2:00 PM ET, November 19, 2005
War Memorial Stadium, LITTLE ROCK, AR
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Darren McFadden broke free along the right sideline, racing past the 1,000-yard mark and into the Mississippi State secondary.
He cut back across the middle of the field, then was finally dragged down at the 7-yard line.
"I ran out of gas," McFadden said. "I could've scored if I hadn't run out of gas."
McFadden had already done more than enough, rushing for 165 yards and two touchdowns to lead Arkansas over Mississippi State 44-10 Saturday. That final carry, a 64-yarder in the fourth quarter, made him the seventh freshman in SEC history to rush for 1,000 yards, and the first Razorback freshman to pass that mark.
McFadden was mobbed by his teammates after the play. He received a standing ovation from the crowd of 55,712 as he left the field with a total of 1,056 yards this season heading into the Razorbacks' season finale at No. 4 LSU on Friday.
"It's a great feeling to be the first freshman in school history to reach 1,000 yards," McFadden said. "Our offense has really opened up lately, and our passing game has really stepped up."
Georgia's Herschel Walker holds the SEC freshman record with 1,616 yards in 1980.
Arkansas (4-6, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) led 41-3 at halftime en route to its seventh straight win over the Bulldogs. The Razorbacks improved to 19-1 at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium since coach Houston Nutt took over before the 1998 season. Arkansas held Mississippi State to minus-11 yards in the first quarter and 183 for the game.
McFadden scored on runs of 1 and 21 yards in the first quarter. Mississippi State's Demario Bobo came across to try to stop him on the second touchdown, but McFadden lowered his shoulder and lunged the final few yards to the goal line with the defender on his back.
"If I get in the open field like that, one-on-one, I'll be determined to get in the end zone," he said.
Casey Dick's 15-yard pass to Peyton Hillis made it 27-0 in the second. Adam Carlson kicked a 39-yard field goal for Mississippi State, but Felix Jones returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. Dick later threw a 15-yard scoring pass to Marcus Monk with 11 seconds left in the half.
Last week, Dick threw three touchdown passes in the second half of Arkansas' win at Ole Miss. He went 12-of-23 for 124 yards against Mississippi State, although he had two interceptions.
"Casey gained more confidence in Oxford (last week)," Nutt said. "He's making big third-down plays and I'm not afraid of opening up the offense with him."
Norwood has 3,018 yards rushing with one game remaining in his senior season.
The Bulldogs (2-8, 0-7) have lost 21 straight SEC games away from home and 19 straight overall against SEC West opponents. Their previous game was a 17-0 loss to No. 8 Alabama on Nov. 5.
Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom was pleased with his team's effort in that game. Not this time.
"I thought we made a huge step back in just 30 minutes," Croom said. "We have done a good job of establishing our character and we lost it. We just didn't compete in the first half."
Jones ran for 71 yards for Arkansas, all in the first half. The Razorbacks, who entered averaging 233.8 yards rushing per game, had 247 against Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs' Michael Henig was 11-of-27 for 77 yards. He was intercepted once and lost two fumbles.
"I thought we were going to come out and play hard," he said. "But I felt like we were dead out there."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||1-13||7-14|
|4th Down Conversions||2-3||1-2|
|TD||11:16||DARREN MCFADDEN 1 YD RUN (CHRIS BALSEIRO KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 77 yards.
|TD||4:35||DARREN MCFADDEN 21 YD RUN (CHRIS BALSEIRO KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 56 yards.
|FG||14:51||CHRIS BALSEIRO 23 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 41 yards.
|FG||11:48||CHRIS BALSEIRO 36 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, -7 yards.
|TD||5:15||PEYTON HILLIS 15 YD PASS FROM CASEY DICK (CHRIS BALSEIRO KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 67 yards.
|FG||3:35||ADAM CARLSON 39 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 58 yards.
|TD||3:21||FELIX JONES 100 YD KICK RETURN (CHRIS BALSEIRO KICK)||3||34|
|TD||0:11||MARCUS MONK 15 YD PASS FROM CASEY DICK (CHRIS BALSEIRO KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 48 yards.
|TD||1:36||DEMARCUS JOHNSON 2 YD RUN (ADAM CARLSON KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 77 yards.
|FG||6:40||CHRIS BALSEIRO 26 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 62 yards.