Hogs amass 555 yards, allow season-low 153 in crushing Vandy 49-14
FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas whipped Vanderbilt 49-14 Saturday night when junior quarterback Ryan Mallett passed for a record-breaking 409 yards.
The Razorbacks rolled up 555 yards of offense, and allowed a season-low 153 yards to Vanderbilt. Arkansas improved to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the Southeastern Conference in front of 70,430. Vanderbilt dropped to 2-6 (1-4, SEC).
"This was a good win for us today," Razorback coach Bobby Petrino said. "We won it the way we should have. Overall, I was very pleased with how we played."
Mallett connected on 27-of-44 passes with three touchdowns. Razorback wide receivers and Warren natives Greg Childs and Jarius Wright both notched 87 receiving yards, on five and six catches, respectively. Wright caught two Mallett TD throws in the second quarter for the first multiple-TD game of his career.
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"Ryan Mallett was focused all week," Petrino said. "He came out today and really read the defense well and threw the ball well also."
Mallett's 409 passing yards broke his own record of 408 set against Georgia last season. He also attempted a career-high 44 passes that ranks third on UA's single-game chart. Mallett passed for 400 or more yards for the fourth time in his career. With his passing output, Mallett moves to second on Arkansas' career passing yards list with 6,073 passing yards.
Razorback running back Knile Davis scored on two rushing plays Saturday night and totaled 82 yards. Ronnie Wingo Jr. added 52 rushing yards to Arkansas' 138-yard team total in rushing.
The Razorback defense found the end zone for the final score of the game with Jerico Nelson snatching an interception and racing 39 yards past several Commodores to score at the 13:15 mark in the fourth quarter. Nelson paced the Hogs with seven tackles and a pass breakup.
To start the second half, Russellville native Zach Hocker kicked a 27-yard field goal to make the score 35-14. Before heading to the break, he hit a 26-yard attempt with 26 seconds left.
The Mallett-Wright connection was alive in the second quarter, with the Razorback receiver grabbing touchdown throws twice from 15 yards. In between Wright's scores, the Razorback defense scored points of its own, notching a safety with 7:59 remaining in the first half. Junior linebacker Jerry Franklin sacked Vanderbilt quarterback Larry Smith in the end zone, stripping the ball in the process. Vanderbilt offensive lineman Wesley Johnson was able to recover the ball, but was downed in the end zone for the safety.
In total, Arkansas scored 26 points in the second quarter vs. Vanderbilt. The first-half total of 32 points is the most for any half this season for the Razorbacks. Arkansas' 49 points in the game are the most in an SEC game under Coach Petrino.
Arkansas took the lead for good at the beginning of the second quarter with Davis rushing for the score on the ground from the two-yard line. Davis would score again from two yards out at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Vanderbilt found the end zone twice in the first quarter, with Jonathan Krause scoring on a 21-yard run and Smith connecting with tight end Brandon Barden on an eight-yard pass. The Commodores would fail to score again, surrendering 43-straight points to Arkansas.
D.J. Williams put the Razorbacks on the scoreboard first by grabbing a 2-yard pass from Mallett with 6:46 remaining in the first quarter. The completion capped an eight-play, 78-yard drive. Williams was named the winner of the Crip Hall Award, given to the most valuable senior at UA's Homecoming game. He finished with the game with four catches for 32 yards and the score.