Scores

Final

Mississippi St 21

(4-7, 2-5 SEC)

Arkansas 42

(7-4, 3-4 SEC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:21 PM ET, November 21, 2009

Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR

1 2 3 4 T
MSST 7 0 14 021
ARK 7 14 7 1442

Top Performers

Passing: R. Mallett (ARK) - 313 YDS, 5 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: B. Dixon (MSST) - 24 CAR, 176 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: C. Hamilton (ARK) - 3 REC, 131 YDS, 2 TD

Mallett's throws for 313 yards, 5 TDs as Arkansas handles MSU

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Ryan Mallett threw for 313 yards and five touchdowns to lead Arkansas over Mississippi State 42-21 on Saturday.

Mallett's final touchdown pass was his 28th of the season, a school record. Clint Stoerner held the old mark of 26.

Anthony Dixon rushed for 176 yards for Mississippi State, which was eliminated from bowl contention.

The Bulldogs (4-7, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) ran all over the Razorbacks (7-4, 3-4) in the third quarter, cutting the Arkansas lead to 28-21 after Dixon's 70-yard scoring run. Mississippi State had the ball near midfield toward the end of the period, but Dixon fumbled and Elton Ford recovered for the Razorbacks.

Mallett threw an 11-yard touchdown pass -- off his back foot while scrambling from pressure -- to Greg Childs to make it 35-21 early in the fourth.

Mallett is the only Arkansas player to throw for five touchdowns in a game, which he has done three times this year. He also holds the school record for yards passing in a season.

Arkansas began the game on a sour note when Mallett was intercepted on his second pass. Mississippi State mishandled its first snap, but wide receiver Chad Bumphis picked up the ball in the backfield and ran all the way to the Arkansas 3 for a 49-yard gain. Arnil Stallworth's 1-yard touchdown run made it 7-0.

The Razorbacks answered with Mallett's 39-yard touchdown pass to Joe Adams, then took the lead on his 58-yard scoring toss to Cobi Hamilton in the second quarter.

Mallett's 5-yard touchdown pass to Jarius Wright gave the Razorbacks a 21-7 halftime lead.

Dixon's 4-yard scoring run pulled Mississippi State to within seven early in the second half, but Mallett answered with a 64-yard strike to Hamilton. The third-and-long play started as a simple slant, but Hamilton eluded two tacklers and outran the defense for a touchdown.

Arkansas announced before the game that running back Michael Smith will miss the rest of the season with an injured hamstring. The Razorbacks were outrushed 327-83.

However, Mississippi State had no passing game to speak of. Tyson Lee and Chris Relf combined to throw for 49 yards and were sacked four times.

Broderick Green ran 2 yards for the game's final touchdown with 2:35 remaining.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MSST
ARK
1st Downs1822
Total Yards376396
Passing49313
Rushing32783
Penalties7-654-24
3rd Down Conversions3-126-11
4th Down Conversions1-30-0
Turnovers22
Possession32:2427:36

Passing Leaders

Mississippi StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Relf4/7273.900
ArkansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Mallett18/343139.252

Rushing Leaders

Mississippi StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dixon241767.3270
Relf12685.7013
ArkansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson11504.5019
Green9252.8111

Receiving Leaders

Mississippi StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Green3175.7013
McRae2136.507
ArkansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hamilton313143.7264
Childs34916.3120

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMSSTARK
TD13:07Arnil Stallworth 1 Yd Run (Derek Depasquale Kick) 70
TD11:21Joe Adams 39 Yd Pass From Ryan Mallett (Alex Tejada Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERMSSTARK
TD12:35Cobi Hamilton 58 Yd Pass From Ryan Mallett (Alex Tejada Kick) 714
TD04:53Jarius Wright 5 Yd Pass From Ryan Mallett (Alex Tejada Kick) 721
THIRD QUARTERMSSTARK
TD09:22Anthony Dixon 4 Yd Run (Derek Depasquale Kick) 1421
TD08:14Cobi Hamilton 64 Yd Pass From Ryan Mallett (Alex Tejada Kick) 1428
TD07:56Anthony Dixon 70 Yd Run (Derek Depasquale Kick) 2128
FOURTH QUARTERMSSTARK
TD12:35Greg Childs 11 Yd Pass From Ryan Mallett (Alex Tejada Kick) 2135
TD02:35Broderick Green 2 Yd Run (Alex Tejada Kick) 2142