LSU takes overtime win over Arkansas

Michael Tortorich
Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett stiff arms LSU linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.

BATON ROUGE – LSU's Josh Jasper kicked a 36-yard field goal in overtime, which proved to be the game-winner as the Tigers claimed a 33-30 win over Arkansas Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

LSU (9-3, 5-3 SEC) escaped with the victory after Arkansas kicker Alex Tejada booted his overtime 36-yard field goal try wide right, prompting a raucous celebration on the Tigers' sideline.

"For us to come out with victory, I'm just happy for my team. I'm happy for my players and my staff," LSU head coach Les Miles said.

Arkansas (7-5, 3-5) stunned the Tigers by taking a 30-27 lead with 1:18 left in regulation when wide receiver Joe Adams caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Mallett.

LSU answered by going 41 yards on eight plays in 1:08 to tie the score with four seconds remaining. Jasper, who made four field goals in the game, connected on a 41-yard try. He also connected on a pair of 47-yard attempts.

"You count on a guy like that to play big at big times, and he does," Miles said.

LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson passed for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Brandon LaFell caught a 16-yard touchdown in the first quarter and Deangelo Peterson hauled in a 15-yard score in the third.

Trindon Holliday returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, which gave LSU a 17-3 lead.

"Tonight was senior night, so I told myself I wanted to come out and do something to remember my last game at Tiger Stadium," Holliday said. "That punt return is something I think I'll definitely remember."

Mallett finished with 227 passing yards, as he threw five passes to Greg Childs for 124 yards.

Dennis Johnson led Arkansas with 78 rushing yards.

Holliday carried nine times for the Tigers and totaled 57 yards, while Stevan Ridley added 48 yards on 14 tries.

Richard Dickson caught six passes for 44 yards, while LaFell caught four for 70 yards.

LSU wide receiver Brandon LaFell and quarterback Jordan Jefferson celebrate a touchdown.