This article originally appeared online at uatrav.com on October 28, 2012.
Arkansas lost to Ole Miss 30-27 this afternoon, falling to 3-5 on the season and 2-3 in Southeastern Conference play. The loss also dropped the Razorbacks to 0-2 in Little Rock this season, making it the first winless season in Little Rock since 1993.
With just over two minutes remaining in the game senior running back Dennis Johnson capped off a four-play, 55-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run, tying the game at 27-27.
However, this didn’t prove to be enough. The Rebels promptly drove down the field and senior Bryson Rose kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired to win the game for Ole Miss.
A 22-yard field goal by senior kicker Zach Hocker and a 42-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Tyler Wilson to senior tight end Chris Gragg gave the Hogs an early 10-0 lead.
This lead quickly evaporated in the second quarter. The Rebels answered with a 58-yard touchdown drive and a 22-yard touchdown drive; the latter following a Wilson interception.
The Razorbacks responded with a long touchdown drive of their own, ending with a six-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to redshirt freshman Alex Voelzke. It was Voelzke’s first career reception and put Arkansas ahead 17-14.
Instead of going into the half with a three point lead, Arkansas allowed Ole Miss to score a touchdown with 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Junior running back Jeff Scott’s one-yard touchdown run gave the Rebels a 21-17 halftime lead.
Ole Miss increased their lead in the third quarter with a 27-yard field goal by Rose. In the fourth quarter, Hocker made a 41-yard field goal, while Rose kicked 53-yard and 31-yard field goals, the last of which was the game winner.
Arkansas seemingly had a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, but an illegal formation penalty negated Wilson’s touchdown pass to senior tight end Austin Tate. They had to settle for Hocker’s 41-yard field goal instead.
Johnson had the best game by an Arkansas running back this season, gaining 161 yards on 27 carries. This eclipsed his previous career high of 160 yards rushing, which he set against Ole Miss last year in Oxford, Miss.
Senior wide receiver Cobi Hamilton had another big game, catching 12 passes for 146 yards. His 12 receptions are tied for fourth-most in a single game in school history.
Arkansas had no answer for Ole Miss sophomore quarterback Bo Wallace, who they allowed to scramble and make plays. Wallace finished 29-for-37 for 278 yards and one touchdown, while only throwing one interception. He also added 38 yards rushing.
Wilson had an uncharacteristically inaccurate day. He was only 24-for-43 (55.2%) for 297 yards and two touchdowns. This is just the second game this season in which he threw two interceptions in a game, the first time being against Rutgers.
Arkansas returns to Fayetteville next week to play Tulsa, who is 7-1 overall and 5-0 in Conference USA play. They will be coming off a bye week, but defeated Rice 28-24 last week. The game will air on the SEC Network and kickoff is scheduled for 11:21 am.