GAMEDAY College Football

Arkansas 44, South Carolina 30

By ERIC W. BOLIN
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Rocket Sanders ran for a career-high 156 yards and scored Arkansas' first two touchdowns, and KJ Jefferson ran for a score and threw for another to lift the No. 16 Razorbacks past South Carolina 44-30.

Jefferson led Arkansas (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) on three scoring drives in the fourth quarter, never allowing South Carolina to rally.

He finished 18 of 21 for 162 yards passing and ran for 67 yards.

A 23-yard touchdown pass to Warren Thompson with 12:09 left provided the key score, giving Arkansas a 19-point edge. South Carolina had fumbled on its previous drive after Jefferson's 2-yard touchdown run.

Arkansas scored on its first three possessions of the game, all of which went for 12 plays or more.

Sanders finished the first two and freshman Rashod Dubinion had his first career touchdown, giving Arkansas a 21-3 lead in the second quarter.

Spencer Rattler was 23 of 38 with 361 yards passing for South Carolina (1-1, 0-1), though 173 of those came in the fourth quarter when the Gamecocks were chasing from way behind.

Rattler's 62-yard touchdown pass to Antwane Wells Jr. in the third quarter pulled the Gamecocks within five. When he sought Wells in the end zone again in the fourth, he was intercepted by Dwight McGlothern.

Arkansas, which was seventh in FBS averaging 228 yards a game on the ground last year, ran for 300 against South Carolina.

The Gamecocks had an interception and lost two fumbles.

THE TAKEAWAY

South Carolina: The Gamecocks had moments, but consistency was lacking in coach Shane Beamer's second year.

Arkansas: The Razorbacks' defense held up well without two starters in the secondary, including former freshman All-America safety Jalen Catalon.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SCarArk
Ark TD 6:42 Raheim Sanders 1 yard TD run (Cam Little Extra Point) 0 7
SCar FG 3:32 Mitch Jeter 28 yard field goal 3 7
Second Quarter SCarArk
Ark TD 14:28 Raheim Sanders 11 yard TD run (Cam Little Extra Point) 3 14
Ark TD 8:13 Rashod Dubinion 1 yard TD run (Cam Little Extra Point) 3 21
SCar TD 2:56 MarShawn Lloyd 7 yard TD run (Mitch Jeter Kick Failed) 9 21
Third Quarter SCarArk
SCar TD 8:51 Antwane Wells Jr. 62 yard TD pass from Spencer Rattler (Mitch Jeter Extra Point) 16 21
Fourth Quarter SCarArk
Ark TD 14:55 KJ Jefferson 2 yard TD run (Cam Little Extra Point) 16 28
Ark TD 12:09 Warren Thompson 23 yard TD pass from KJ Jefferson (Cam Little Extra Point) 16 35
SCar TD 6:25 Juju McDowell 1 yard TD run (Ahmarean Brown 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 24 35
Ark TD 6:00 AJ Green 1 yard TD run (Cam Little Extra Point) 24 42
SCar TD 3:21 Jaheim Bell 1 yard TD run (Jalen Brooks 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 30 42
Ark SF 1:33 Team safety 30 44
Team Stats
  South Carolina Arkansas
First downs 24 28
  Rushing 5 20
  Passing 14 7
  Penalty 5 1
3rd Down Efficiency 3-10, 30% 9-16, 56%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 29-45 66-304
Passing Yards 378 156
Return Yards 55 45
Completions-Attempts-Int 24-39-1 17-20-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 6-46 2-12
Punts 3 3
Fumbles Lost 4-2 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-40 10-122
South Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Rattler 24 39 378 1 1
Arkansas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Jefferson 17 20 156 1 0
South Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. McDowell 6 35 5.8 1
M. Lloyd 7 23 3.3 1
J. Bell 4 5 1.3 1
S. Rattler 12 -18 -1.5 0
Arkansas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Sanders 24 156 6.5 2
K. Jefferson 19 67 3.5 1
A. Green 9 43 4.8 1
R. Dubinion 8 15 1.9 1
J. Haselwood 3 11 3.7 0
M. Hornsby 1 8 8.0 0
M. Landers 1 6 6.0 0
South Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Wells Jr. 8 189 23.6 1
M. Lloyd 6 75 12.5 0
A. Stogner 5 43 8.6 0
J. Brooks 2 28 14.0 0
J. McDowell 2 25 12.5 0
A. Brown 1 18 18.0 0
Arkansas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
M. Landers 4 45 11.3 0
W. Thompson 3 36 12.0 1
R. Sanders 3 30 10.0 0
J. Haselwood 4 24 6.0 0
M. Hornsby 1 9 9.0 0
K. Jackson Jr. 1 7 7.0 0
T. Knox 1 5 5.0 0
South Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Arkansas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. McGlothern 1 0
South Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Kroeger 3 103 34.3
Arkansas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Fletcher 3 107 35.7
South Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Arkansas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Stephens 2 11 5.5
South Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Legette 2 55 27.5
Arkansas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Pool 2 34 17.0
South Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
Arkansas Missed FG
Player Length
C. Little 50




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