Arkansas adds to Vols’ misery
Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 7:01 pm
By KURT VOIGT
AP Sports Writer
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jarius Wright and Joe Adams turned in a couple of highlight-worthy plays during a record-breaking night for No. 8 Arkansas.
Led by its senior receiving duo and 140 total yards from Dennis Johnson, the Razorbacks beat Tennessee 49-7 on Saturday for their sixth consecutive victory.
Arkansas (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) kept alive its hopes for a second-straight BCS bowl game — and possibly more. It also earned its seventh straight win against an SEC East opponent, and this one was quite stylish.
Adams electrified the Razorback Stadium crowd with his spectacular 60-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter, and Wright moved into the top spot on the school’s career receptions list with 154. Johnson added a 71-yard touchdown run, keeping Arkansas on track for a showdown with No. 1 LSU in Baton Rouge, La., in two weeks.
“We’ve come quite a ways, but it’s still a process,” Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette said. “I mean, by no means have we arrived or are we finished. It was nice to get a big win tonight, but we can’t look too much into this.
“We’ve got two more really quality SEC opponents left. We’ve come a long ways, but we’ve still got a ways to go.”
While Arkansas added to its growing momentum, the Volunteers (4-6, 0-6) continued their sluggish season. They dropped to 0-6 in the SEC for the first time and need to win their final two games to become bowl eligible. Tennessee hosts Vanderbilt next week before closing out the regular season at Kentucky.
Freshman quarterback Justin Worley, making his third straight start in place of the injured Tyler Bray, was 15-of-29 passing for 210 yards. He also had a costly interception late in the first half.
Rajion Neal had Tennes-see’s lone touchdown while the Volunteers stayed within striking distance early on, nearly equaling the Razorbacks in total yardage. But Arkansas outgained Tennessee 289-169.
Published in The Messenger 11.14.11