SEC: Arkansas football

LSU's defense steps up at Arkansas

November, 23, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- There was a time, not long ago, when LSU relied on its defense to bail out a struggling offense.

Those days were back Friday -- sort of.

LSU's defense was hardly dominant in its 20-13 victory against Arkansas that allowed the seventh-ranked Tigers to finish the regular season with their third consecutive 10-win season (10-2) and a shot at a BCS bowl appearance, depending on what happens in Saturday's games.

Arkansas gained 462 yards, a yard short of the most LSU has allowed all season, which came last week against Ole Miss.

But where LSU's offense had to score late to produce the game-winner in a 41-35 shootout against the Rebels, it was the defense on the field at the end that held off a last-ditch Razorbacks drive. That drive ended at the Tigers 18-yard line when Tyler Wilson's pass into the end zone floated over the head of Arkansas receiver Mekale McKay.

"A win is a win no matter how you write it up," LSU safety Eric Reid said.

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Alabama's defense dominates again

September, 15, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- No. 1 Alabama didn't get Arkansas' best. The Razorbacks' best busied himself on the sidelines, wearing a ball cap and occasionally listening to the play calls coming in on a headset.

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas' star quarterback, was regulated a casual observer of the offense on a rain-soaked Saturday afternoon in Fayetteville. What he saw from his front-row seat was enough to make any starter call on his backup.

No one wants to be the whipping boy when the Alabama defense is on the field.

A ghoulish Jesse Williams turned Wilson's backups a lighter shade of pale. Williams' face, painted white around his stark brown eyes, showed no sign of surrender.

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