception about two minutes later near the Razorbacks' 10-yard line ignited a 73-yard scoring drive that ended on a short touchdown run by Jefferson for a 24-7 lead. Arkansas led 38-13 late in the third before Kansas rallied.

December 28, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter KansasArk
Ark FG 11:12 Cam Little 37 yard field goal 0 3
Kansas TD 8:40 Ky Thomas 29 yard TD pass from Jalon Daniels (Owen Piepergerdes Extra Point) 7 3
Ark TD 6:05 Matt Landers 59 yard TD pass from KJ Jefferson (Cam Little Extra Point) 7 10
Ark TD 5:57 Ty Washington 17 yard TD pass from KJ Jefferson (Cam Little Extra Point) 7 17
Ark TD 0:23 KJ Jefferson 3 yard TD run (Cam Little Extra Point) 7 24
Second Quarter KansasArk
Ark TD 5:02 AJ Green 20 yard TD run (Cam Little Extra Point) 7 31
Kansas TD 1:18 Mason Fairchild 24 yard TD pass from Jalon Daniels (Mason Fairchild 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 13 31
Third Quarter KansasArk
Ark TD 8:43 Rashod Dubinion 2 yard TD run (Cam Little Extra Point) 13 38
Kansas TD 3:15 Ky Thomas 2 yard TD run (Owen Piepergerdes Extra Point) 20 38
Fourth Quarter KansasArk
Kansas FG 14:07 Owen Piepergerdes 36 yard field goal 23 38
Kansas TD 1:05 Douglas Emilien 10 yard TD pass from Jalon Daniels (Owen Piepergerdes Extra Point) 30 38
Kansas TD 0:41 Luke Grimm 21 yard TD pass from Jalon Daniels (Lawrence Arnold 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 38 38
OT KansasArk
Kansas TD   Jared Casey 2 yard TD pass from Jalon Daniels (Owen Piepergerdes Extra Point) 45 38
Ark TD   Rashod Dubinion 6 yard TD run (Cam Little Extra Point) 45 45
2nd OT KansasArk
Ark TD   KJ Jefferson 20 yard TD run (Jaedon Wilson 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 45 53
Kansas TD   Jalon Daniels 2 yard TD run (Jared Casey 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 53 53
3rd OT KansasArk
Ark   KJ Jefferson OT Plus pass to Rashod Dubinion is GOOD 53 55
Team Stats
  Kansas Arkansas
First downs 30 30
  Rushing 5 19
  Passing 24 10
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 9-17, 53% 8-15, 53%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 34-59 52-394
Passing Yards 544 287
Return Yards 7 58
Completions-Attempts-Int 37-56-2 19-29-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-16 0-0
Punts 5 6
Fumbles Lost 3-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 4-34 7-61
Kansas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Daniels 36 54 534 5 2
J. Bean 1 2 10 0 0
Arkansas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Jefferson 19 29 287 2 1
Kansas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Neal 9 29 3.2 0
J. Daniels 14 21 1.5 1
K. Thomas 10 11 1.1 1
Arkansas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Jefferson 14 130 9.3 2
R. Dubinion 20 112 5.6 2
A. Green 13 99 7.6 1
B. Stephens 1 21 21.0 0
R. Sanders 3 17 5.7 0
M. Landers 1 15 15.0 0
Kansas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Grimm 10 167 16.7 1
L. Arnold 8 119 14.9 0
M. Fairchild 6 80 13.3 1
T. Locklin 3 50 16.7 0
K. Thomas 2 35 17.5 1
K. Terry 1 30 30.0 0
D. Neal 2 23 11.5 0
T. Scott 1 20 20.0 0
D. Emilien 1 10 10.0 1
J. Casey 2 6 3.0 1
Q. Skinner 1 4 4.0 0
Arkansas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Landers 3 121 40.3 1
J. Wilson 2 47 23.5 0
A. Green 4 30 7.5 0
R. Dubinion 3 19 6.3 0
B. Stephens 1 17 17.0 0
T. Washington 1 17 17.0 1
H. Henry 2 13 6.5 0
N. Bax 1 11 11.0 0
H. Cole 1 10 10.0 0
I. Sategna 1 2 2.0 0
Kansas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
O. Burroughs 1 0
Arkansas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Q. McAdoo 1 17
D. McGlothern 1 0
Kansas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
G. Addison 4 158 39.5
J. Daniels 1 48 48.0
Arkansas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Fletcher 6 223 37.2
Kansas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Arkansas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Dubinion 1 3 3.0
Kansas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Morrison 1 7 7.0
Arkansas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Green 2 38 19.0
Kansas Missed FG
Player Length
Arkansas Missed FG
Player Length




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