No. 25 Arkansas takes down LSU, 16-13 in OT; first win since 2015
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU finally returned home to Tiger Stadium after spending nearly a month on the road to host No. 25 Arkansas but the Tigers suffered a 16-13 overtime loss to the Razorbacks.
It was the first win for Arkansas over LSU since 2015. With the win, the Golden Boot will reside in Fayetteville, Ark. for the next year.
The Tigers (4-6, 2-45, SEC) replaced starting quarterback Max Johnson after the first two series of the game. Freshman Garrett Nussmeier took over under center to complete 18-of-31 passes for 179 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. The second interception was in the end zone during overtime.
LSU tight end Jack Bech was the leading receiver with 66 yards on four catches and a touchdown. Running back Ty Davis-Price led the way on the ground with 106 yards on 28 carries.
Defensively, the Tigers were led by linebackers Micah Baskerville and Damone Clark. Each finished with 12 total tackles and seven solo tackles. Baskerville had two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss, while Clark had one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss.
Arkansas (7-3, 3-3 SEC) got things started with a 48-yard field goal from Cam Little to take a 3-0 lead after a quick three-and-out from the LSU offense.
After another LSU punt that saw the offense gain 34 yards on 10 plays, the Tiger defense forced a turnover on downs. Nussmeier then commanded a drive that resulted in a 34-yard field goal by Cade York to tie the game at 3-3.
The LSU defense then forced a quick three-and-out and Nussmeier led the Tigers to their first touchdown of the game, as he found Bech in the back of the end zone for a 29-yard strike to take a 10-3 lead.
After the Tigers and Razorbacks traded punts, LSU looked to extend its lead but on first-and-10 from the Arkansas 18-yard line, Davis-Price, who was lined up in the wildcat, fumbled the snap and Arkansas recovered.
LSU led 10-3 at the half.
After a turnover on downs by the Razorbacks to start the third quarter, the Tigers missed a 55-yard field goal. Arkansas capitalized with a touchdown drive, as KJ Jefferson found a wide-open Dominique Johnson for the 43-yard score to tie the game at 10.
The Tigers looked to answer on their next drive but Nussmeier threw his first interception of the game and the turnover eventually led to a Razorback 27-yard field goal from Little to give them a 13-10 lead.
LSU drove down the field and tied the game, 13-13, on a 45-yard field goal from York. The score was still tied at the end of regulation.
The Tigers got the ball first in overtime and Nussmeier converted a huge third down to keep the drive alive, but on second-and-seven from the 8-yard line, Nussmeier threw a crucial interception in the end zone. Arkansas once again capitalized on the turnover, as Little hit the game-winning field goal.
LSU will be back at home to take on Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, Nov. 20. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
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