(23) South Carolina 36

(6-4, 3-4 SEC)

Arkansas 48

(6-3, 2-3 SEC)

8:00 PM ET, November 3, 2007

Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR

1 2 3 4 T
#23SC 3 7 17 936
ARK 21 7 14 648

Top Performers

Passing: B. Mitchell (SC) - 364 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: D. McFadden (ARK) - 34 CAR, 321 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. LeCorn (SC) - 8 REC, 109 YDS, 1 TD

McFadden presents challenge for South Carolina's defense

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Darren McFadden and Felix Jones might finally have some help.

Marcus Monk, Arkansas' career leader in touchdown receptions, caught another last weekend after missing most of the season with a knee injury. His return has the Razorbacks looking a little more dangerous heading into Saturday night's matchup with No. 23 South Carolina.

"It's a great feeling to have Marcus Monk out there," McFadden said, "because he's going to draw two defenders every time."

The Razorbacks are No. 1 in the Southeastern Conference in total offense, but that's a little misleading. For one thing, their nonconference schedule was uncharacteristically weak. Last week, Arkansas handed Florida International its 20th straight loss in a 58-10 rout.

The Hogs (5-3, 1-3) also have been one-dimensional, leading the conference in rushing but 10th in passing.

The 6-foot-6 Monk could help change that. He caught only two passes last weekend, but his presence alone provides more space for Arkansas' dynamic running backs.

"They're leading the conference in offense for a reason," Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said. "They can run it, and now they got a big target coming back to throw to."

McFadden and Jones dressed up as Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble for Halloween this week, the result of an athletic department poll in which fans helped pick their costumes. As amusing as that was, those two are no laughing matter for opposing defenses.

McFadden, the 2006 Heisman Trophy runner-up, has run for 993 yards this year. He's appeared bothered by some nagging injuries over the last month, but coach Houston Nutt said his star's health is improving.

"When we've tried to take everything we had to win a game, usually it's going to include Darren McFadden," Nutt said. "He'll probably get a few more touches now that he's just about 100 percent healthy. You give it to him as long as he can keep taking it."

It's fitting that Monk is back before the South Carolina game, because the Razorbacks' offense was unusually balanced against the Gamecocks last year. McFadden ran for 219 yards, Casey Dick threw for 228 yards, and Monk caught eight passes for 192 yards.

Arkansas held on to win 26-20, and it wouldn't have been that close if not for Blake Mitchell. The South Carolina quarterback relieved Syvelle Newton and threw for 213 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns.

Mitchell will start this weekend for the first time since Sept. 22. Last weekend, he came off the bench in relief of Chris Smelley and was 31-of-45 for 290 yards and a touchdown against Tennessee. He also ran for a TD.

South Carolina (6-3, 3-3) rallied from a 21-0 halftime deficit but lost 27-24 in overtime.

"He played well," Spurrier said of Mitchell. "Not good enough to win, though, because we didn't win the game. But he got us in position."

The Gamecocks' offense may finally be clicking, but their defense is still 10th in the league against the run -- an ominous number for a team about to face Arkansas.

"I think we've gotten better against the run every single game," linebacker Marvin Sapp said. "I think as the season goes on we get better. We play our assignments better."

South Carolina did hold the Vols to 101 yards rushing, but Tennessee doesn't have McFadden. The Arkansas star has rushed for 406 yards in two career games against the Gamecocks.

South Carolina players will honor students killed in last weekend's beach house fire with stickers on their helmets. Six of the students killed in the fire in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., attended South Carolina. A seventh attended Clemson.


Passing Leaders

South CarolinaCMP%YDSTDINT
D. Thompson59.532802411
P. Cooper62.57820
B. Allen56.32125185
A. Allen50.015301

Rushing Leaders

M. Davis1869275.09
B. Wilds1015675.64
J. Williams18810855.811
A. Collins18710245.512

Receiving Leaders

P. Cooper6096616.18
N. Jones3949012.65
K. Hatcher3951713.35
H. Henry3649513.82