LSU Hangs On To Defeat Arkansas, 20-13
Tharold Simon #24 of the LSU Tigers runs the ball against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on November 23, 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The LSU Tigers concluded their 2012 regular season schedule on Friday, defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks, 20-13, in SEC action in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
The Tigers scored first, as kicker Drew Alleman nailed a 49-yard field goal, capping off a four-play, eight-yard drive, that took 1:46 off the clock, giving LSU a 3-0 lead at the 4:45 mark of the first quarter.
LSU extended their lead to 10-0 at the 1:12 mark of the second quarter, when quarterback Zach Mettenberger hit Jarvis Landry with a 22-yard pass, capping off a nine-play, 76-yard drive that concluded the first half scoring.
Arkansas put up their first points of the game at the 10:32 mark of the third quarter, on a John Henson 25-yard field goal, cutting the LSU lead to 10-3.
The Tigers came right back on their very next possession, and scored on a one-yard run by Jeremy Hill, giving them a 17-3 lead at the 9:03 mark of the third quarter.
The Razorbacks then responded with ten unanswered points. Quarterback Tyler Wilson hit Mekale McKay with a 28-yard scoring strike at the 5:52 mark of the third quarter, cutting the LSU lead to 17-10, before Henson was good on a 17-yard field goal at the 12:17 mark of the fourth quarter, making it 17-13, LSU.
Alleman later hit a 27-yard field goal at the 1:26 mark, giving LSU a 20-13 lead, and wrapping-up the scoring.
The Razorbacks had one final chance to score, and got the football all the way to the LSU 18-yard line, but time ran out, and the Tigers held on for the seven-point win.
Arkansas was able to out-gain LSU, in terms of total yards, 462-306, but also turned the football over two times.
Mettenberger led the LSU offensive attack, completing 16-of-29 passes, for 217 yards, and one touchdown, while Wilson paced Arkansas in a losing cause, completing31-of-52 passes, for 359 yards, along with one touchdown.
With the win, LSU ends their regular season with 10-2 overall record, and a 6-2 SEC mark, while Arkansas fell to 4-8 overall, and 2-6 in league play.