Arkansas 38, NE Louisiana 21
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Arkansas took advantage of great field position in the first quarter and avoided its worst start since 1958 with a 38-21 victory over Northeast Louisiana on Saturday night.
The Razorbacks (1-2) got the ball at the Northeast 41 on a fumbled punt, the Northeast 26 on an interception and the Northeast 43 on a short punt. Those possessions ended with Todd Latourette’s 43-yard field goal, Chrys Chukwuma’s first touchdown and a 2-yard TD run by Oscar Malone.
Northeast (2-3), which moved to Division I-A in 1994, had one first down and 20 yards at halftime and trailed 31-0. The Indians ran 26 plays in the first half and only seven gained yardage. Raymond Philyaw was 3-of-13 in the first half, but threw three touchdown passes in the second half.
Arkansas quarterback Pete Burks misfired on his first four passes, but was 12-of-13 for 149 yards the remainder of the half. Burks finished 17-of-25 for 207 yards.
The opening kickoff floated over Arkansas’ frontline and Northeast’s Alonzo Hampton recovered at the Razorbacks 34.
The Indians made a first down but Philyaw’s third-down pass was incomplete and Cory Babineaux missed a 36-yard field goal attempt.
Arkansas got nothing out of three plays, but Northeast’s Mike Mitchell dropped a punt and Chris Akins recovered at the Indians 41. Arkansas settled for Latourette’s field goal.
Moments later, Philyaw’s pass was easily intercepted by Marcus Campbell who returned it 20 yards to the Northeast 26. Chukwuma later pounded inside for his first touchdown.
Arkansas started from the Northeast 43 after Jason Pope’s 21-yard punt. Burks threw eight yards to Anthony Eubanks for a first down and then hit a diving Eubanks on a deep slant _ a pattern that was good for more than 20 yards on four occasions. Malone then scored on first down.