NCAA Game Summary - UTEP at Arkansas|
(Saturday, November 13th)
Final Score: (14) Arkansas 58, UTEP 21
Fayetteville, AR (Sports Network) - Ryan Mallett's 215 yards and five
touchdowns on 19-of-26 passes led 14th-ranked Arkansas over UTEP, 58-21, at
D.J. Williams had five receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns as Arkansas
(8-2) extended its winning streak to four, including last Saturday's 41-20
decision over South Carolina.
Chris Gragg, Cobi Hamilton and Jarius Wright also caught TD passes, while
Knile Davis racked up 182 yards and a score on 11 carries. Mallett and
Broderick Green also recorded touchdowns on the ground in the comfortable win.
"It was a good win for us. It was a good way for the seniors to go out," said
Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino. "I thought they did a real nice job all
week long in the preparation, and they came out hard tonight and executed and
played hard and got a dominating win. It's good that the young players allowed
the seniors to go out the way they needed to go out."
Trevor Vittatoe completed 13-of-21 passes for 151 yards and an interception
as UTEP (6-5) dropped its fourth game in five. Leilyon Myers had 71 yards on
six carries, including a 51-yard touchdown, while Kris Adams caught a TD
pass from James Thomas II.
"Knile Davis is a great player, Ryan (Mallett) is a great quarterback and they
really have some good athletes," said UTEP head coach Mike Price. "We had a
tough time stopping them. I love Mallett. I think he's a great player. I think
he's one of the top quarterbacks in the country."
The Miners jumped to an early lead during the first drive of the game as Myers
broke loose for a career-long 51-yard touchdown run.
Arkansas returned the favor on its first drive, when Mallet scrambled to his
right for a 14-yard touchdown. The run finished off a five-play, 68-yard drive
that took only 2:15 off the clock.
During the ensuing kickoff, Marlon McClure bounced to the outside and returned
it 100 yards, which regained the lead for the Miners at 14-7.
Davis' 70-yard touchdown sprint to the right side of the field on Arkansas'
next play from scrimmage capped a wild first six minutes that had 28 points
scored, as the teams were knotted at 14 apiece.
Mallett hooked up with Hamilton for an 11-yard touchdown pass on a curl route
to give the Razorbacks their first lead with 2:37 left in the opening quarter.
The 6-foot-6, 238-pound quarterback threw his second touchdown of the game to
put Arkansas up 28-14 three minutes into the second quarter. The deep pass
went 32 yard to D.J. Williams.
Arkansas extended its lead to 35-14 seven minutes later, when Wright caught
Mallett's pass on a crossing pattern for a 15-yard touchdown.
The Miners had a chance to kick a 36-yard field goal with time running out in
the half but they were unable to get the attempt off because of a botched
The rout continued for the Razorbacks just under five minutes into second half
when Williams caught his second touchdown from six yards out. Mallett added
another touchdown toss seven minutes later when he connected with Gragg from
five yards out, making the score 49-14.
Arkansas added a field goal with 10:46 left and a late Green TD plunge from
one yard out to give Arkansas 58 points. UTEP only scored once during the
second half when Thomas' deep throw to Adams went 60 yards for a score with
9:44 left in the game.
Arkansas has won both all-time meetings between the schools...The Razorbacks
play at Mississippi State next Saturday while UTEP finishes its 2010 season at
Tulsa next Saturday...Green carried 15 times for 75 yards.
11/14 02:28:48 ET