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Arkansas rallies to beat Mississippi 38-37

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) In an effort to break out of a three-game losing streak, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said he tried to keep things simple and stick to a mantra of starting fast and finishing strong.

One out of two proved to be enough.

Connor Limpert made a 34-yard field goal with 4 seconds left and Arkansas rallied from a 24-point deficit for an improbable 38-37 victory over Mississippi on Saturday.

''Obviously, we didn't start as fast as wanted,'' Bielema said. ''But we definitely finished strong.''

The Razorbacks (3-5, 1-4 Southeastern Conference) trailed 31-7 in the second quarter and the Rebels were driving down field again when Arkansas' Santos Ramirez stripped the ball from Ole Miss tight end Octavious Cooley and recovered the fumble.

It was the first of two Ole Miss turnovers that would be crucial in helping Arkansas pull within 31-21 by halftime.

''It just takes one play,'' Bielema said. ''I have been coaching defense and been on that side of the ball for so long, that Santos (Ramirez) strip-fumble changed the whole momentum, not just for the defense, but for our whole team.''

Ole Miss (3-5, 1-4) pushed ahead 37-28 in the fourth quarter, but a costly fumble on an exchange between quarterback Jordan Ta'amu and running back Eric Swinney was scooped up by Arkansas' Kevin Richardson and returned 22 yards for a touchdown to make it 37-35.

''We just had to find a way to finish it,'' Richardson said. ''We never quit.''

Ole Miss had to punt on its next drive and Arkansas methodically drove down the field to set up Limpert's game-winning field goal. The sophomore missed a 44-yard field goal in the first quarter, but didn't have any trouble on the game-winner.

Bielema said the comeback was the result of a few adjustments and hard work. The Razorbacks have won four straight against the Rebels.

''It's nothing magical,'' Bielema said. ''It's guys making plays.''

Arkansas' Cole Kelley threw for 189 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He was cool under pressure during the Razorbacks' final drive, leading the 12-play, 62-yard charge that resulted in the game-winning field goal.

Ta'amu - who started his first game in place of the injured Shea Patterson - completed 20 of 30 passes for 368 yards. But his interception and fumbled exchange proved costly.

''He came in there as his first start in the SEC and he did a lot of good things,'' Ole Miss interim coach Matt Luke said. ''I think a lot of people are going to point to mistakes, but those are to be expected. There is enough blame to go around, they don't need to just put it on him.''

Ole Miss lost despite gaining 566 total yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

Ole Miss: The Ole Miss offense looks like it can still be productive, even after quarterback Shea Patterson's season-ending knee injury. Ta'amu was very good in his first start and Jordan Wilkins added 118 yards rushing and a touchdown. But three brutal turnovers cost the Rebels a victory.

''You have to pick yourself up off the mat and go back to work,'' Luke said. ''There is no easy answer on this one, you just have to go back to work.''

Arkansas: The Razorbacks looked pathetic during the first quarter, especially on defense, allowing Ole Miss to gain 253 yards in the opening 15 minutes. But Arkansas recovered in dramatic fashion and got a sorely needed win. The Razorbacks ran for 260 yards.

UP NEXT

Ole Miss travels to face Kentucky next Saturday.

Arkansas hosts Coastal Carolina next Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:07
19-C.Limpert 34 yards Field Goal is Good. Team penalty on MIS Offside declined.
13
plays
79
yds
03:57
pos
38
37
Point After TD 6:01
19-C.Limpert extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
37
Touchdown 6:08
10-J.Ta'amu to MIS 22 FUMBLES. 30-K.Richardson runs 22 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
71
yds
0:00
pos
34
37
Field Goal 9:55
97-G.Wunderlich 20 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
39
yds
01:56
pos
28
37
Field Goal 14:28
97-G.Wunderlich 36 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
51
yds
01:43
pos
28
34
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 10:41
19-C.Limpert extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
31
Touchdown 10:41
15-C.Kelley complete to 85-C.O'Grady. 85-C.O'Grady runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
73
yds
04:13
pos
27
31
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:13
19-C.Limpert extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
31
Touchdown 0:13
15-C.Kelley complete to 13-D.Stewart. 13-D.Stewart runs 23 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
21
yds
00:55
pos
20
31
Point After TD 2:44
19-C.Limpert extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
31
Touchdown 2:44
15-C.Kelley scrambles runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
70
yds
05:44
pos
13
31
Point After TD 10:51
97-G.Wunderlich extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
31
Touchdown 10:51
10-J.Ta'amu runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
66
yds
01:10
pos
7
30
Field Goal 13:08
97-G.Wunderlich 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
53
yds
01:00
pos
7
24
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 4:23
97-G.Wunderlich extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
21
Touchdown 4:23
10-J.Ta'amu runs 49 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
67
yds
01:11
pos
7
20
Point After TD 6:44
97-G.Wunderlich extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 6:44
24-E.Swinney runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
72
yds
01:05
pos
7
13
Point After TD 7:55
19-C.Limpert extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 7:55
15-C.Kelley complete to 21-D.Whaley. 21-D.Whaley runs 12 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
70
yds
06:29
pos
6
7
Point After TD 14:29
97-G.Wunderlich extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 14:29
22-J.Wilkins runs 64 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
74
yds
00:26
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 27 22
Rushing 15 8
Passing 10 14
Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Conv 12-19 4-9
4th Down Conv 0-2 0-0
Total Net Yards 427 558
Total Plays 83 59
Avg Gain 5.1 9.5
Net Yards Rushing 260 198
Rush Attempts 53 29
Avg Rush Yards 4.9 6.8
Net Yards Passing 167 360
Comp. - Att. 19-30 20-30
Yards Per Pass 5.6 12.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-22 1-8
Penalties - Yards 1-10 3-27
Touchdowns 5 4
Rushing TDs 1 4
Passing TDs 3 0
Other 1 0
Turnovers 1 4
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 3-3
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 3-37.7 2-44.0
Return Yards 210 157
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-15
Kickoffs - Returns 7-156 7-127
Int. - Returns 1-54 1-15
Kicking 6/7 7/7
Extra Points 5/5 4/4
Field Goals 1/2 3/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Arkansas 3-5 71471038
Ole Miss 3-5 21100637
167 PASS YDS 360
260 RUSH YDS 198
427 TOTAL YDS 558
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Kelley 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.3% 189 3 1 142.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.6% 738 7 3 126.8
C. Kelley 19/30 189 3 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Hammonds 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 84 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 140 0
T. Hammonds 11 84 0 23
D. Williams 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 56 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
80 382 5
D. Williams 13 56 0 10
D. Whaley 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 52 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
80 347 3
D. Whaley 12 52 0 11
J. Nance 7 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 45 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 61 0
J. Nance 2 45 0 40
C. Kelley 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 22 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
48 68 1
C. Kelley 13 22 1 15
D. Stewart 13 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 6 0
D. Stewart 1 2 0 2
J. Jones 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 72 0
J. Jones 1 -1 0 -1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Stewart 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 49 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 254 3
D. Stewart 4 49 1 23
J. Nance 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 34 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
31 436 5
J. Nance 4 34 0 19
D. Williams 33 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 123 1
D. Williams 1 31 0 31
D. Whaley 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 28 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 29 1
D. Whaley 2 28 1 16
C. O'Grady 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 16 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 139 2
C. O'Grady 2 16 1 9
A. Cantrell 44 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 87 0
A. Cantrell 3 15 0 9
H. Johnson 32 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 23 0
H. Johnson 1 14 0 14
L. Pettway 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 27 0
L. Pettway 1 4 0 4
J. Patton 18 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 53 0
J. Patton 0 0 0 0
J. Jones 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 233 2
J. Jones 0 0 0 0
G. Cross 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
G. Cross 1 -2 0 -2
Defense T-A SACK INT
S. Ramirez 9 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
S. Ramirez 1-0 0.0 0
B. Jackson 78 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
B. Jackson 1-0 1.0 0
J. Liddell 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Liddell 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Limpert 19 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 5/5
SEASON FG XP
5/6 19/20
C. Limpert 1/2 34 5/5 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Johnson 18 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 37.7 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
38 40.1 0
B. Johnson 3 37.7 0 42
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Warren 9 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 28.2 45 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
16 29.2 45 1
D. Warren 5 28.2 45 0
J. Hall 95 DL
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
J. Hall 1 3.0 3 0
H. Johnson 32 FB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 11.3 12 0
H. Johnson 1 12.0 12 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Ta'amu 10 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 368 0 1 163.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.9% 446 0 1 152.4
J. Ta'amu 20/30 368 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Wilkins 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 118 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
100 586 5
J. Wilkins 16 118 1 64
J. Ta'amu 10 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 76 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 128 2
J. Ta'amu 9 76 2 49
E. Swinney 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 6 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 168 2
E. Swinney 3 6 1 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Metcalf 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 107 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 479 4
D. Metcalf 4 107 0 38
V. Jefferson 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 55 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
34 345 0
V. Jefferson 4 55 0 26
D. Lodge 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 55 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 511 6
D. Lodge 2 55 0 44
O. Cooley 15 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 49 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 53 0
O. Cooley 2 49 0 37
A. Brown 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 48 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
41 765 6
A. Brown 2 48 0 28
D. Knox 9 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 156 0
D. Knox 3 24 0 10
J. Wilkins 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 194 1
J. Wilkins 1 24 0 24
M. Pack 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 50 0
M. Pack 1 7 0 7
D. Pennamon 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 76 0
D. Pennamon 1 -1 0 -1
Defense T-A SACK INT
B. Speaks 9 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
B. Speaks 3-2 1.0 0
M. Haynes 38 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
M. Haynes 1-0 1.0 0
H. Moore 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 1.0
H. Moore 1-3 1.0 0
J. Hamilton 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 3 0.0
J. Hamilton 0-0 0.0 1
C. Miller 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 0 1.0
C. Miller 0-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Wunderlich 97 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 4/4
SEASON FG XP
12/15 17/19
G. Wunderlich 3/3 37 4/4 13
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
W. Gleeson 94 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 44.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
29 42.2 3
W. Gleeson 2 44.0 1 48
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Jones 31 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
6 18.3 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
28 25.1 26 1
J. Jones 6 18.3 26 0
D. Pennamon 28 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 27.5 9 0
D. Pennamon 1 9.0 9 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Brown 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 4.6 15 0
A. Brown 1 15.0 15 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:24 ARK 30 6:29 13 70 TD
6:40 ARK 23 0:59 3 8 Punt
4:17 ARK 33 2:54 6 40 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:56 ARK 35 0:44 3 4 Punt
10:51 ARK 25 1:45 4 18 Punt
8:28 ARK 30 5:44 10 70 TD
1:08 MISS 21 0:55 3 21 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 ARK 27 4:13 8 73 TD
7:27 ARK 7 5:21 10 63 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:13 ARK 46 2:02 4 12 Fumble
9:50 ARK 30 3:32 8 -1 INT
4:04 ARK 22 3:57 13 62 FG
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 MISS 26 0:26 2 74 TD
7:49 MISS 28 1:05 4 72 TD
5:34 MISS 33 1:11 5 67 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:17 MISS 27 1:00 9 53 FG
12:01 MISS 34 1:10 4 66 TD
8:58 MISS 22 0:20 2 48 Fumble
2:40 MISS 21 1:18 7 58 INT
0:05 MISS 28 0:00 1 -2 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:38 MISS 5 3:01 8 43 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:00 MISS 30 1:43 9 51 FG
11:51 ARK 42 1:56 4 39 FG
6:08 MISS 29 0:00 1 -7 TD
5:55 MISS 15 1:39 4 15 Punt