Arkansas 13, Mississippi 7
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Wide receiver Anthony Eubanks eluded linebacker Walker Jones and caught Pete Burks’ 12-yard touchdown pass that lifted Arkansas to its first Southeastern Conference victory, 13-7 over Mississippi Saturday.
The pass, on third-and-nine, came in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter. After Burks used Arkansas’ final timeout, the Razorbacks (3-5, 1-4) lined up with four wide receivers and got the mismatch in coverage.
Earlier in the nine-play, 71-yard drive, Burks followed a timeout with a 35-yard pass to Eubanks.
Mississippi (4-4, 1-4) had an excellent chance to increase its 7-3 lead after John Avery ripped off a 20-yard run to the Arkansas 21 midway through the third quarter. On second-and-two, Stewart Patridge wanted to throw a swing pass but Mark Smith blitzed and the pass was behind the receiver. The lateral was recovered by C.J. McLain at the Arkansas 29.
Nine plays later, Burks threw to Eubanks for the touchdown for a 10-7 lead. Todd Latourette kicked a 22-yard field goal with 7:49 to play.
Arkansas led 3-0 at the half on Latourette’s 23-yard field goal.
Mississippi took the second half kickoff and reached the Arkansas 24, mostly on the running of Avery who carried four times for 33 yards. On fourth-and-two at the 25, the Rebels moved three blockers from the right side to the left and Avery made a measured first down around left end.
On third-and-11, Patridge drilled a 12-yarder to Ta’Boris Fisher. From the 12, Patridge pitched the ball to Avery heading left. McLain sealed the outside and Avery reversed direction. Avery, who gained 155 yards on 20 carries, circled the backside defenders and dove past Marcus Campbell into the end zone.
The only first-half score came after Arkansas began from its 8.
Oscar Malone, who made 126 yards on 32 carries, got the drive started when he made 12 on a draw play on third-and-10. On fourth-and-two from the Mississippi 30, Burks rolled right and flipped a pass to fullback Jesse Cornelius running across the field behind the linebackers. The play netted 18 yards and Latourette kicked a field goal four plays later.