LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Darren McFadden broke free along the
right sideline, racing past the 1,000-yard mark and into the
Mississippi State secondary.
He cut back across the middle of the field, then was finally
dragged down at the 7-yard line.
"I ran out of gas," McFadden said. "I could've scored if I
hadn't run out of gas."
McFadden had already done more than enough, rushing for 165
yards and two touchdowns to lead Arkansas over Mississippi State
44-10 Saturday. That final carry, a 64-yarder in the fourth
quarter, made him the seventh freshman in SEC history to rush for
1,000 yards, and the first Razorback freshman to pass that mark.
McFadden was mobbed by his teammates after the play. He received
a standing ovation from the crowd of 55,712 as he left the field
with a total of 1,056 yards this season heading into the
Razorbacks' season finale at No. 4 LSU on Friday.
"It's a great feeling to be the first freshman in school
history to reach 1,000 yards," McFadden said. "Our offense has
really opened up lately, and our passing game has really stepped
Georgia's Herschel Walker holds the SEC freshman record with
1,616 yards in 1980.
Arkansas (4-6, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) led 41-3 at halftime
en route to its seventh straight win over the Bulldogs. The
Razorbacks improved to 19-1 at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium
since coach Houston Nutt took over before the 1998 season. Arkansas
held Mississippi State to minus-11 yards in the first quarter and
183 for the game.
McFadden scored on runs of 1 and 21 yards in the first quarter.
Mississippi State's Demario Bobo came across to try to stop him on
the second touchdown, but McFadden lowered his shoulder and lunged
the final few yards to the goal line with the defender on his back.
"If I get in the open field like that, one-on-one, I'll be
determined to get in the end zone," he said.
Casey Dick's 15-yard pass to Peyton Hillis made it 27-0 in the
second. Adam Carlson kicked a 39-yard field goal for Mississippi
State, but Felix Jones returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a
touchdown. Dick later threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Marcus Monk
with 11 seconds left in the half.
Last week, Dick threw three touchdown passes in the second half
of Arkansas' win at Ole Miss. He went 12-of-23 for 124 yards
against Mississippi State, although he had two interceptions.
"Casey gained more confidence in Oxford (last week)," Nutt
said. "He's making big third-down plays and I'm not afraid of
opening up the offense with him."
Norwood has 3,018 yards rushing with one game remaining in his
The Bulldogs (2-8, 0-7) have lost 21 straight SEC games away
from home and 19 straight overall against SEC West opponents. Their
previous game was a 17-0 loss to No. 8 Alabama on Nov. 5.
Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom was pleased with his
team's effort in that game. Not this time.
"I thought we made a huge step back in just 30 minutes," Croom
said. "We have done a good job of establishing our character and
we lost it. We just didn't compete in the first half."
Jones ran for 71 yards for Arkansas, all in the first half. The
Razorbacks, who entered averaging 233.8 yards rushing per game, had
247 against Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs' Michael Henig was 11-of-27 for 77 yards. He was
intercepted once and lost two fumbles.
"I thought we were going to come out and play hard," he said.
"But I felt like we were dead out there."