Connor Limpert hit a 34-yard field goal with 5 seconds left to give Arkansas a huge 38-37 victory over Ole Miss on Saturday, October 28, in Oxford, Miss.
The Razorbacks fell behind 24 points and rallied behind Cole Kelley’s 3 TD passes and a fumble return for a score to pick up their first SEC win of the season. Arkansas is 3-5 and 1-4 in the conference.
Arkansas-Ole Miss recap
Arkansas 38, Ole Miss 37 (4Q, :05)
Connor Limpert split the uprights to give the Razorbacks their first lead of the game at the perfect time.
Ole Miss 37, Arkansas 35 (4Q, 5:55)
Well, Ole Miss doesn’t seem to want the win. A fumble led to a scoop-and-score for Arkansas and things are on edge.
Ole Miss 37, Arkansas 28 (4Q, 6:08)
A back-breaker. Arkansas was in Ole Miss territory and quarterback Cole Kelley threw an interception. A clock-milking drive from Ole Miss and it’s hard to envision a Razorbacks comeback.
Ole Miss 37, Arkansas 28 (3Q, 9:52)
The Rebels can’t seem to put away Arkansas. Two straight drives with field goals. At this point, though, it’s enough for a two-possession lead with timing running short.
Ole Miss 31, Arkansas 28 (END 3rd)
A fast-moving quarter. Ole Miss is threatening on a drive, though, inside the Arkansas 25.
Ole Miss 31, Arkansas 28 (3Q, 10:41)
Kelley found tight end Cheyenne O’Grady for 9-yard touchdown pass on third down. Hogs have scored 21 unanswered.
Ole Miss 31, Arkansas 21 (HALFTIME)
The Razorbacks rallied a bit in the second quarter. Ole Miss turnovers, a fumble and an interception, the Rebels’ biggest problem.
Ole Miss 31, Arkansas 14 (2Q, 2:44)
Arkansas quarterback Cole Kelley took a keeper into the end zone from 15 yards. Razorbacks trying to keep it respectable.
Ole Miss 31, Arkansas 7 (2Q, 11:52)
The Rebels have scored on all five drives.
Ole Miss 21, Arkansas 7 (End of 1st quarter)
Could not have received a worse start for Arkansas’ defense. Ole Miss is doing whatever it wants with a back-up quarterback in the game. Arkansas offense has found success with up-the-middle runs, but squandered drives with silly trick plays. This is bad.
Ole Miss 21, Arkansas 7 (1Q, 4:23)
Jordan Ta’amu runs 49 yards for a touchdown to stretch the Rebels’ lead in the opening quarter.
Arkansas-Ole Miss game time, information
When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Where: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, Miss.
TV: SEC Network
Line: Ole Miss (-3.5) | Upset alert: What it will take for Arkansas to win
Arkansas-Ole Miss preview
The Hogs (2-5 overall, 0-4 SEC) have lost their last five conference games and seven straight against Power 5 teams. They are coming off a 52-20 loss at home to Auburn.
The second half has been especially rough for the Razorbacks as they’ve failed to outscore their past 10 FBS opponents over the final two quarters. They are also 0-18 under embattled coach Bret Bielema when trailing at halftime.
Ole Miss (3-4, 1-3) lost at home to LSU 40-24 last Saturday. The Rebels will cap a string of three consecutive home games Saturday, the first of which was a 57-35 win against Vanderbilt.
The overall series between the SEC West rivals sits at 35-28-1 in favor of the Razorbacks. The have won the last three games with the Rebels. The Hogs’ last trip to Oxford provided one of the best games in program history, a 53-52 overtime victory.
Hogs quarterback Austin Allen is considered questionable to play with a shoulder injury. He sustained the injury in the loss at South Carolina on Oct. 7. Redshirt freshman Cole Kelley has started the past two games in Allen’s place. Ole Miss will definitely be without its starting quarterback. Sophomore Shea Patterson is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a right knee injury against LSU.
Trent Shadid: Ole Miss 24, Arkansas 21
This will be a battle of attrition. Both teams are expected to be without their starting quarterback. There are also go-to wide receivers, starting offensive linemen and contributing running backs questionable or out on both sides. Clearly, neither side is in a good situation right now, but that should make for a competitive game. Ole Miss gets the edge simply for being at home.
Eric Bolin: Ole Miss 28, Arkansas 27
I am working under the assumption Arkansas won’t start Austin Allen at quarterback. If the Razorbacks do start Allen and he is healthy, I’m taking Arkansas for the win. Right now, though, I haven’t seen enough to be confident this team, sans its best skill player, can beat any SEC team other than Missouri.
John Nabors: Ole Miss 23, Arkansas 20
The Hogs are going up against a team that may be in as bad of shape as they are. With Allen and Shea Patterson both out, it will be a duel of backup QBs. Both offenses struggle to score early, get it going late, but the Hogs are on the wrong end in this one. Ole Miss kicks a go-ahead field goal to seal its victory in Oxford.