Arkansas 30, Texas Tech 7
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ Arkansas halfback James Rouse raced 34 yards for one touchown and set up another with two big runs Saturday night as the sixth-ranked Razorbacks hammered out a 30-7 Southwest Conference victory over Texas Tech.
Cornerback Kevin Wyatt darted 35 yards with an intercepted pass in the opening seconds of play to stake the unbeaten Hogs to a 7-0 lead and they rolled on to their fifth triumph and second SWC verdict.
The Red Raiders, 3-3 and 0-3, trailed by only seven points late in the third period and were threatening before the Arkansas defense stiffened and the Porker offense came alive.
Nursing a 14-7 lead, Arkansas got a third-quarter safety and then exploded for two touchdowns in the final quarter as the Hogs extended their winning streak over the Raiders to nine in a row.
Quarterback Greg Thomas sneaked a yard to cap a 72-yard drive and Sammy Van Dyke put the lid on a 49-yard march with a 6-yard scoring run.
The Raiders got their lone touchdown with 10:53 left in the third period as quarterback Aaron Keesee and split end Wayne Walker combined for 67 aerial yards in an 80-yard thrust capped by a 25-yard pass.
Keesee winged two passes of 2l yards to Walker and then bounced a toss off the hands of Arkansas defender Greg Lasker for the touchdown.
Rouse got his touchdown in the opening moments of the second half and later contributed runs of 23 and 18 yards to set up the Thomas TD.
Rouse gained 145 yards on 14 carries.
The first half was all defense and the scoreboard, at 7-0, reflected as much.
Arkansas never permitted the Raiders to penetrate Razorback territory but the Hogs likewise failed to mount any kind of offense until the final minutes of the second quarter.
With 1:54 left, quarterback Greg Thomas lofted a 34-yard pass to split end James Shibest to launch the Razorbacks on a long distance drive that carried to the Tech 11 before sputtering to a halt.
Tech crossed midfield for the first time of the night in the third period, driving 80 yards for the touchdown that cut the Arkansas lead to 14-7.
Minutes later, the Raiders used a fake punt, a pass interference ruling and a fourth-and-one conversion in a drive that reached the Hog 7 before Arkansas linebacker David Dudley spilled Keesee for a 19-yard loss. Marc Mallery’s field goal from 46 yards out was off target.
The Hogs made it 16-7 after a 64-yard punt by Greg Horne and a clipping penalty left Texas Tech operating from the l. Carl Bradford got the safety by tackling Ansel Cole in the end zone.
Reserve quarterback Mark Calcagni rifled a 41-yard pass to Donnie Centers to set up the final Porker TD.