GAMEDAY College Football

Arkansas 38, Rice 17

By ERIC W. BOLIN
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Trelon Smith's 2-yard touchdown run with 12:44 left in the fourth quarter was the game-winner, and Arkansas rallied to beat Rice 38-17.

Smith was Arkansas' most consistent offensive player in a game the Razorbacks struggled on that side of the ball. He finished with 102 yards on 22 carries with the score.

The Razorbacks opened the scoring on a 34-yard touchdown run by first-year starter KJ Jefferson, but gave up the next three scores and trailed 17-7 midway through the third. Jefferson scored again on the ground, from 5 yards, and Cam Little's 34-yard field goal tied the game at the end of the quarter.

Smith's go-ahead touchdown was set up two plays prior when Jalen Catalon intercepted Rice quarterback Wiley Green after Arkansas defensive lineman Markell Utsey deflected the ball. Catalon picked it off at the Rice 48 and returned it inside the Rice 10. Catalon would add another pick with 2:37 left to seal it.

Jefferson went 12 of 21 for 128 yards passing with a touchdown - an insurance score on a 9-yard pass to Tyson Morris - and an interception. He added another 51 yards rushing on eight carries with the two touchdowns.

Arkansas scored its final touchdown on 3-yard run by Dominique Johnson with 58 seconds left.

Green was fair until the fourth quarter when he threw three interceptions over the course of four Rice drives allowing Arkansas to clinch. He finished 12 of 25 for 152 yards with a touchdown and the three picks.

Arkansas athletics press release


Scoring Summary
First Quarter RiceArk
Ark TD 8:23 KJ Jefferson 34 yard TD run (Cam Little Extra Point) 0 7
Second Quarter RiceArk
Rice FG 11:55 Collin Riccitelli 25 yard field goal 3 7
Rice TD 4:19 Jordan Myers 1 yard TD run (Collin Riccitelli Extra Point) 10 7
Third Quarter RiceArk
Rice TD 10:28 August Pitre III 41 yard TD pass from Wiley Green (Collin Riccitelli Extra Point) 17 7
Ark TD 8:11 KJ Jefferson 5 yard TD run (Cam Little Extra Point) 17 14
Ark FG 0:18 Cam Little 34 yard field goal 17 17
Fourth Quarter RiceArk
Ark TD 12:44 Trelon Smith 2 yard TD run (Cam Little Extra Point) 17 24
Ark TD 4:07 Tyson Morris 9 yard TD pass from KJ Jefferson (Cam Little Extra Point) 17 31
Ark TD 0:58 Dominique Johnson 3 yard TD run (Cam Little Extra Point) 17 38
Team Stats
  Rice Arkansas
First downs 19 18
  Rushing 1 12
  Passing 12 4
  Penalty 6 2
3rd Down Efficiency 4-17, 24% 4-12, 33%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 39-81 44-245
Passing Yards 227 128
Return Yards 32 200
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-35-3 12-21-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-11 2-13
Punts 6 6
Fumbles Lost 1-0 2-0
Penalties - Yards 10-60 13-117
Rice Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
W. Green 12 25 152 1 3
L. McCaffrey 5 10 75 0 0
Arkansas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Jefferson 12 21 128 1 1
Rice Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Griffin 13 35 2.7 0
J. Myers 10 23 2.3 1
A. Broussard 6 19 3.2 0
L. McCaffrey 4 8 2.0 0
B. Suckley 1 7 7.0 0
C. Montgomery 1 -2 -2.0 0
W. Green 4 -9 -2.3 0
Arkansas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Smith 22 102 4.6 1
K. Jefferson 9 89 9.9 2
R. Sanders 7 44 6.3 0
D. Johnson 4 16 4.0 1
T. Burks 1 -2 -2.0 0
Rice Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Pitre III 4 97 24.3 1
J. Bailey 4 47 11.8 0
B. Rozner 2 30 15.0 0
C. Patterson III 1 15 15.0 0
J. Bull 2 14 7.0 0
J. Myers 2 11 5.5 0
R. French 1 8 8.0 0
J. Bradley 1 5 5.0 0
Arkansas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Burks 5 42 8.4 0
T. Morris 3 42 14.0 1
K. Jackson Jr. 1 16 16.0 0
D. Warren 2 14 7.0 0
B. Kern 1 14 14.0 0
Rice Interceptions
Player Int Yards
S. Fresch 1 0
Arkansas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Catalon 2 83
M. Brown 1 5
Rice Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Mendes 6 242 40.3
Arkansas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Bauer 5 190 38.0
Rice Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Fresch 1 16 16.0
Arkansas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Brooks Jr. 1 4 4.0
Rice Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Myers 1 16 16.0
Arkansas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Bishop 4 108 27.0
Rice Missed FG
Player Length
C. Riccitelli 36
Arkansas Missed FG
Player Length




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