Scores

Final

Mississippi St 31

(6-5, 3-4 SEC)

Arkansas 45

(7-4, 3-4 SEC)

2:00 PM ET, November 17, 2007

Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR

1 2 3 4 T
MSST 7 0 10 1431
ARK 0 24 7 1445

Top Performers

Passing: W. Carroll (FIU) - 421 YDS, 4 TD, 4 INT

Rushing: D. McFadden (ARK) - 28 CAR, 88 YDS

Receiving: J. Smith (MSST) - 10 REC, 208 YDS, 2 TD

Arkansas 45, Mississippi St. 31

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Casey Dick threw a career-high four touchdown passes to help Arkansas give embattled coach Houston Nutt a win Saturday, 45-31 over Mississippi State.

Darren McFadden ran for 88 yards and threw for a touchdown in what might have been his last home game as a Razorback. There's a good chance McFadden, a junior, will turn pro after this season.

Nutt improved to 22-2 at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium since becoming Arkansas' coach before the 1998 season. This game was a brief respite from constant speculation about his job status. The university strongly denied published reports that any decision has been made on Nutt's future.

Arkansas (7-4, 3-4 SEC) and Mississippi State (6-5, 3-4) are both bowl eligible, but the seventh win was a boost to the Razorbacks' resume.

Dick, who was pulled during a 34-13 loss at Tennessee last weekend, started against Mississippi State and was 14-of-17 for 199 yards. His longest pass was a 57-yard touchdown to McFadden in the third quarter that gave the Razorbacks a 31-10 advantage.

Mississippi State pulled to 38-24 in the fourth on Wesley Carroll's 80-yard touchdown pass to Jamayel Smith. The Bulldogs then got the ball back, but defensive lineman Antwain Robinson intercepted a pass from just in front of Carroll and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown with 6:48 to play.

Carroll found Jason Husband for a 19-yard touchdown on fourth down with 5 minutes left. Mississippi State then tried an onside kick, but Arkansas recovered.

Carroll went 29-of-51 for 421 yards and four touchdowns, but he also threw four interceptions. Smith caught 10 passes for 208 yards.

The Bulldogs took a 7-0 lead on Carroll's 4-yard touchdown pass to Smith. The two also hooked up for a 19-yard gain earlier in the drive on fourth-and-5 from the Arkansas 30.

The Razorbacks answered with 24 straight points in the second quarter. Trailing 7-3, Dick dumped the ball off to a wide open Farod Jackson, who raced all the way to the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown, the first of his career.

Dick later added a 35-yard touchdown pass to Robert Johnson and a 19-yarder to Marcus Monk on third-and-16. The pass to Monk was thrown up for grabs, and the 6-foot-6 receiver outjumped two defenders for the ball.

Dick was 9-of-10 for 131 yards in the first half, then found McFadden for another touchdown early in the third quarter. Dick moved away from the rush and dumped the ball off to the star running back near midfield. Linebacker Dominic Douglas was nearby, but once McFadden outran him, nobody else had a chance.

Carroll threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Tony Burks late in the third quarter, but McFadden -- who occasionally lines up at quarterback for Arkansas -- answered with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Johnson.

The Bulldogs have never won at Arkansas. They are 0-4 at Fayetteville and 0-3-1 in Little Rock.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MSST
ARK
1st Downs2720
Total Yards501429
Passing421223
Rushing80206
Penalties3-316-59
3rd Down Conversions6-155-13
4th Down Conversions3-30-1
Turnovers50
Possession30:5029:10

Passing Leaders

Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carroll29/514218.344
ArkansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dick14/1719911.740

Rushing Leaders

Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon17402.409
Ducre7202.9013
ArkansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
McFadden28883.1017
Hillis11655.9013

Receiving Leaders

Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith1020820.8280
Husband67813.0119
ArkansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson37123.7235
Monk35217.3123

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMSSTARK
TD03:58Jamayel Smith 4 Yd Pass From Wesley Carroll (Adam Carlson Kick)
Drive: 15 plays, 80 yds, 6:25
70
SECOND QUARTERMSSTARK
FG14:55Alex Tejada 39 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 45 yds, 4:03
73
TD10:44Farod Jackson 30 Yd Pass From Casey Dick (Alex Tejada Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 79 yds, 2:36
710
TD05:01Robert Johnson 35 Yd Pass From Casey Dick (Alex Tejada Kick) 717
TD00:43Marcus Monk 19 Yd Pass From Casey Dick (Alex Tejada Kick) 724
THIRD QUARTERMSSTARK
FG10:20Adam Carlson 25 Yd 1024
TD09:33Darren Mcfadden 57 Yd Pass From Casey Dick (Alex Tejada Kick) 1031
TD03:17Tony Burks 35 Yd Pass From Wesley Carroll (Adam Carlson Kick) 1731
FOURTH QUARTERMSSTARK
TD09:44Robert Johnson 24 Yd Pass From Darren Mcfadden (Alex Tejada Kick) 1738
TD09:26Jamayel Smith 80 Yd Pass From Wesley Carroll (Adam Carlson Kick) 2438
TD06:48Antwain Robinson 30 Yd Interception Return (Alex Tejada Kick) 2445
TD05:00Jason Husband 19 Yd Pass From Wesley Carroll (Adam Carlson Kick) 3145