FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas snapped a 17-game Southeastern Conference losing skid by putting No. 20 LSU’s offense in a deep freeze in a 17-0 victory Saturday night at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The Tigers averaged a mere 2.28 yards per play as Arkansas (5-5, 1-5 SEC) held LSU (7-4, 3-4) to 123 total yards.
Arkansas, which managed a modest 266 total yards, led 10-0 at halftime as the Razorbacks outgained the Tigers 142-51. The last time LSU was shut out at halftime was in a 27-24 loss at Ole Miss on Oct. 19, 2013.
LSU’s best possession of the first half, a 15-play, 55-yard drive, ended with Colby Delahoussaye’s 27-yard field goal try sailing wide right with 1:41 before halftime. It was only the second miss of the season for the sophomore. (Delahoussaye then missed a 47-yarder with 7:26 left in the third quarter.)
Meanwhile, Arkansas produced 10 points on a pair of 60-yard scoring drives: Adam McFain’s 32-yard field goal with 10:17 left in the first quarter and Jonathan Williams’ 1-yard touchdown run with 8:40 until halftime.
Arkansas’ Alex Collins punched in a 5-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 17-0 with 11:03 remaining. At that point, LSU’s offense had managed a mere 73 yards.
Here are five quick takeaways:
1. JUST CHILLIN’: The temperature at kickoff was 33 degrees. That’s the second-lowest recorded temp at kickoff for an LSU game since 1961. The lowest since ’61? That was the 31 degrees, also in Fayetteville, in a 30-6 Arkansas win on Nov. 27, 1992.
2. REALLY CHILLIN’: LSU’s scoring has plummmeted since blowing out Kentucky 41-3 on Oct. 18. Just 23 points in its past three SEC games. The Tigers managed just 10 points in a 10-7 win over Ole Miss on Oct. 25 and then just 13 in the 20-13 overtime loss to Alabama. ... In that span, LSU scored just two touchdowns (neither of which came on the ground, perhaps surprisingly).
3. DRAWING A BLANK: LSU was last shut out on Jan. 9, 2012, a 21-0 loss to Alabama for the BCS national championship. Arkansas had its last shutout in a 20-6 win over Utah State on Sept. 9, 2006.
LSU’s scoreless first half was its first since a 27-24 loss at Ole Miss on Oct. 19, 2013. It was the first time Arkansas had shut out an opponent in the first half since a 49-7 win over Kentucky on Oct. 13, 2012. That was the Hogs’ last Southeastern Conference win, with Arkansas going on to lose 17 straight entering Saturday night.
4. WHAT ABOUT HARRIS?: Despite what LSU coach Les Miles had to say while sitting in a restaurant for his weekly radio show Wednesday, that true freshman quarterback Brandon Harris would “get an opportunity in the next several games to show his wares,” this one did not provide that opportunity, although Harris warmed up along the sideline late in the third quarter.
Harris started one game this season, a 41-7 loss at Auburn. He went 3-of-14 for 58 yards.
Harris got in for one play — with Jennings shaking off an injury (and getting his facemask replaced) — and ran for 7 yards against Alabama.
5. QUICK READ: The game was LSU’s quickest of the seasons, lasting a mere 2 hours, 58 minutes in elapsed game time.
The quick pace came in stark contrast to the previous Saturday, when the CBS-televised loss to Alabama was the longest game of the season for LSU (3:55). Given that this game matched two run-heavy teams, that kind of pace was not unexected.
The previous quickest LSU game this season was the 31-0 win over UL-Monroe on Sept. 13. The elapsed time for that game was 3:01.