Razorbacks and Ole Miss battle in SEC showdown

Arkansas at Ole Miss
11:21 a.m. CT
Oxford, Miss.

Hollingsworth Field/Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (60,580)

Bobby Petrino is in his second season at Arkansas with a record of 8-10 (.444) and seventh overall with a record of 52-29 (.642). The Razorbacks' offensive coordinator is Paul Patrino and the defensive coordinator is Willie Robinson.

Houston Nutt is in his second season at Ole Miss with a record of 13-6 (.684) and 17th overall with a record of 124-76 (.620). The Rebels' offensive coordinator is Kent Austin and the defensive coordinator is Tyrone Nix.

Arkansas has emerged this year as the SEC's top passing attack, led by first-year quarterback Ryan Mallett. He has completed 103-of-187 passes for league highs of 1,646 yards and 14 TDs. Fellow sophomore Greg Childs has been the top target with 25 catches for 480 yards and five scores. Michael Smith did not play in UA's last game at Florida due to injury and Dennis Johnson made his first start of the season and the third of his career. Against the Gators, Johnson carried the ball 14 times for 107 yards and averaged 7.5 yards per carry. Johnson finished the game with 246 all-purpose yards.

Ole Miss ranks third in the SEC and eighth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 13.0 points per game this year. Ole Miss is second in the SEC in sacks with 17 and a 2.83 per game average. The Rebels are averaging 3.25 per game over the last four games and posted four at Vanderbilt. Ole Miss notched a pair against Alabama and was also credited with seven QB pressures. Junior DE Kentrell Lockett is tied for second in the SEC with 4.0 sacks, while LB Patrick Trahan and DE Greg Hardy each boast 3.0. Junior S Johnny Brown tops the team and ranks 12th in the SEC in tackles at 6.8 per game.

The Hog defense leads the SEC in TFLs and ranks second in sacks, led by senior DT Malcolm Sheppard. The two-time team captain boasts 8.0 TFLs and 2.5 sacks. The Razorbacks are atop the league in turnover margin at +7. Jerry Franklin started his 18th-straight game against Florida. Against Florida, DeQuinta Jones made the first two sacks of his collegiate career. In addition, Jake Bequtte forced the first fumble of his career and also had two sacks. Zach Stadther had a fumble recovery for the second-straight game.

Junior QB Jevan Snead passed for a season-high 240 yards against UAB on 15-for-22 passing with three TDs, which equaled his season high. His 65-yard TD toss to Markeith Summers is a season-long. Saturday marked Snead's third three-TD performance of the year and 10th multiple-TD outing in the last 12 games. Snead has topped 200 yards passing nine times in his two seasons as a Rebel. Senior WR Shay Hodge is third in the SEC in receiving yards (64.8 ypg) and fourth in receptions (4.3 rpg). Dexter McCluster ranks second on the team in both rushing (27.3 ypg) and receiving (16 rec, 198 yds).

Against UF, Dennis Johnson returned five kickoffs for 124 yards to bring his career total to 1,502 yards, which ranks second all-time in school history. Felix Jones holds the record with 1,749 from 2005-07. Dennis Johnson is second in the SEC and ranks eighth nationally with an average of 31.4 yards per kickoff return this season. Johnson has had four kickoff returns of 50-or-more yards this season. His 597 kickoff return yards rank as the fourth-highest single-season total in school history.

Senior K Joshua Shene is the lone SEC kicker that remains perfect in field goals, converting all five of his attempts this year including a pair from 40 or more yards. His streak of 88 straight PATs which stands as the second-longest in school history, came to an end at Vanderbilt as his third extra point attempt of the game was blocked. It marks Shene's only missed kick of the year. Freshman Jesse Grandy returned the opening kickoff of the UAB game 88 yards for a touchdown.

Record: ARK, 29-25-1

  • Last: Ole Miss, 23-21 (2008 at Fayetteville)

This game will mark the 56th meeting all-time between Ole Miss and Arkansas dating back to 1908... Ole Miss records show the Rebels trailing the series 25-29-1, while Arkansas' records indicate a 30-24-1 advantage for the Razorbacks... Arkansas claims a forfeit victory in a 1914 game that Ole Miss won 13-7... The two teams met almost yearly from 1937-1969 before the series took a hiatus until 1981... The two schools have played yearly since then, and Ole Miss is 10-17-1 against Arkansas since the series resumed... Arkansas holds a 10-7 edge since it joined the SEC in 1992 and had taken four straight prior to last year's 23-21 Rebel win in Fayetteville... Ole Miss holds a 5-3 all-time edge in Oxford matchups, but have dropped the last two in the series at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium