Razorbacks miss in another nailbiter attempt

Updated: October 18, 2003, 9:55 PM ET

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- After coming back from 21 points down at Alabama and forcing overtime in a game they eventually won, the Arkansas Razorbacks said they were confident they could do the same against Florida.

Somehow, they almost did it.

"We felt like we could come back today and we definitely had the momentum," said Arkansas wide receiver Steven Harris, who had three catches for 55 yards in Arkansas' 33-28 loss to Florida. "We had some urgency toward the end, but it probably came a little late."

Arkansas scored 21 points in the fourth quarter Saturday, but needed 26 to tie after Florida went up 33-7 with 8:46 remaining.

If a late interception hadn't been wiped out by a penalty, the Razorbacks would have had a shot.

Three weeks ago against Alabama, Arkansas came from being down 31-10 and beat the Crimson Tide 34-31 in two overtimes.

"I guess we don't play like we should until we get under some pressure," lineman Shawn Andrews said. "We have to keep playing hard and get back to winning. We have to encourage each other this week."

Arkansas eventually found the offense it was lacking last week in a 10-3 loss to Auburn. Quarterback Matt Jones completed eight of 11 passes in the fourth quarter to almost rally Arkansas.

The Razorbacks held Florida to just three plays on two consecutive drives as they cut the margin from 33-14 to 33-28. They appeared to have another three-and-out until safety Tony Bua went for the head of Florida quarterback Chris Leak -- the third time Arkansas was penalized for hitting the quarterback late.

The penalty, plus another for complaining about the call, let Florida run out the clock.

Coach Houston Nutt said the offense took too long to get going.

"The defense does better when our offense performs well and puts points on the board," Nutt said. "If we could have put up points earlier it would have made for a better situation. Maybe we could have come out with a win."

Florida went with a short passing game that stretched out the Arkansas defense -- sometimes for just enough yardage to keep drives alive.

"They play very aggressive, almost too aggressive," Florida safety Daryl Dixon said.

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