Arkansas 17, No. 13 Miss. St. 10, OT
RALPH D. RUSSO
Nov. 18, 2000
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) _ Brandon Holmes had a 7-yard touchdown run to give Arkansas a lead in overtime and the Razorbacks held No. 13 Mississippi State on fourth-and-goal at the 1 to preserve a 17-10 victory Saturday.
On a cold and rainy day dominated by the defenses, Arkansas made the biggest stop.
J.J. Jones and Quenton Caver penetrated and cut the legs out from under Dontae Walker as he tried to sweep around left end on the final play.
Holmes carried the ball on all five overtime plays for Arkansas (5-5, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) and finished with 95 yards on 16 carries, scoring both Razorbacks' touchdowns.
Mississippi State (7-3, 4-3) converted a fourth-and-21 during its overtime possession on a 21-yard pass from Wayne Madkin to Terrell Grindle.
Two plays later, the Bulldogs had a first-and-goal at the 5. Three straight running plays got them to the 1, before Walker was stopped in the backfield.
The loss snapped Mississippi State's 16-game home-winning streak and Arkansas' four game-losing streak.
The Razorbacks blocked a 25-yard field-goal attempt by Scott Westerfield on the final play of regulation to send the game to overtime.
Holmes tied the game for Arkansas with a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:02 left in the game.
But Dicenzo Miller took a short pass over the middle 44 yards on Mississippi State's last drive of regulation that gave the Bulldogs a first down at Arkansas' 25 with under a minute to go.
The Razorbacks then made matters worse for themselves by committing two personal foul penalties that moved the ball to the 5.
After a low snap, Westerfield's kick was drilled into the Razorbacks' rush.
Holmes entered the game in the fourth quarter when Fred Talley sprained ankle an ankle.
To that point Talley was responsible for what little offense Arkansas mustered in the first three quarters. He ran for 91 yards on 25 tough carries. But the 5-foot-9, 190-pound sophomore sprained his ankle with 12:30 minutes left in the game.
The Razorbacks' season has been derailed by injuries from the start, and trailing 10-3 without Talley they appeared to be in serious trouble.
The freshman Holmes, however, provided the spark, running for 70 yards on 11 carries in the fourth quarter.
Shawn Byrdsong, who had two interceptions, scored Mississippi State's only touchdown on a 40-yard interception return in the first quarter that gave the Bulldogs a 10-0 lead.
The Bulldogs managed just 206 yards, while the Razorbacks had just 217.
The loss severely hurts Mississippi State's chances to win the SEC West Division's spot in the conference championship game.