GAMEDAY College Football

Arkansas 31, Mississippi State 28

(AP Photo/Michael Woods)

By ERIC W. BOLIN
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Dominique Johnson scored the go-ahead touchdown from four yards with 21 seconds left and Arkansas rallied to beat Mississippi State, 31-28.

The Bulldogs (5-4, 3-3 in SEC) had an opportunity to tie the game with two seconds left, but kicker Nolan McCord missed a 40-yard try, giving Arkansas the win. McCord took the kick after Mississippi State's first-string kicker Brandon Ruiz missed his first two of the game, including one from 23 yards.

The win makes Arkansas (6-3, 2-3) bowl-eligible, under non-COVID qualifications, for the first time since 2016 and gives the Razorbacks their second win this season over a team ranked inside the College Football Playoff top 25.

The Razorbacks, trailing 28-23 with one minute left, appeared to have lost when KJ Jefferson's pass into the flat on fourth down from the Mississippi State 25 fell incomplete. However, the Bulldogs were called for holding, Arkansas moved up to the 15 and two plays later, Johnson scored.

Mississippi State had twice come back from two scores down to take the lead. The last of which came on the series before, when Will Rogers found Jo'quavious Marks for a 15-yard score with 2:22 left. Jefferson and the Razorbacks went 75 yards on 10 plays in 2:01 on the game-winning drive.

Johnson, who began the year as the fourth-string running back, made his first start of the season and ran for 107 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns.

Jefferson had his most efficient game of the season, completing 19 of 23 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown. Treylon Burks, who entered as the SEC's leader in yards receiving, caught six passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MissStArk
Ark FG 7:52 Cam Little 46 yd FG 0 3
Ark TD 3:56 Dominique Johnson 1 yd run (Cam Little kick) 0 10
Second Quarter MissStArk
Ark FG 3:21 Cam Little 48 yd FG 0 13
MissSt TD 0:07 Jaden Walley 3 yd pass from Will Rogers (Brandon Ruiz kick) 7 13
Third Quarter MissStArk
MissSt TD 8:15 Rara Thomas 6 yd pass from Will Rogers (Brandon Ruiz kick) 14 13
Ark FG 4:38 Cam Little 51 yd FG 14 16
Fourth Quarter MissStArk
Ark TD 14:10 Treylon Burks 14 yd pass from KJ Jefferson (Cam Little kick) 14 23
MissSt TD 11:41 Rara Thomas 37 yd pass from Will Rogers (Nolan McCord kick) 21 23
MissSt TD 2:22 Jo'quavious Marks 15 yd pass from Will Rogers (Nolan McCord kick) 28 23
Ark TD 0:21 Dominique Johnson 4 yd run (DOMINIQUE JOHNSON 2pt run) 28 31
Team Stats
  Mississippi State Arkansas
First downs 28 23
  Rushing 5 10
  Passing 20 10
  Penalty 3 3
3rd Down Efficiency 6-12, 50% 6-13, 46%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 26-69 45-202
Passing Yards 417 191
Return Yards 71 8
Completions-Attempts-Int 36-48-1 19-25-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--9 3--13
Punts 2 2
Punts-Average 44 50.5
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 10-77 11-84
Time of Possession 32:14 27:46
Mississippi State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
W. Rogers 36 48 417 4 1
Arkansas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Jefferson 19 23 191 1 0
D. Warren 0 1 0 0 0
T. Burks 0 1 0 0 0
Mississippi State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Marks 11 40 3.6 0
D. Johnson 8 31 3.9 0
W. Rogers 7 -2 -0.3 0
Arkansas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Johnson 17 107 6.3 2
T. Burks 3 39 13.0 0
R. Sanders 8 26 3.3 0
T. Smith 5 17 3.4 0
K. Jefferson 11 14 1.3 0
Mississippi State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Polk 8 117 14.6 0
A. Williams 4 72 18.0 0
C. Ford 3 65 21.7 0
R. Thomas 4 63 15.8 2
J. Marks 6 46 7.7 1
J. Jernighan 4 28 7.0 0
D. Johnson 5 12 2.4 0
J. Calvin 1 11 11.0 0
J. Walley 1 3 3.0 1
Arkansas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Burks 6 82 13.7 1
R. Sanders 3 41 13.7 0
T. Knox 4 26 6.5 0
T. Morris 2 19 9.5 0
W. Thompson 2 12 6.0 0
D. Johnson 1 7 7.0 0
H. Henry 1 4 4.0 0
Mississippi State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Arkansas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
G. Morgan 1 0
Mississippi State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Trafford 2 88 44.0
Arkansas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Bauer 2 101 50.5
Mississippi State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Walley 1 -2 -2.0
Arkansas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
N. Parodi 1 8 8.0
Mississippi State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Marks 3 73 24.3
Arkansas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Mississippi State Missed FG
Player Length
B. Ruiz 23
B. Ruiz 46
N. McCord 40
Arkansas Missed FG
Player Length
C. Little 42




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