FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — #10 Arkansas took down Bobby Petrino and Missouri State, 38-27 improving to 3-0 for the second consecutive season. It was the first game the Razorbacks played in Fayetteville ranked in the top ten since 2012.
It was also the first time Petrino coached a game in Fayetteville since the spring of 2011.
Arkansas erased a 17 point deficit and a ten point fourth quarter deficit to get the win. Rocket Sanders had two touchdowns in the win with 167 rushing yards.
KJ Jefferson went 19-31 with 385 passing yards, while Matt Landers reeled in 123 yards.
Zach Williams recorded his first sack with the Hogs.
Arkansas had a sloppy start on offense going three and out on the first possession, and then KJ Jefferson fumbling the football on the second.
Missouri State controlled the football for 10:40 in the first quarter. Jacardia Wright gave the Bears a 7-0 lead with a touchdown run.
The Hogs would drive right down the field thanks to a 67-yard completion from Jefferson to Ketron Jackson. On the next play Rocket Sanders would lose the ball on the one yard line and Missouri State recovered.
The Bears started with the ball and drove right down the field. The Hogs defense stalled in the red zone, and Missouri State settled for a field goal, giving them a 10-0 lead.
The Bears would strike again on their next drive. QB Jason Shelley with a 24-yard touchdown run to make it 17-0 Missouri State. You could hear a pin drop at Razorback Stadium.
The offense would finally respond. Jefferson led an eight play 75-yard drive that ended with a Sanders touchdown. It was his third score in the last three weeks.
The Hogs would get the ball back with 1:17 left in the half and strike right now. Jefferson found Matt Landers for a 47-yard gain and on the next play hit Jadon Haselwood for a 38-yard touchdown pass.
Arkansas trailed 17-14 at halftime.
With 5:36 left in the quarter Cam Little hit a 27-yard field goal to tie the game at 17.
Missouri State went for it on 4th and 2 in Arkansas territory and Shelley hit Ty Scott for a 47-yard touchdown. The Bears were back on top, 24-17.
Missouri State would add a 31-yard field goal to push the lead back to ten.
Arkansas would score on the next drive when Sanders took a shovel pass 74-yards for a touch.
After the next Bears drive, Bryce Stephens returned the punt for a touchdown and Arkansas just like that had a 31-27 lead.
Jefferson would seal the deal with a one yard touchdown run to put Arkansas up 38-27.
The Hogs are back in action next Saturday to take on #24 Texas A&M in Dallas.