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Saturday, November 20, 2010
Arkansas finds a way to win fifth straight

By Chris Low

Arkansas turned the ball over three times, gave up nearly 500 yards of total offense and only had the ball a little more than 22 minutes.

Somehow, the Hogs managed to win 38-31 in double overtime over Mississippi State and did it thanks to a couple of timely defensive plays.

Tenarius Wright’s sack of Chris Relf on fourth down in the second overtime ended the game, preserving Arkansas’ fifth straight win. But it was Jerico Nelson’s lick on Mississippi State running back Vick Ballard near the goal line in the first overtime that might have saved the Hogs. Ballard was separated from the ball, and it squirted just over the pylon and was ruled a touchback.

The Hogs (9-2, 5-2) stayed alive in the BCS bowl equation, and their showdown with LSU next week in Little Rock could end up being the determining factor.

It’s still not a given, though, that the SEC would get two teams in the BCS if Arkansas beats LSU and they both have two losses. Only the SEC championship game winner is assured of a BCS trip.