2008 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

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2008 Arkansas Razorbacks football
Arkansas-Razorback-Logo-2001.png
Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
2008 record 5–7 (2–6 SEC)
Head coach Bobby Petrino
Offensive coordinator Paul Petrino
Offensive scheme Power Spread
Defensive coordinator Willy Robinson
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Razorback Stadium
(Capacity: 72,000)

War Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 53,727)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#1 Florida x   7 1         13 1  
#13 Georgia   6 2         10 3  
Vanderbilt   4 4         7 6  
South Carolina   4 4         7 6  
Tennessee   3 5         5 7  
Kentucky   2 6         7 6  
Western Division
#6 Alabama x   8 0         12 2  
#14 Ole Miss   5 3         9 4  
LSU   3 5         8 5  
Arkansas   2 6         5 7  
Auburn   2 6         5 7  
Mississippi State   2 6         4 8  
Championship: Florida 31, Alabama 20
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Arkansas Razorbacks football team represented the University of Arkansas in the 2008 football season. The Razorbacks played five home games at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas and one home game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas.[a] The Razorbacks finished the season with an overall record of 5–7 and a conference record of 2–6 in Bobby Petrino's inaugural season.

Leading into the 2008 season[edit]

Coaching change[edit]

Bobby Petrino, Arkansas' head coach

Following the final game of the 2007 season, head coach Houston Nutt resigned from his position at Arkansas.[1] He would later accept the head coaching position at Arkansas's division rival, the Ole Miss Rebels.[2]

After Houston Nutt's resignation, former Louisville Cardinals' and Atlanta Falcons' head coach Bobby Petrino was hired to be the new head coach of the Razorbacks.[3] Petrino's contract with Arkansas is a five-year deal worth $2.85 million per year in annual compensation.[4][5]

Petrino hired Bobby Allen (defensive tackles),[6][7] Kirk Botkin (defensive ends and special teams coordinator),[8] Dean Campbell (director of high school relations),[7] Tim Horton (running backs, tight ends and recruiting coordinator),[9] Reggie Johnson (linebackers),[7] Chip Long (graduate assistant),[7] Garrick McGee (quarterbacks),[10] Paul Petrino (offensive coordinator),[11] Mark Robinson (director of football operations),[7] Courtney Sanders (graduate assistant),[7] Mike Summers (offensive line),[12] Jason Veltkamp (strength and conditioning),[7] and Lorenzo Ward (secondary).[7] Ellis Johnson was originally hired to be the defensive coordinator;[13] however, Johnson resigned from his post to take a job with the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 24, 2008.[14] On February 6, 2008, Bobby Petrino hired former St. Louis Rams' secondary coach Willy Robinson as defensive coordinator.[15]

Players[edit]

Arkansas will return with seven starters on offense and four starters on defense. Returnees on offense include quarterback Casey Dick, who threw for 1,695 yards and 18 touchdowns in the 2007 season, and 2007 Dave Rimington Trophy winner Jonathan Luigs.[16] Three players were named to the Southeastern Conference's Pre-Season All-SEC Team: Jonathan Luigs, Mitch Petrus, and Antwain Robinson.[17]

Departures[edit]

The University of Arkansas graduated 11 starting seniors in 2007, which included All-SEC offensive tackle Robert Felton, offensive tackle Nate Garner, fullback Peyton Hillis, wide receiver Robert Johnson, wide receiver Marcus Monk, defensive tackle Marcus Harrison, linebacker Weston Dacus, cornerback Michael Grant, cornerback Matterral Richardson, strong safety Matt Hewitt, and free safety Kevin Woods.

Arkansas also lost consensus All-American tailback Darren McFadden,[18] All-American tailback Felix Jones,[19] and wide receiver Sean Penix[20] as they decided to skip their senior season and declare for the 2008 NFL Draft. The team also lost three quarterbacks in the off-season. Brian Reader stated he would transfer to Monterey Peninsula College,[21] Nathan Emert left the team to pursue a career as a minister,[22] and Clark Irwin left the team to pursue a career in finance and real estate.[23] Placekicker Brian Vavra also decided to leave the team to pursue other opportunities.[23] Citing lack of playing time, fullback Hezekiah Smith transferred to in-state UAPB.[24] After spring training began, redshirt freshman linebacker Tim Dial announced that he was leaving the team to transfer to East Central University.[25]

The Razorbacks also lost linebacker Freddie Fairchild when he was dismissed from the team on June 11, 2008.[26]

Transfers[edit]

In January 2008, former five-star quarterback recruit Ryan Mallett transferred from Michigan to Arkansas.[27] Due to NCAA transfer rules, Mallett would redshirt his sophomore year and would be able to compete in the 2009 season; however, he would be allowed on the scout team in the 2008 season.

Recruits[edit]

On National Signing Day, February 6, 2008, Arkansas received 25 letters of intent by the following players listed below:

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 6:00 pm Western Illinois* Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR W 28–24   70,537
September 6 6:00 pm Louisiana-Monroe* War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR[b] PPV W 28–27   55,048
September 20 11:30 am #13 Alabama Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR Raycom L 14–49   72,315
September 27 2:30 pm at #7 Texas* Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX ABC L 10–52   97,833
October 4 11:30 am #13 Florida Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR Raycom L 7–38   70,072
October 11 4:00 pm at #23 Auburn Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL PPV W 25–22   85,782
October 18 6:00 pm at Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY ESPNU L 20–21   70,534
October 25 6:00 pm Ole Miss Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR PPV L 21–23   74,168
November 1 1:00 pm #18 Tulsa*dagger Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR PPV W 30–23   70,021
November 8 12:00 pm at South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC PPV L 34–21   80,290
November 22 1:30 pm at Mississippi State Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS L 28–31   42,056
November 28 1:30 pm LSU War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR (Battle for the Boot) CBS W 31–30   55,325
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches poll. All times are in Central Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Final
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
Harris Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

2008 Arkansas Razorbacks coaching staff

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator – Paul Petrino
  • Quarterbacks – Garrick McGee
  • Running Backs – Tim Horton
  • Tight Ends – Tim Horton
  • Offensive Line – Mike Summers
  • Graduate Assistant – Chip Long

Defensive Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Willy Robinson
  • Linebackers – Reggie Johnson
  • Defensive Tackle – Bobby Allen
  • Defensive Ends – Kirk Botkin
  • Secondary – Lorenzo Ward
  • Graduate Assistant – Courtney Sanders
 

Special Teams

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Kirk Botkin

Administrative Staff

  • Athletic Director (AD) – Jeff Long
  • Director of High School Relations – Dean Campbell
  • Director of Football Operations – Mark Robinson
  • Strength and Conditioning – Jason Veltkamp
  • Recruiting Coordinator – Tim Horton

Roster[edit]

2008 Arkansas Razorbacks roster
Post-Spring Roster from the University of Arkansas Razorbacks Athletics

Quarterbacks

  •  7 Alex Mortensen – Senior
  •  8 Tyler Wilson – Freshman
  • 10 Nathan Dick – Redshirt Freshman
  • 11 Casey DickSenior
  • 14 Jim Youngblood – Freshman
  • 15 Ryan MallettRedshirt Sophomore

Tailbacks

  •  – Landon Williams – Freshman
  •  6 Brandon Barnett – Junior
  • 21 Michael Smith – Junior
  • 22 Albert Gary – Freshman
  • 23 De'Anthony Curtis – Freshman
  • 33 Dennis Johnson – Freshman
  • 42 Chip Gregory – Sophomore

Fullbacks

  •  – John Durmon – Junior
  •  – Darcel Johnson – Redshirt Freshman
  • 16 Seth Armbrust – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 22 Matt Crowder – Freshman
  • 30 Mitchell Bailey – Freshman

Wide Receivers

  •  – Austin Tucker – Redshirt Freshman
  •  1 Reggie Fish – Senior
  •  2 London Crawford – Junior
  •  3 Joe Adams – Freshman
  •  4 Jarius Wright – Freshman
  • 13 Rod Coleman – Junior
  • 19 Carlton Salters – Sophomore
  • 80 Chris Gragg – Freshman
  • 81 Marques Wade – Sophomore
  • 84 Crosby Tuck – Redshirt Freshman
  • 85 Greg Childs – Freshman
  • 87 John Aaron Rees – Senior
  • 88 Lucas Miller – Junior
  • 89 Joe Chaisson – Redshirt Freshman
 

Tight Ends

  •  – Joseph Henry – Junior
  • 45 D.J. Williams – Sophomore
  • 82 Andrew DavieJunior
  • 83 Lance Thompson – Senior
  • 86 Ben Cleveland – Sophomore

Offensive Tackles

  •  – Jim Hart – Sophomore
  • 62 Michael Aguirre – Junior
  • 72 Grant Cook – Redshirt Freshman
  • 73 Ray Dominguez – Sophomore
  • 75 Matt Hall – Freshman
  • 78 Jose Valdez – Senior
  • 79 Grant Freeman – Redshirt Freshman

Offensive Guards

  • 65 DeMarcus Love – Sophomore
  • 66 Mitch Petrus – Senior
  • 71 Wade Grayson – Sophomore
  • 74 Kareem Crowell – Redshirt Freshman

Centers

  •  – Clay Bemberg – Sophomore
  • 53 Austin Eoff – Freshman
  • 60 Seth Oxner – Redshirt Freshman
  • 63 Jonathan LuigsSenior

Defensive Ends

  •  – Chris Berezansky – Sophomore
  • 53 Adrian Davis – Junior
  • 57 Donnell Sanders – Sophomore
  • 57 Damario Ambrose – Sophomore
  • 91 Jake Bequette – Redshirt Freshman
  • 94 Brian Christopher – Freshman
  • 97 Antwain Robinson – Senior
 

Defensive Tackles

  • 59 Van Stumon – Sophomore
  • 92 Brandon Lampkin – Redshirt Freshman
  • 93 Marcus Shavers – Senior
  • 95 Patrick Jones – Sophomore
  • 96 Malcolm Sheppard – Junior
  • 98 Cord Gray – Senior
  • 99 Lavunce Askew – Freshman

Nose Tackles

  • 61 Zach Stadther – Freshman
  • 69 Alfred Davis – Freshman
  • 90 Ernest Mitchell – Senior

Linebackers

  •  – Stephen Barnett – Sophomore
  •  – Aaron Fenton – Sophomore
  • 34 Jerry FranklinRedshirt Freshman
  • 37 Jermaine Love – Sophomore
  • 38 Elston Forte – Senior
  • 40 Josh Minde – Redshirt Freshman
  • 41 Ryan Powers – Sophomore
  • 43 Tenarius Wright – Freshman
  • 44 Matt Marshall – Freshman
  • 46 Freddy Burton – Sophomore
  • 47 Wendel Davis – Junior
  • 49 Jelani Smith – Freshman
  • 52 Robert Salinas – Junior

Cornerbacks

  •  5 Tramain Thomas – Freshman
  • 17 Shedrick Johnson – Senior
  • 24 Isaac Madison – Sophomore
  • 26 Ramon Broadway – Sophomore
  • 27 Jerell Norton – Junior
  • 28 Greg Gatson – Sophomore
  • 29 Jamar Love – Senior
 

Safeties

  •  – Evan Bettis – Sophomore
  •  9 Elton Ford – Freshman
  • 14 Hunter Miller – Freshman
  • 20 Dallas Washington – Senior
  • 25 Khiry Battle – Freshman
  • 30 Chris Raggett – Freshman
  • 31 Jerico Nelson – Freshman
  • 32 Bret Harris – Redshirt Freshman
  • 35 Rashaad Johnson – Junior
  • 36 Walner Leandre – Senior
  • 39 Matt Harris – Junior

Punters

  •  – Mitchell Smith – Junior
  • 50 Jeremy Davis – Senior

Kickers

  •  – Cody Williams – Redshirt Freshman
  •  7 Alex Tejada – Sophomore
  • 27 Shay Haddock – Sophomore

Long Snappers

  •  – Derrell Hartwick – Redshirt Freshman
  •  – Barrett Reynolds – Sophomore
  • 51 Rhett Richardson – Sophomore

Terms:

  • Freshman – A player in his first year.
  • Sophomore – A player in his second year.
  • Junior – A player in his third year.
  • Senior – A player in his fourth year.
  • Redshirt Redshirt – A player who sat out in 2007.

Game notes[edit]

Western Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Leathernecks 3 7 7 7 24
Razorbacks 0 7 7 14 28

The game was played at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium and marked the first meeting between the two programs.[28][29] The game started with a Taylor Rowan field goal to give the Leathernecks a 3–0 advantage. Joe Adams of Arkansas pulled in a 10-yard pass from Casey Dick with six minutes remaining in the second quarter. WIU's Herb Donaldson then scored twice, once before halftime, and once after.[30] Dick followed with a 23-yard TD scamper, cutting it to a 17–14 WIU lead. Leatherneck fullback Javid Milton ran the ball from one yard out to give Western Illinois a 24–14 lead. Freshman receiver Greg Childs then caught a Dick aerial at the 7:58 mark in the fourth quarter, with Dick running in the game winning score with only 1:49 remaining.[28]

Western Illinois was ranked 22nd in the Football Championship Subdivision entering the contest.[31]

Louisiana-Monroe[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 0 6 8 14 28
Warhawks 0 10 14 3 27

Arkansas is undefeated in the series, with the last game against the Warhawks in 2006, when Arkansas defeated Louisiana-Monroe 44–10.[32] The 2008 game was played at War Memorial Stadium and marked the 8th time the two programs have played each other.[28][c] Michael Smith began the scoring with a 13-yard run to paydirt for the Hogs, but Alex Tejada missed the extra point, giving the Hogs only a 6–0 lead.[33] The Warhawks responded with a one-yard pass from fifth-year senior QB Kinsmon Lancaster to Anthony McCall, and Jeremy Gener added a 20 yard field goal to give Monroe a 10–6 lead.[34] Lancaster again hit McCall in the third quarter, this time from 33 yards away, and Gary Fraizer added another Warhawk score to open up a 24–6 advantage over the Razorbacks.[33] The Razorbacks responded with an eight-yard strike to DJ Williams from Casey Dick.[34] The two hooked up again for a two point conversion, cutting the Warhawk advantage to 24–14.[33] Gener added a field goal with 12:56 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Smith would score again, this time followed by a Shay Haddock completed extra point, cutting the deficit to six.[34] Williams caught a touchdown with eighty-two seconds left, and Haddock connected on the game winning extra point.[33] Lancaster would set Gener up with a game-winning opportunity, but he missed the 45-yard attempt right.[34]

Alabama[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Crimson Tide 21 14 7 7 49
Razorbacks 0 7 0 7 14

Arkansas entered SEC play at home against the Alabama Crimson Tide, as a 9 point underdog. Alabama received the opening kickoff and scored first on their opening drive. The opening drive was helped by a roughing the kicker penalty against Arkansas allowing Alabama to retain possession. Arkansas put together a drive out to midfield on their first drive of the game, but were forced to punt. On the first play of their next drive, Alabama running back Glen Coffee ran 87 yards on the first play for Alabama's second touchdown. At the end of the first quarter, Alabama defensive back Javier Arenas intercepted Casey Dick and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown to put Alabama up 21–0. Arkansas started their next drive at their own 47 yard line after a 41 yard kickoff return by Dennis Johnson, and drove 53 yards for a touchdown on fourth down and 1 from the Alabama 12 yard line. Alabama responded with a 68 yard touchdown drive, capped off by a 25 yard touchdown pass from John Parker Wilson to Julio Jones. On Arkansas's next possession, Alabama corner Justin Woodall intercepted Casey Dick at the Alabama 26 yard line and returned it 74 yards for a touchdown. Arkansas would put together another solid drive, but facing a first and goal at the Alabama one yard line, Alabama stopped Arkansas on 4 plays for a goal line stand. At the half, Alabama was up 35–7.

Arkansas received the second half kickoff and Alabama's Marquis Johnson intercepted Casey Dick's pass on the first play of the second half, setting up a 31 yard touchdown run by Glen Coffee. By the end of the 3rd quarter, both teams had put in their substitutes. On Alabama's first possession of the fourth quarter, backup quarterback Greg McElroy's pass was intercepted by Ramon Broadway, setting up a 10 yard touchdown pass by Arkansas second string quarterback Tyler Wilson. But on the first play of Alabama's next drive, running back Roy Upchurch ran 62 yards for Alabama's final touchdown. The final score was 49–14, the largest margin of victory in the series since Arkansas beat Alabama 42–6 in 1998.

Texas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 0 3 0 7 10
#7 Longhorns 10 21 14 7 52

One of the biggest match-ups between Arkansas and Texas was the 1969 Game of the Century, which pitted #1 Texas and #2 Arkansas in Fayetteville to determine the national championship; Texas won 15–14.[35] In the most recent match-up between the two programs, the Longhorns achieved a 22–20 win against an unranked Arkansas team.[36] The two schools were once conference foes in the Southwest Conference and Texas leads the series 55–21–0.[37][38] The 2008 game was scheduled to be played on September 13, 2008, but the potential severe weather from Hurricane Ike postponed the game.[39][40][41][42] The game was rescheduled and was played in Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 27, 2008.[43]

Hunter Lawrence of Texas began the scoring with a 34-yard field goal. This was followed by an eight yard Colt McCoy pass to Jordan Shipley resulting in a touchdown. With a 10–0 lead, Cody Johnson scored for the Longhorns, giving a 17–0 cushion. Arkansas kicker Shay Haddock connected on a 30-yard boot, but McCoy ran for two more touchdowns, of five and thirty-five yards respectively, before halftime. After halftime, Texas continued to roll, with McCoy TD passes to Quan Cosby and Shipley. Aaron Williams returned an interception eighty-one yards for another Texas score, prompting Arkansas' lone touchdown, an eighty yard fumble return by defensive end Antwain Robinson with 2:20 in response.

The win gave Texas the largest margin of victory in the rivalry since the 1916 edition, a 52–0 drubbing at Clark Field.

Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Gators 7 7 3 21 38
Razorbacks 0 0 7 0 7

The two programs last played each other in the 2006 SEC Championship Game where #4 Florida defeated #8 Arkansas 38–28.[44] The game was played at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium and marked the eighth time the two programs have played each other, with Florida leading the series 7–1–0.[28] The game's scoring began with Florida standout QB Tim Tebow's shovel pass to Brandon James for a touchdown.[45] After both teams punted, Florida punted to Michael Smith of Arkansas, who fumbled, giving the Gators the ball.[46] Jeffery Demps scored from 36 yards out to make it a 14–0 Florida advantage.[45] Arkansas had a chance to score before halftime, but the Casey Dick pass was intercepted at the goalline.[46] Gator kicker Jonathan Phillips hit a field goal from 37 yards out to push the UF edge to 17–0.[45] Michael Smith and the Hogs responded with a drive that ended with a Smith rushing touchdown of six yards to cut the deficit to 17–7.[46] Tebow then threw his first interception of the year to redshirt freshman Jerry Franklin, but the Hogs could not capitalize.[45] Florida went on a scoring tear, first with Tebow throwing a 21-yard touchdown to Percy Harvin, followed by Chris Rainey's 75-yard rushing score and Demps' score of 48 yards.[45] Dick passed Joe Ferguson on the school's all-time passing list to become seventh all-time in the fourth quarter.[46]

Auburn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 3 7 6 9 25
#23 Tigers 7 6 7 2 22

In the 2007 contest, Wes Byrum kicked his second game-winning field goal giving #25 Auburn a 9–7 victory.[47] The 2008 game was played at Jordan-Hare Stadium and marked the 18th time the two programs have played each other with Auburn leading the series 10–7–1.[28] Three days prior to the contest, Auburn fired offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, a proponent of the spread offense.[48]

In Arkansas' fourth-straight AP Top 25 game (all four opponents were in the top 10 when the trip began), the Hogs finally prevailed, 25–22, giving head Hog Bobby Petrino his first SEC victory.[49] The Razorbacks began the scoring, a Shay Haddock field goal with 6:46 remaining in the first quarter.[50] On the ensuing Tiger possession, Tristan Davis returned the kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown, giving a 7–3 lead to Auburn.[49] The second quarter began with a Wes Byrum field goal before the Razorbacks pieced together a touchdown drive, culminating in a one yard Casey Dick rush.[50] It appeared that the teams would enter halftime tied at 10, but a pass was deflected into the hands of an Auburn receiver, who set up another Byrum field goal to give the Tigers a 13–10 edge at the half.[49] One part of the Tiger's QB carousel, Kodi Burns, a Ft. Smith native, scored from two yards out, giving Auburn a 20–10 lead in the third quarter.[50] Arkansas responded with a reverse pass from true freshman receiver Joe Adams to Casey Dick, but the Haddock extra point was blocked, giving Auburn a four point lead.[49] The Hogs added a Haddock field goal to start the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 20–19, before Smith broke free and outran Auburn defenders 63 yards for the longest rushing touchdown of the season.[50] Up five points, Arkansas punter Jeremy Davis ran out of the endzone for an intentional safety, cutting the lead to 3.[49] Burns threw three incompletions, and on fourth down was intercepted by Matt Hewitt, sealing the victory for Arkansas.[50]

Kentucky[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 7 7 3 3 20
Wildcats 0 0 7 14 21

Arkansas' last met Kentucky in the 2007 contest in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which resulted in a 42–29 victory for #23 Kentucky when Andre Woodson led the team to a second half comeback against Arkansas.[51] The 2008 game was played at Commonwealth Stadium and marked the 6th time the two programs have played each other with Kentucky leading the series 3–2–0.[28]

Ole Miss[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 3 10 0 10 23
Razorbacks 0 7 0 14 21

In the 2007 contest, Arkansas defeated Ole Miss 44–7.[52] The 2008 game was played at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium and marked the 55th time the two programs have played each other with Arkansas leading the series 29–24–1.[28]

Tulsa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#18 Golden Hurricane 7 13 3 0 23
Razorbacks 17 6 7 0 30

The 2008 game against Tulsa was Arkansas' homecoming game and was played at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.[53] This marked the 71st time the two programs have played each other with Arkansas leading the series 51–16–3.[28]

South Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 0 7 7 7 21
Gamecocks 10 7 3 14 34

In the 2007 contest, Arkansas defeated South Carolina 48–36 as South Carolina gave up 542 rushing yards.[54] The 2008 game was played at Williams-Brice Stadium and marked the 17th time the two programs have played each other with Arkansas leading the series 10–6–0.[28]

Mississippi State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 14 0 7 7 28
Bulldogs 7 10 7 7 31

In the 2007 contest, Casey Dick threw a career-high four touchdowns passes that allowed Arkansas to defeat Mississippi State 45–31.[55] The 2008 game was played at Davis Wade Stadium and marked the 19th time the two programs have played each other with Arkansas leading the series 12–5–1.[28]

LSU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 3 20 7 0 30
Razorbacks 14 0 7 10 31

The defending national champions LSU Tigers sought to reclaim the Golden Boot after losing it at Death Valley when unranked Arkansas beat then #1 LSU 50–48 in triple overtime.[56] The 2008 game was originally scheduled to be played on November 29, 2008[57] but was moved to November 28, 2008 to accommodate a national broadcast by CBS Sports.[53][58] The game was played at War Memorial Stadium and marked the 13th time the two teams play for the Golden Boot. The game also marked the 54th time the two programs have played each other with LSU leading the series 33–18–2.[59] The outcome of the game was decided by a touchdown pass by quarterback Casey Dick to receiver London Crawford in the last twenty seconds of the game to tie the game. A successful extra point kick gave the Razorbacks a one point lead which LSU failed to overcome in the remaining seconds, thus allowing Arkansas to retain possession of the Golden Boot for another year.

Statistics[edit]

Team[edit]

Team Opp
Scoring 263 374
  Points per Game 21.9 31.2
First Downs 232 229
  Rushing 83 109
  Passing 134 108
  Penalty 15 12
Total Offense 4477 4502
  Avg per Play 5.5 5.6
  Avg per Game 373.1 375.2
Fumbles-Lost 16–7 20–5
Penalties-Yards 79–584 66–563
  Avg yards per Game 48.7 46.9
Team Opp
Punts-Yards 58-2468 51-2131
  Avg yards per Punt 42.6 41.8
Time of Possession/Game 30:26 29:34
3rd Down Conversions 65 of 176 72/173
4th Down Conversions 14 of 26 11 of 19
Touchdowns Scored 34 46
Field Goals-Attempts 9–16 7–24
PAT-Attempts 30–32 45–46

Scores by quarter[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas 55 57 59 92 263
Opponents 78 125 79 92 374

Offense[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Name GP-GS Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
Michael Smith 10–9 207 1119 47 1072 5.2 8 63 107.2
Dennis Johnson 12–2 36 194 10 184 5.1 1 54 15.3
DeAnthony Curtis 10–0 23 83 7 76 3.3 0 18 7.6
Brandon Barnett 6–0 12 61 0 61 5.1 1 23 10.2
Joe Adams 12–7 6 55 9 46 7.7 0 19 3.8
Nathan Dick 3–2 11 42 22 20 1.8 0 15 6.7
Jarius Wright 12–7 1 1 0 1 1.0 0 1 0.1
London Crawford 12–11 1 0 5 (−5) (−5.0) 0 0 (−0.4)
TEAM 8–0 5 0 8 (−8) (−1.6) 0 0 (−1.0)
Jeremy Davis 12–0 1 0 10 (−10) (−10.0) 0 0 (−0.8)
Tyler Wilson 2–0 3 0 24 (−24) (−8.0) 0 0 (−12.0)
Casey Dick 11–10 72 210 261 (−51) (−0.7) 3 24 (−4.6)
Total 12 378 1765 403 1362 3.6 13 63 113.5
Opponents 12 461 2348 299 2049 4.4 20 87 170.8

Passing[edit]

Name GP–GS Effic Att–Cmp–Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Casey Dick 11–10 122.44 205–357–14 57.4 2586 13 76 235.1
Nathan Dick 3–2 134.41 36–62–2 58.1 454 4 87 151.3
Tyler Wilson 2–0 73.16 11–22–2 50.0 69 1 10 34.5
TEAM 8–0 0.00 0–1–0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Joe Adams 12–7 480.40 1–1–0 100.0 6 1 6 0.5
Total 12 122.20 253–443–18 57.1 3115 19 87 259.6
Opponents 12 127.28 185–347–11 53.3 2453 22 71 204.4

Receiving[edit]

Name GP-GS No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
DJ Williams 12–8 61 723 11.9 3 76 60.2
Michael Smith 10–9 32 296 9.3 2 41 29.8
Joe Adams 12–7 31 377 12.2 1 33 31.4
Lucas Miller 12–6 30 490 16.3 2 87 40.8
London Crawford 12–11 27 311 11.5 1 34 25.9
Jarius Wright 12–7 19 348 18.3 2 70 29.0
Greg Childs 12–1 18 273 15.2 2 39 22.8
Andrew Davie 12–4 8 71 8.9 3 16 5.9
DeAnthony Curtis 10–0 8 68 8.5 0 22 6.8
Carlton Salters 10–1 6 66 11.0 0 21 6.6
Dennis Johnson 12–2 4 23 5.8 0 10 1.9
Crosby Tuck 9–1 2 18 9.0 0 12 2.0
Casey Dick 11–10 2 3 1.5 1 6 0.3
Chris Gragg 12–3 1 25 25.0 0 25 2.1
Brandon Barnett 6–0 1 9 9.0 0 9 1.5
Jermaine Love 11–0 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.6
Mitchell Bailey 3–0 1 4 4.0 0 4 1.3
Ben Cleveland 9–0 1 1 1.0 0 1 0.1
Total 12 253 3115 12.3 19 87 259.6
Opponents 12 185 2453 13.3 22 71 204.4

Defense[edit]

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Total 12 676 311 987 69–291 23–147 53 62 11–138 12.5 0 4–97 9 0
Opponents 12 513 318 831 93–400 46–287 49 44 18–421 23.4 0 7–0 3 1

Special teams[edit]

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Jeremy Davis 57 2460 43.2 58 5 11 17 0 24 1432 59.7 0 0
Alex Tejada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 1750 60.3 1 1
TEAM 1 8 8.0 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total 58 2468 42.6 58 5 11 17 1 53 3182 60.0 1 1
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Jarius Wright 6 15 2.5 0 8 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Smith 5 44 8.8 0 16 0 0 0 0 0
Jerell Norton 4 21 5.2 0 11 0 0 0 0 0
Dennis Johnson 0 0 0 0 0 41 905 22.1 1 96
Elton Ford 0 0 0 0 0 6 127 21.2 0 32
London Crawford 0 0 0 0 0 2 31 15.5 0 18
Aaron Fenton 0 0 0 0 0 2 21 10.5 0 15
Joe Adams 0 0 0 0 0 1 20 20.0 0 20
Total 15 80 5.3 0 16 52 1104 21.2 1 96
Opponents 29 174 6.0 0 15 21 1226 24.0 1 97

Footnotes[edit]

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