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Game Day Blog: Hogs Cover Spread But Still Lose Handily

Arkansas enters Death Valley as a 42.5-point underdog

6:56, 4th Quarter – Arkansas recovered a wild onside kick that was batted and kicked around all the way to the LSU 11. Devwah Whaley plunged in from two yards out and the Hogs are currently covering the spread…. LSU 56, ARK 20

8:35, 4th Quarter – Jack Lindsey has been the holder on all kicks for the Hogs the past two years but in his first action at quarterback, he threw his first touchdown pass. The former Springdale QB hit Mike Woods for 24 yards and the Razorbacks first touchdown. LSU 56, ARK 13

14:27, 4th Quarter – LSU is embarrassing the Arkansas defense as they are picking up 18.2 yards per rushing attempt. John Emery breaks off a 39 yard touchdown run and looks to cover the 42.5-point spread with ease. LSU 56, ARK 6

2:46, 3rd Quarter – LSU has scored three touchdowns in the last five minutes of game action, this one an 89-yard run by Edwards-Helaire, his third of the day. LSU 49, ARK 6

5:47, 3rd Quarter – Things are officially out of hand as Edwards-Helaire made Arkansas safety Myles Mason look silly in the open field en route to a 26 yard touchdown run. LSU 42, ARK 6

7:48, 3rd Quarter – On the very next play, LSU puts the ball in the end zone on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Burrow to Chase. LSU 35, ARK 6

8:31, 3rd Quarter – Not much happening for either side to start the second half as the Hogs missed a field goal in the only drive of note. LSU just flipped field position as Edwards-Helaire broke free for a 35 yard run to midfield.

0:14, 2nd Quarter – Just when Arkansas thought there were going to have a chance at an upset, the Razorbacks defense that fans have seen too much in recent years showed up. LSU has scored on three straight possessions and just marched 90 yards in nine plays, capped by Burrow’s second TD pass of the half. LSU 28, ARK 6

1:51, 2nd Quarter – Lack of awareness has cost the Hogs on two separate drives as Jefferson slides down short of the line to gain and Arkansas is forced to punt. LSU with another shot at scoring before the half.

3:17, 2nd Quarter – The Arkansas defense got a couple stops in the first quarter but have been carved up on their past two drives. LSU covered 62 yards in just five plays, capped by a 27 yard run. LSU has 229 yards of offense, including 188 passing from Joe Burrow. LSU 21, ARK 6

5:15, 2nd Quarter – A false start penalty put Arkansas behind the chains and essentially killed the drive. A punt gives LSU the ball back at their own 38 with a chance to add to their lead.

7:38, 2nd Quarter – LSU quickly responded the Hogs’ big drive with one of their own. The Tigers marched 75 yards in just six plays and 2:05 as Ty Davis-Price capped it with a two yard scoring run. LSU 14, ARK 6

9:43, 2nd Quarter – Jefferson’s third down pass fell incomplete but Arkansas pulled even closer as Limpert hit his second field goal of the night, this one from 47 yards out. LSU 7, ARK 6

9:54, 2nd Quarter – The Hogs have chewed up the first five minutes of the second quarter and have moved to the LSU 29 but are facing a 3rd and 14 following a Razorbacks’ timeout.

0:00, 1st Quarter – Arkansas forced a second straight three-and-out thanks to a sack and a LSU holding penalty. Hogs are holding their own, at least on the scoreboard, through one quarter. LSU 7, ARK 3

3:39, 1st Quarter – After moving inside the LSU 10, Arkansas couldn’t convert and had to settle for a 24-yard field goal from Connor Limpert. LSU 7, ARK 3

5:22, 1st Quarter – Following a roughing the passer call, Jefferson hit Treylon Burks for 31 yards as the Hogs move inside the LSU 10.

7:10, 1st Quarter – Arkansas forces LSU to punt for the first time in five quarters as they get a three-and-out. Hogs take over at their own 45.

8:41, 1st Quarter – Facing a third-and long, Jefferson pulled the ball down and scrambled and appeared to have space to pick up a first down but the freshman chose to step out of bounds three yards short of the first down marker. LSU takes over inside their own 10 after a punt.

12:33, 1st Quarter – KJ Jefferson gets the start at quarterback for Arkansas, which makes him the seventh different starting quarterback since the start of the 2018 season.

12:33, 1st Quarter – LSU took the opening kicked and did what you would expect the No. 1 team in the country would do to a really struggling team. The Tigers marched 75 yards in less than three minutes and found the end zone on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Joe Burrow to Ja’Marr Chase. LSU 7, ARK 0

There’s no arguing that Arkansas is near the bottom of the college football world in 2019 and the last 10 days shows that.

First the Razorbacks fired coach Chad Morris following an embarrassing loss to Western Kentucky and then Arkansas opened up as a 46-point underdog. The line has dropped to 42.5 points but it would still be the biggest upset in Razorbacks history.

Follow along as @5NEWSBobby will have updates and analysis throughout.