No. 10 Arkansas survives scare from Petrino, Missouri State

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Rocket Sanders and Bryce Stephens had lengthy scoring performs in a 2:22 span of the fourth quarter to assist No. 10 Arkansas beat Missouri State and former Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino 38-27 on Saturday night time.

Sanders caught a shovel move for a 73-yard landing scamper with 11:38 left and Stephens returned Missouri State’s ensuing punt 82 yards to provide Arkansas (3-0) its first lead of the sport at 31-27.

Petrino coached Arkansas from 2008 to 2011 earlier than being fired in spring of 2012 after a motorbike wreck and continuing scandal. He received 11 video games and 10 video games in his closing two seasons with the Razorbacks. Arkansas hasn’t reached the double-digit win mark since.

“Their workforce wasn’t higher than us at present as a result of we beat them, however Coach was higher than me at present and I’ve acquired to get that fastened,” Arkansas coach Sam Pittman mentioned.

Arkansas rallied after Missouri State (2-1), took a 17-0 lead, tying it at 17 within the third quarter. Again-to-back scores late within the third quarter gave the Bears a 10-point edge with 12:04 left earlier than Sanders and Stephens scored.

Sanders ran for a career-high 167 yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns. KJ Jefferson threw for a career-high 385 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception. Jefferson’s 1-yard landing run with 1:39 left offered the ultimate rating.

“I believed each of them performed nicely,” Pittman mentioned. “We simply instructed KJ on the final couple drives, it’s your sport, take over the sport. That’s what he does.”

Missouri State took the lead early largely because of the Razorbacks’ self-induced difficulties. Arkansas’ first 4 possessions resulted in two three-and-out punts and two misplaced fumbles, together with one by Sanders on the Missouri State aim line the Bears picked up for a touchback.

Bears quarterback Jason Shelley threw for 357 yards and a landing, profiting from an Arkansas secondary that was with out beginning nickel Myles Slusher and preseason All-SEC security Jalen Catalon, who’s out for the season with a shoulder harm.

LIFTOFF

Sanders entered the sport first within the SEC in dashing, averaging 136.5 yards by two video games. No different participant within the SEC averaged greater than 90 by the primary two weeks. The sport was Sanders’ second straight in setting a career-high.

SACK MASTERS

Arkansas sacked Shelley eight occasions, essentially the most the Razorbacks have had since 2012. Via three video games, the Razorbacks have 17 sacks. That they had 25 final yr in 13 video games.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Arkansas held on, however might fall from No. 10 given the efficiency.

THE TAKEAWAY

The Razorbacks have been darlings after a 2-0 begin boosted them into the highest 10, however with a stretch of SEC video games upcoming, Arkansas has a lot to repair if it desires to remain in the dead of night horse dialog.

Missouri State proved itself able to enjoying up and will compete for an FCS nationwide championship.

UP NEXT

Arkansas will play Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas, within the annual Southwest Basic on Sept. 24.

Missouri State opens Missouri Valley Convention play at dwelling in opposition to South Dakota State on Sept. 24.

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