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Mississippi 31, Arkansas 17

OXFORD, Miss. - Don't try to make the argument to Mississippi coach Matt Luke that Saturday night's 31-17 win over Arkansas wasn't a work or art.

"It wasn't perfect. But, it looked good to me. This win really gives us something to build on," Luke said, whose club won the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. "I told these men that we would fight through barriers and obstacles together and we played our hearts out together tonight."

The Rebels (1-1, 1-0) got a big performance from Matt Corral, who finished 16-of-24 passing for 246 yards, including a pair of touchdown passes to Elijah Moore. Scottie Phillips added scoring runs of 1 and 26 yards and finished with a game-high 143 yards rushing as the Rebels finished with 483 yards of offense.

"I thought Matt Corral was good. He looked much more comfortable this week," Luke said. "It was great to see Elijah make plays, too. This is an important win for us. We played with a lot of passion."

Arkansas (1-1, 0-1) stayed within striking distance at 17-10 in the third quarter on a 69-yard fumble return for a touchdown from Kamren Curl. Quarterback Nick Starkel, who replaced Ben Hicks in the second half, had a 6-yard touchdown pass to Koilan Jackson in the final two minutes.

"It's hard to win in the SEC on the road. It's really hard when you make as many mistakes as we did tonight," Arkansas coach Chad Morris said. "It's frustrating to walk back in that locker room. Now, it's about a response."

Associated Press

September 7, 2019